The beautiful Karpaz Peninsula and undiscovered cruising grounds around Northern Cyprus are an unspoilt corner of the East Mediterranean now ready to be explored chartering a superyacht in Cyprus.
You will find miles of empty sandy beaches, idyllic anchorages, ancient harbours and rare wildlife, plus plenty of on-shore activities including historic castles and abbeys and the fascinating towns of Nicosia, Kyrenia and Famagusta.
One of the remaining tax-free destinations in the Mediterranean, North Cyprus is only a short sail away from southern Turkey’s turquoise coast and the harbours of Alanya, Antalya, Marmaris and Bodrum. In just under 300 nautical miles it is possible to reach Rhodes, gateway to the Greek Islands.
Day one — Karpaz Gate Marina
You can start your North Cyprus superyacht adventure in style at Karpaz Gate Marina. This new haven for larger yachts offers premier leisure and technical facilities with 300 berths for vessels ranging from 5m to 55m.
You can enjoy traditional Cypriot and international cuisine at Hemingway’s restaurant and bar overlooking the marina or relax at the Beach Club, which has an infinity pool and Jacuzzi.
Other on-site activities at the marina include expert diving tours and tuition with diving school Mephisto, plus kayaking, snorkeling, yoga, music and movie nights, BBQs, art exhibitions at the art gallery and other special events. There is also a fitness centre, mini-market and a yacht brokerage office operated by Cyprus Yachts and chandlery.
The marina also has boat maintenance facilities on site and a 300-ton travel lift as well as duty-free fuel, technical service and supplies.
8 days in undiscovered Northern Cyprus
Karpaz Gate Marina to Kyrenia Ancient Harbor (48nm)
Departing from Karpaz Gate Marina, a days sailing along the northern coast will enable you to sample the history and charm of Kyrenia Ancient Harbour.
Although the harbor is not suitable for mooring or berthing, it is definitely worth visiting by tender. This bustling, horseshoe-shaped harbor was founded in the 10th century BC and is guarded at its entrance by the towering Kyrenia Castle.
Kyrenia Harbor is packed full of interesting shops, as well as cafes, restaurants and bars. Other points of interest in the area include the shipwreck museum, which houses one of the world’s oldest wrecks — a 4th century BC Greek merchant ship that sank less than a mile from an anchorage in Kyrenia
Bellapais Monastery, which dates back to the early 13th century, is in the nearby picturesque village of Bellapais, and St Hilarion Castle, which is named after St Hilarion, a hermit monk who fled from persecution in the Holy Lane and lived and died in a cave on the mountains.