Karpaz Arch Houses
Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso, Kyrenia, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation
Expert review of Karpaz Arch Houses
The most successful old-house restoration scheme in the north is arrayed around a pedestrianized former village street and garden areas. It’s expanded across the road since I stayed in 2008, into several units with more careful workmanship, and added a dedicated restaurant.
Within Dipkarpaz village, some 500m from the central mosque and church, just off the Ayfilon road.
There are now 17 units, many featuring the soaring arches characteristic of Cypriot vernacular architecture, the older ones with basic self-catering fittings. Some interconnect for family use. Ones to single out are the “penthouse” in the original complex, above an arcade in the street, and the top-floor rooms in the newer annexe, with exquisite wood flooring and bathroom partition (but no cooking facilities).
Limited to the scheme’s office-lobby, and the new restaurant with its two overhead arches.
Breakfast was adequate enough when I took it in 2008 at tables in the lobby – now served in the dedicated restaurant. It’s still early days to comment on evening meals, an option only available since a bust-up with the formerly affiliated Manolyam Restaurant next door.
Good enough at my stay, with clean, well-maintained units, though the jury is still out on the new restaurant.
Multinational clientele, including Germans, and expats resident in the south; special interest (biking, botanical) groups.
Count on 50 euros or so B&B all year.
More information on Karpaz Arch Houses:
- Bed & Breakfast
- Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso, Kyrenia, Cyprus
- Pets Allowed, Restaurant