Kyrenia [ An Expert’s Detailed Guide ]

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This post was most recently updated on January 6th, 2023

Kyrenia is one of the 6 administrative districts of the country of Cyprus.

Today in this article, we are going to learn about Kyrenia. We will try to answer every question there is about the district of Kyrenia, so keep reading till the end to know better.

You can click the links below to learn about different cities in Cyprus.

Let’s start, shall we?

Where is Kyrenia located?

Kyrenia is located on the northeast coast of Cyprus. It is bordered on the south by Nicosia District and on the east and south-east by Famagusta District. It is the smallest district of all.

Where is Kyrenia located

Map of Kyrenia

Kyrenia is called Kerýneia in Greek and Girne in Turkish.

Map of Kyrenia

Area and Population of Kyrenia District

The total area of the Kyrenia district is 640 sq km (247.10 sq mi).

The total population of Kyrenia district as of 1st October 2021 was estimated to be around 96,663.

Area code and Telephone code

The area code of Kyrenia is 27. The postal code for Kyrenia is 9000 – 9639.

The telephone code for Kyrenia, Cyprus is +90-392.

What Time Zone is Kyrenia?

Kyrenia Time Zone

Kyrenia uses Turkey Standard Time (UTC + 3:00). Kyrenia doesn’t observe daylight saving time.

What currency do they use in Kyrenia?

Kyrenia uses the Turkish Lira as its official currency. Euro is also widely used in Northern Cyprus.  If you have Dollar, Euro, or Pound, you can get them exchanged at the local bank or money exchangers.

Is Kyrenia Greek or Turkish?

Kyrenia is located in the Northern Part of Cyprus. The majority of people who live there are Turkish Cypriots. The northern part of Cyprus speaks Turkish and the southern part of Cyprus mainly speaks Greek.

Distance between Kyrenia to Other Cities

Kyrenia to : DistanceEstimated Time
Nicosia26.3 km46 mins
Paphos176.4 km145 mins
Larnaca70.5 km77 mins
Limassol109.6 km107 mins
Famagusta78 km61 mins
Ayia Napa105.8 km85 mins

How far is Kyrenia from Protaras?

Kyrenia is 114.1 km far from Protaras. It will take you around 1 hour and 32 minutes to reach Protaras from Kyrenia on a car or public bus.

Weather in Kyrenia

The days in summer are hot, and the winters are cold in Kyrenia. The temperature goes up to 39 degrees Celsius in summer and 10 degrees Celsius in winter. You can click here to read in detail about the climate in Cyprus.

When to visit Kyrenia?

If you like summer you are suggested to visit Kyrenia in June-August, and if you love winter you should visit Kyrenia in January-March. March is the season spring begins in Cyprus. With days getting longer, there is almost 8 hours of sunshine a day. If you are visiting Kyrenia in March, you are suggested to pack light winter clothes.

How safe is Kyrenia?

Kyrenia is moderately safe. The southern part of Cyprus is much safer than Kyrenia. There are some pickpocketers in the street, so you are suggested to be extra cautious. Take proper care of your wallet and passport. You will see some beggars in the street, but very few. Kyrenia is a bit unsafe at night. Vandalism is there also corruption and bribery. The shops mainly target tourists and charge you more, but if you don’t want to buy it, they don’t force you.

What is Kyrenia famous for?

Is Kyrenia lively? Kyrenia is famous for Kyrenia Castle, Saint Hilarion Castle, Bellapais Abbey, Buffavento Castle, Shipwreck Museum, and Alagadi Turtle Beach. One of the most beautiful places to visit if you are in North Cyprus is Kyrenia. Full of tradition, beautiful architecture, and backstreets full of surprises if ever there was a place not to be missed it is Kyrenia, not just the town but its magnificent harbor.

Which is better Kyrenia or Famagusta?

Kyrenia also has plenty to do for families and couples, with lots of interesting places to go and things to do. Famagusta on the other hand, is ideal if you want a relaxing beach holiday, or are interested in a lot of historical sightseeing.

Do British Expats live in Kyrenia?

There are British Expats living in Kyrenia, but not much. Most of the British Expats in Cyprus live in Nicosia and Paphos in the southern part of Cyprus.

What are the cons of living in Kyrenia?

Here are some of the cons of living in Kyrenia:

  • Kyrenia is expensive, but compared to Southern Cyprus it’s much cheaper.
  • People are racist.
  • Bad driving practice.
  • Fewer job opportunities for foreigners in Kyrenia.
  • If you are from a third country national who has a North Cyprus visa, you cannot travel to South Cyprus.

How much can you earn in Kyrenia?

How much can you earn in Kyrenia

You can earn somewhere between 10,500 TL to 1,262,833 TL depending on your skills and qualifications. Mainly for foreigners and international students, 54.64 Turkish Lira per hour is the basic salary. But, if you are highly educated, you can earn somewhere between 100-300 Turkish Lira per hour.

You can click here to read in detail about the average salary income in Northern Cyprus.

Is Kyrenia cheap to live in?

Compared to the districts in Southern Cyprus, Kyrenia is comparatively cheaper to live in. If a nice 2 bedroom flat in Kyrenia costs 10,800 Turkish Lira a month, then you will have to pay 14,000 Turkish Lira a month in Limassol, Paphos for the same flat. Grocery items are also cheaper in Kyrenia. Around tourist areas, the costs of items are slightly expensive, but overall Kyrenia is cheaper to live in.

How much do you need to live in Kyrenia?

You need around 21,000 Turkish Lira a month to live comfortably in Kyrenia. With that much money, you can rent a two-bedroom flat, eat 3 times meals, pay utility bills, and do basic shopping.

Click here to read the cost of living in Northern Cyprus.

 and you can click here to read in detail about the cost of living in Southern Cyprus.

Is there an Airport in Kyrenia?

Kyrenia doesn’t have an airport. There is an airport in Northern Cyprus in Nicosia and it’s called Ercan International Airport. It is located about 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) east of Nicosia, near the village of Tymbou.

You can click here to read in detail about the airports in Cyprus. 

How far is Kyrenia from the Larnaca Airport?

Kyrenia is 75.4 km far from the airport. It will take you around 1 hour and 13 minutes to drive from Kyrenia to Larnaca airport.
How much is a taxi fare from Larnaca to Kyrenia?
Taxis charge you around 90-110 Euro from Larnaca to Kyrenia. During night time, they are slightly expensive. They charge you around 130 Euro at night.

How far is Kyrenia from the Larnaca Airport

Can you drink tap water in Kyrenia?

You can drink tap water in Kyrenia, but you are suggested not to. Even though tap water is drinkable, people usually drink bottled water or water from a water vending machine in Kyrenia. The water may be safe to drink when it leaves the source, but it might collect pollutants (dirt, dust, and other stuff) on its way to your tap. If you have to, then always drink only after filtering and boiling the tap water.

Which plug is used in Kyrenia?

3-pin plugs are used in Kyrenia. They are the same as the plug from the UK. The associated plug type for Kyrenia is type “G”. It’s a plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Kyrenia operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz. If you are coming from the UK, you don’t need to carry an adapter for your devices.

Is there Western Union in Kyrenia?

Yes, there is Western Union in Kyrenia. It is located at Girne Branch, 111 Ziya Rizki Caddesi. Phone Number of Western Union Kyrenia: +90-392-8155351.

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A detailed guide about Cyprus

A detailed guide about Northern Cyprus

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