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
Golden Beach to Famagusta (45nm)
About 45nm further down the east coast, the city of Famagusta is home to the largest port of North Cyprus.
It is well worth spending a couple of days in the city if possible. The many historic artefacts nearby include: Greek St. George Church, Sinan Pasa Mosque (St. Peter & St. Paul Church), Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque, The St. Barnabas Monastery, The Canbulat Tomb & Museum, The Salamis Ruins of the city of Salamis that was founded towards the end of the Bronze age, Namik Kemal Dungeon in the courtyard of the Venetian Palace, and The St. Barnabas Icon & Archaeology Museum.
Check the entrance of the harbour from the chart to keep clear of the shallow water (3-5metres) lying on the SE-NW direction.