Lapta, Northern Cyprus
A place of natural beauty in Kyrenia...
Lapta is a town in Kyrenia, North Cyprus. It is located 6 miles west of Kyrenia, and spread to the slopes of Five Finger Mountains.
Lapta, also known as "Lapithos" or "Laphetos" in ancient times, is one of the oldest civilized areas in Cyprus. Lapithos was the centre of one of the 9 kingdoms of Cyprus. The city kept its importance in Roman and Byzantine periods. In the Roman period, Lapithos became one of the four districts of Cyprus and changed its name from Lapithos to Lambousa. Today, you can still see Lambousa ruins situated about 1.5 miles north of the Lapta town. Lapithos was destroyed by Arab raids in the years of 653-654, and then became lively centre in Latin period in the 10th century, as well as in the Ottoman period (1571-1878).
Today, Lapta is one of the largest districts of Northern Cyprus. The town has one of the most beautiful coasts, and is developed as an important tourism region in North Cyprus. Nearly 22.000 tourists come to the region every year. It is popular for its beaches, its hotels, its nightlife, its restaurants and its spring waters, and a preferred location for holidays and properties. The town is also a place with amazing scenic beauty. Wandering around the streets of Lapta is a pleasure.
Some of the best beaches in the Lapta area include Sunset Beach Club which has quite a few activities such as live music, Paintball, children’s game room, water sports and swimming pool; Camelot beach and Mare Monte beach.
Lapta has wide range of restaurants to choose from. Some of the best Lapta restaurants include Hanimeller Restaurant, Calamari, Hill Side, Jashan’s Indian Restaurant, Veni Vici Italian Restaurant, Silver Rocks, The Cabin and The Lodge Restaurant & Bar. You can find many other small local cafes along the main road.