The Kantara castle lies in the Kyrenia on mountain top at 630m of altitude 70km west of Kyrenia, overlooking the sea between the northern coast of Cyprus and Turkey. It is accessible by car from the coast in Kaplica via a 7km long mountain road which leads to a parking. From the parking it's a short easy walk to the castle ruins.
The Kantara castle ruins are slightly bigger than those of the Buffavento castle, but smaller than those of the St Hilarion castle. The castle lies on a mountain top, with views of both the northern and eastern coasts. Not too many structures are left. The Kantara castle was originally built by the Byzantines in the 10th century and was later rebuilt in the 13th century by the Lusignans.
01 Karpaz peninsula 02 Kantara castle 03 Viewing platform
04 Southeast tower 05 Top tower 06 Top tower 07 Kantara castle
08 Coastline 09 Northeast tower 10 Top tower ruins
11 Kantara castle 12 Path and view towards Karpaz peninsula
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