New Year’s Eve at Karpaz Gate Marina
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By Margaret Sheard …..
We have visited the Karpaz Gate Marina, Yeni Erenkoy, on many occasions when travelling east and it is a really impressive place with the many yachts and cruisers berthed there and so relaxing and peaceful to sit in the large terrace area overlooking the marina and enjoy a refreshing drink or coffee and a snack at Hemingway’s Resto-Bar Restaurant..
We were so pleased to see on North Cyprus Tourism Centre Facebook posting that Karpaz Gate Marina had been named International Marina of the Year 2017 at this year’s London Boat Show and Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan received the accolade which is awarded annually by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).
The Marina was opened in June 2011 and received Gold Anchor status by TYHA in 2013.
Below is some information about the Marina from the Karpaz Gate Marina Facebook page.
“Karpaz Gate Marina’s inner basin contains six floating pontoons, and is designed for yachts ranging from five meters to mega-yachts of 55 meters in length.
The marina and marina buildings encompass the marina village, Hemingway’s Resto-Bar restaurant, chandlery, gym, laundry, brokerage and boat sales office, and The Market has all the necessities you may require, as well as some luxuries and new branded items.
Karpaz Gate Marina also offers the largest and best possible maintenance facilities in the eastern Mediterranean – larger than most on the Turkish coast – including an expansive 18,000sqm dry dock and 300 tonne travel lift.
With views of the bay, the beach club is a short walk along the Promenade at Karpaz Gate Marina and offers guests access to the private beach and waterfloat, as well as the 33m infinity pool. There is also a Water Sports Centre and the renowned local dive school Mephisto Diving.”
North Cyprus has so much to offer, as well as the stunning scenery and historical sites, there is a wealth of Cypriot culture to experience and we are proud to live in this beautiful part of the Mediterranean where we can see the progress which is developing day by day. So well done Karpaz Gate Marina and Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan for showing just how North Cyprus is developing and the wonderful place it is.
By Chris Elliott……..
It’s never a dull day in fact this day was hot and sunny on Thursday 2nd July when we arrived in Girne Yeni Liman harbour only to find very hot tempers surrounding the Girne American University “Atlantis” cruiser that was berthed and had been surrounded by the local TV crews and other media and when the crowds of reporters and other people dispersed I had the opportunity to speak with GAU Founder and Chancellor, Serhat Akpinar and he told us the following.
“Every season we depart from Karpaz Gate Marina 2 to bring our boat back to Girne Liman Delta Harbour but today we were treated here by the officials as if we were from a different country and were asked to complete certain documents as though we were aliens.
When I spoke to the government officials today I was told you cannot land unless you fill out the appropriate documents and I said to myself “As a Turkish Cypriot and a citizen have I become a foreigner or has the Karpaz declared independence?” Through my offices we contacted the news media and I am very grateful to them all for coming here today and also contacting the various government offices and helping establish that a misunderstanding had been made by some government officials and that the problem is now resolved satisfactorily.
It has been an upsetting day for everybody concerned with the return of our boat to its home port but at least I can now rest easy in the knowledge that other ship owners may not face the same upset and anxiety that we experienced today.”
By Ralph Kratzer
Any regular reader of our website knows my penchant for pristine landscapes in general and the Karpaz Peninsula in Northern Cyprus in particular. To remember one of the former articles “A chance for the paradise?”- click here!)
Once or twice a year I have to get there, as long as this paradise is still intact and until there are no greedy investors snaffling it.
The last few years my way always led me near to the most north-eastern part of Cyprus, even after the old monastery Apostolos Andreas until shortly before the Cape Zafer, the end of the so-called „panhandle“.
This time my girlfriend wanted to show me her preferred place on the Karpaz, and I let myself being surprised.
So we went last week on our way to the north-east of the island.
I went ahead with the bike and my girlfriend followed me by car. Later she confessed to me that she even enjoyed it to have a “mounted” escort, which made her feel some kind of celebrity.
After a short coffee break in the well-known Food Lodge Bakery of our friends Sonja and Latifa in Catalköy, we continued towards Esentepe and Tatlisu.
You can say what you want, but the newly built road to the Karpaz has definite advantages. It bothers the landscape only slightly (as opposed to the countless newly built residential areas along the north coast, largely unsaleable and therefore standing around in the landscape unoccupied!), and makes the formerly arduous journey into a relaxing experience.
After 2 hours of driving at a leisurely pace we reached the new Karpaz Gate Marina, a few kilometers after passing Yenierenköy. An impressive complex with all sorts of ways to relax, but not as yet being used.
After another stop at the old Greek Orthodox chapel of Ayios Thyrsus with its healing water spring, we reached our destination, the small holiday complex Balci Plaza.
Surrounded by a huge natural but well looked after plot of land there are a handful of apartments for guests. A peaceful quiet place to relax – on the first day we even had the whole small sandy cove just for ourselves! Where do you still find this in Europe?
After quiet nights and good food in Balci Plaza (I’ve never eaten a better fillet steak!) we travelled back towards Kyrenia and Alsancak.
This time we took the route via the south coast, making stops in the “Naturland”, a large leasure park in Büyukkonuk, and afterwards in the picturesque fishing harbour of Bogaz.
I enjoyed, despite the heat, the ride with „Black Betty“ through the big Mesaoria plain. This landscape with its vastness gives me always the impression I would drive through the Midwest of the United States.
Just biker dreams…!
By Can Gazi
We will be chatting about the facilities at the Marina, it’s importance in TRNC tourism and also the forthcoming events organised for Festive Week which starts Christmas Eve.
You can also watch a repeat of this show on Tuesday the 24th December at 2.30pm.
It’s time to go sailing and fly the flag of Bayrak!
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