During the hot summers in Northern Cyprus, one of the most popular destinations is the beautiful harbor town of Kyrenia, easily accessible with your Northern Cyprus car hire. Here in this idyllic setting, sea breezes combine with the coolness of the nearby mountains to create an ideal summer resort.
Kyrenia Car Hire Driving Rules Drivers from the United Kingdom will feel at home on the road with their Northern Cyprus car hire because, like the UK, the traffic flow here is also on the left side of the roads. If you will be driving with children in the car you should be aware that children under the age of five are not permitted to be in the front seat of the car. And children between the ages of five and ten must be wearing seatbelts if they are riding in the front seat of the car. The laws pertaining to driving while under the influence of alcohol are very strict in Northern Cyprus. Drunk-driving laws will be enforced if you are found to have 50 mg of alcohol or more for every 100 ml of breath. If you are arrested for drunk-driving here you will be subject to a large fine and will likely spend the night in a detoxification cell.
Kyrenia Car Hire Speed Limits Speed limits in the area may be posted in both kilometers per hour or miles per hour. On the highway the speed limit is 100 kph (60 mph). You should be aware that there is also a minimum speed of 65 kph (40 mph) that may be enforced on the highway as well. On smaller back roads the speed limit is 60 kph (37 mph). In Northern Cyprus, the areas where the main road enters the urban area are known as “build-up areas” and the speed limits in these areas are 50 kph (31 mph). The boundaries of these urban areas are not always clearly marked and there may be policemen dressed in khaki uniforms with radar devices watching for speeders. These radar spots are often set up on weekend nights, especially on the western side of Kyrenia near the military base there. If ticketed, you will have 15 days to pay your fine at the local police station. If the ticket is not paid your name may be placed on a list at the airport and your departure could be delayed. Although the fines may seem low, do not fail to pay them on time.
Kyrenia Car Hire Parking and Road Tips In Kyrenia parking signs are poorly marked but, because of this, you will often be politely warned if a local policeman notices that you are attempting to park your Northern Cyprus car hire in a prohibited area. Car parks in this area are generally marked as “Oto Parks”. On maps and highway signs, roads are marked according to their grade; from A to F. An “A” road is the highest quality, normally a four-lane divided highway. “B” roads are also major roads but they are not divided. “E” and “F” roads are usually narrow two-lane roads or single-lane roads with sharp edges and restricted visibility. It would be best to try to avoid these rough, narrow roads with your Northern Cyprus car hire.
Kyrenia Car Hire Sites to See One of the best sites in Kyrenia is the harbor on the northeast side of the city. The harbor dates back to the 10th century BC but its current shape was created under Venetian rule. Beginning around 1489 it was reinforced to prevent invasions. An imposing castle guards one side of the harbor entrance and a Marine Martyr’s Monument on the opposite side was used to guide sailors entering the harbor. In ancient times a sturdy chain was stretched across the entrance to prevent enemy ships from entering. Overlooking and dominating the harbor is the Kyrenia Castle. The original structure is believed to have been built here in the 7th century. In 1491 the Venetians captured the castle and occupied Kyrenia. The city and the castle were surrendered to the Ottomans in 1570 and remained under Ottoman control until the 1800s.
At hat time the British took over control of the island. Inside the castle you’ll find a small Byzantine chapel and a ship wreck museum. Just 5 km from Kyrenia, and easily reached with your Northern Cyprus car hire, is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture to be found in all of Cyprus. Bellapais Abbey is a former monastery that was built at the end of the 12th century and is now one of the most famous architectural sites in Northern Cyprus. The stunning mountain village where the abbey is located adds another glorious visual element to your visit here.