North Cyprus

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Cookery, Walking & Sightseeing Lapta, North Cyprus

A very warm welcome to one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets. With its stunning interior dominated by the Five Finger mountains and with a string of picture postcard, unspoilt villages and beaches dotted along its picturesque coast, North Cyprus is, without doubt, a gem of a destination just waiting to be ‘discovered’. The picturesque village of Lapta, where our hotel is located, is just 10 miles from Kyrenia and is full of atmosphere and local life whilst either side of the town you will find lovely beaches and rocky coves. It’s very easy to get around as car hire is inexpensive (and you drive on the left side of the road). There’s a sense of history and culture everywhere you look with ancient settlements, churches and castles to explore and, of course, the scenery is stunningly beautiful. It’s amazingly friendly, easy on the pocket, blissfully uncommercial and highly recommended.


Lapida Hotel ★★★

The Lapida is an absolutely delightful, small, family-run hotel and is located just outside the village of Lapta, some 10 miles west of Kyrenia with its attractive harbourfront and narrow, cobbled streets dating back to Ottoman times. Set in attractive, tranquil gardens, the hotel has a restaurant (indoor and al fresco) serving delicious homemade meals, a lovely swimming pool with a sun terrace and sunbeds, a small library, wifi (in hotel lobby) and beautiful country and mountain views. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and have private sh/wc (& hairdryer), safety deposit box, mini-fridge, TV and either a partial sea view or a mountain view.

Optional Holiday Itinerary (see what's included)

Day 1   arrive at Larnaca airport and transfer to Hotel Lapida. Dinner in hotel.
Day 2 breakfast followed by welcome & information meeting. Later, ‘burn’ the traditional oven and learn how to make olive cheese bread in the traditional oven.
Afternoon at leisure. Dinner in hotel.
Day 3 after breakfast, morning visit to Bellapais Monastery and Kyrenia Castle. In the afternoon, a local cookery lesson in the hotel. Dinner in hotel.
Day 4 at leisure. Breakfast and dinner in hotel.
Day 5 after breakfast, early start for drive to the Five Finger mountains for a scenic walk (3 hours) and opportunity to collect herbs. In the afternoon, local expert (in the hotel) shows you how to make some delicious local dishes including humus and aubergine sauté salad. Dinner in hotel.
Day 6 after breakfast, morning drive to the old city of Lambousa to see Roman fish farms, rock tombs, the old port and Lapta’s ancient houses and churches. In the afternoon (in the hotel) learn how to make local cheese, sweet tahini meat, ricotta pastry and local pasta (macaroni) with hellim cheese. Dinner in the hotel.
Day 7 after breakfast, a full day coastal tour visiting typical Cypriot villages and a Maronite village. Lovely scenery with wild flowers. Dinner in hotel.
Day 8 Transfer to Larnaca airport for return flight to the UK.

What’s Included

  • Wednesday flights to Larnaca
  • Airport transfers from/to Larnaca
  • Prices are for 7 nights’ accommodation, double room sole use, half board
  • Cookery lessons, tastings & tours – £120 supplement
  • Wednesday flights to Larnaca (included in price)
  • Free 20 kgs baggage allowance
  • Transfer time from Larnaca airport – approx.. 1hr 45mins
  • Private transfers – North Cyprus transfers are normally shared transfers. Why not upgrade to a comfortable private transfer each way from just £50

Average tempratures (*C)

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London 16 16 16 20 22 21 18 15 15

Hotel Lapida – prices for departures on these dates only

Prices are per person in a twin/double for sole use, half board.

Wednesday Flights 21 Mar 11 Apr 9 may 16 May 13 jun 20 jun 11 Jul
7 Nights 599 679 669 679 679 689 729
14 Nights 899 899
Wednesday Flights 25 Jul 15 Aug 12 Sep 19 Sep 10 Oct 17 Oct 7 Nov
7 Nights 799 799 699 699 689 689 629
14 Nights 949 949

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