My kids won’t allow me to sit at home )) After the visit to an ancient renewed village
, we decided to see Saint Hilarion Castle
. What can I say – it took my breath away, incredible views and a lot of love there. How could people in the 11 century
build it on the 760 meters top?
St. Hilarion Castle history
Many people think the castle was named after Saint Hilarion, who lived in the 4th century. But nope. It was named after another person, whose name was also Hilarion, but he lived in the 11th century. He began Cyprus fortification and started building 3 castles
. One of them was later named after him, other two – Kantara
and Buffavento have a long history too. So, the main idea was to see pirates’ ships coming and get ready to protect Cyprus from invaders.
Castle has three wards. Lower and middle served for economic (house) purposes. And the upper one became a royal suite of Lusignan King. Much of the castle was dismantled by the Venetians in the 15th century to reduce the up-keeping cost of garrisons. There are a lot of legends about this place. One of the most famous says Prince John decided his bodyguards betrayed him and killed them. They were falling from his tower one by one. The tower sits on a cliff high above the lower castle.
Best view – Queen’s window
Most of all we liked the outstanding Queen’s window
. It’s a piece of art – and, OMG, what view… I have no words. Walking there, I thought about how it would be great to live in this Castle in the Middle Ages. But what could I do there without the internet and my trading platform? Lol, Well, that is one of the main reasons I love trading so much. It gives financial freedom
to travel and see amazing places like this one.
Do you need to book in advance to visit Saint Hilarion Castle?
We didn’t book in advance. Saint Hilarion Castle is located in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus. There are fewer tourists than in the Southern part of Cyprus. So, no need to worry and book in advance. You can buy tickets once you arrive.
What’s the best way to see the Castle?
We took a taxi from Kyrenia. I think it is the best way. Especially, if you are traveling with kids. You have enough time to relax and explore the castle.
What hotels are near the St. Hilarion?
There is a lot of hotels near the Castle, including Kemerli Konak Boutique Hotel, The Hideaway Club Hotel, Kaya Palazzo Hotel, Gillham Vineyard Hotel, Villa Jacaranda.
Tips from traveling trader
Take water. You can buy it in the parking near St. Hilarion Castle. It will take around 30 minutes to climb. It is very difficult, especially in summer. Water is a must!
Traveling trader’s life. A day at St. Hilarion Castle by Inna Rosputnia