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 village 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, doubles sole use, 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.
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

  • Return flights to Larnaca
  • Airport transfers from/to Larnaca
  • Prices are for 7 nights accommodation, double room sole use, half board
  • Cookery lessons, tastings & tours – £100 supplement
  • Wednesday flights
  • Transfer time from Larnaca airport – approx. 1 hour 45 mins

Average tempratures (*C)

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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London 12 13 16 20 22 21 18 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 22 Mar 5 Apr 3 may 10 May 14 jun 21 jun 12 Jul
7 Nights 599 699 629 649 659 669 729
14 Nights 899
Wednesday Flights 26 Jul 9 Aug 13 Sep 27 Sep 11 Oct 18 Oct 8 Nov
7 Nights 799 799 699 699 679 679 549
14 Nights 999

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Fact File

  • Optional air-conditioning – £4 per day
  • Meal basis – half board
  • Resort representative
  • Welcome meeting
  • Optional excursion programme
  • Hotel telephone – 00 90 252 284 4141
  • Monday flights (included in price)
  • Transfer time from Dalaman airport – approx. 30 mins
  • New, improved, complimentary wifi (via satellite)

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