The tranquil and beautiful village of Bellapais stands in the Kyrenia mountain range, some four miles from North Cyprus' coast. With breathtaking views, tiny streets, and ancient buildings around every corner, the village has changed little since it was immortalized by Lawrence Durrell in the 1950s. The author's "Bitter Lemons of Cyprus" chronicles his time in Cyprus and his adventures buying a home in Bellapais, close to Bellapais Abbey. Whilst the Abbey is certainly a 'must see' for visitors to Bellapais, there is much more here, including ancient crusader paths that criss-cross the mountain - not to mention an excellent selection of restaurants and taverns!
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