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sarahlou


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21/03/2010 19:46

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Would anyone be able to recommend a route or plan for a day at in the Karpaz area.



We will be travelling with 2 kids (ages 8 and 11) along with their Grandparents (mid 60's) in July so we are looking to satisfy everyone.



We have only ever driven as far as Kaplica but would be keen to leave the house early and spend the whole day on the beach / exploring.



Other have suggested taking a picnic but we wanted a little advise on where to go and possibly what to do to make the most of the day.



Thanks



cooper


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21/03/2010 19:50

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dizzycows


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21/03/2010 20:11

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Posted on the other thread, but will say that if you intend to go all day to the Karpaz, what normally takes you 3hrs will take you 5hrs, .... If you are taking two children and parents it is quite tiring and would advise a Hotel night stay..... But if you dont mind frayed nerves, being tired, it is a beautiful drive.... Enjoy the trip, .... its well worth taking your time to see the beautiful beaches....



Groucho



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21/03/2010 22:09

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The drive back via Kaleburnu only took us 3hrs to Esentepe... Staying overnight makes it a lot more expensive. I would advise an early start, take a picnic as few of the restaurants are actually fully open at this time of year.



The beaches are virtually deserted... and the sand goes on forever.



Drive all the way to the end and see the donkeys by Apostle Aghios Andreas Monastery and the market with an interesting display of knives and pestle and mortars... seems to be a permanent market.



If the air out to sea is clear you can just see Syria looking out to sea at the back of the Monastery.



YeniTom


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21/03/2010 22:34

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Msg 1.



Hi saralou



If you are going in July as you stated then everywhere will be open. I would recommend an overnight and there are lots of places to stay.



From Kaplica upwards there are quite a few 'beach hut' type accommodations (most very well appointed) which are really cheap ( a double room with breakfast last year was 16.00 average )



As well as all the empty beaches and wonderful countryside there are busier places at that time of year. Malibu beach should be busy ( has hotel and beach hut style rooms - one of which is a family room) and there are usually jet skis to hire as well as the dive shop being open.



It is a good area to centre your two days trip.



For more info see http://www.karpazinfo.net



Tom



Sandcastle


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21/03/2010 22:42

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In July you dont need a picnic as most places are open.



Balci beach is lovely, clean and good food. Not far out of Yerierenkoy (Spelling ?). They also have places to sleep over for about 100 euros per night including breakfast for 4.



Golden sands has a couple of nice eating places and wooden places to sleep in. Very basic but each one sleeps 3/4 and are on the beach. Only about 15 mins away from Apostle Aghois Andreas Monastery.



Personally I would sleep over as there are so many beaches and places to see its too much in 1 day with a long drive. But it is worth it.



mikeythespark



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22/03/2010 09:52

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Sarahlou, with the kids the the grandparents, a stop over would be the best idea. As previously said, the beach 'huts' are very reasonably priced. They are basic but have clean sheets, and mozzie nets. The kids would love the adventure. We did it last year and took our mattress outside and slept under the stars, and did not get a single insect bite, I think the sea breeze keeps them at bay. Then we went swimming as the swim came up. It was a great experience, and the beaches are just beautiful. We stayed at 'Hasans' you will see a sign for many places to stay. Really for the sake of your sanity, and to give the kids a treat an overnight stay is a must. Take a picnic by all means for the journey or the beach, and some beer and wine, stay the night and everyone will have a great time. It is too lovely on this part of the Island to rush it.



willyhoops


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22/03/2010 13:06

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It takes me about 2.5 hours to drive up to drive to Golden Sands Beach from Alsancak and I do the trip very frequetly. If I wanted to stop for food along route, the big wooden fish restaurant in Boaz comes to mind. The best place to stay on Golden Beach is: http://www.burhansgoldenbeach.com/ Your best route is out past Esentepe and then turn right throught the mountains.



Sandcastle


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If you go through the mountains, dont forget to stop at Kantara Castle. Fab views and great for kids. Need good walking shoes on and plenty of water. We take frozen bottles with us and let them defrost as we go. Then you have a great supply of cold water! And they act as ice packs for food .



Dont do it mid day as its too hot.



hattikins


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22/03/2010 14:54

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A long trip but well worth it, don't forget to take parasols for shade, especially for the children.



everon


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22/03/2010 17:03

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the karpaz is fantastic defo stay overnight, I swam in the sea alongside a loggerhead turtle, a day is just not long enough, enjoy! x



sarahlou


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23/03/2010 13:17

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Thanks so much for all these great tips, will give the overnighter a try.....



newlad



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23/03/2010 14:39

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Hi all,

Does anyone know what sort of mileage we are talking from Esentepe to the Karpaz,

Paul.



kavenkoy


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23/03/2010 19:04

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dont think mileage is massive ...may be 75miles or so .

somebody will know for sure paul .



i know it takes for ever as we kept stopping and going for a swim and a lie down ,lol



done it a couple of times and doing it for 3 days in july ,staying at the oasis and if i recall was around 8oytl per nigh for 2 b and b



kav



Clarissa2


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23/03/2010 19:45

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Re: Msg 13,



Newlad,



The distance from Esentepe to Cape Zefer is 141.5 km



newlad



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23/03/2010 20:55

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Thanks Clarissa,

Have you completed the trip,

Paul.



Clarissa2


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23/03/2010 22:02

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Re: Msg 16,



Newlad,



Yes, I have. Several times. Stood at the very end of the cape looking over the Kleides Islands.

Love the atmosphere, beautiful beaches, sleepy villages, olive groves, vineyards.....

It reminds me of Italy 20 years ago.



newlad



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23/03/2010 22:13

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Hi Clarissa, I Would love to do the trip and hopefully will this year it sounds very idyllic,

Paul.



millzer


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23/03/2010 22:44

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It is a lovely trip, but go well equipped in July hot hot hot !!!!



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