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ESENTEPE
NORTHERN CYPRUS
     
 


 



NEARBY FACILITIES

(see map at foot of this page)

SHOPS

Mini-Markets

There are three mini-markets in the village of Esentepe, just 2-3 minutes drive up the hill stocking all your basic holiday needs - groceries, fruit and vegetables, water, alcohol, etc. The petrol station on the main road -  just 300 metres walk from the villa – sells some very basic food and drink items including water, limited wine, bread, fruit juice, canned drinks, crisps, and bread (open 7am to 9pm).

Supermarkets

There is a large Tempo supermarket about 2-3 minutes’ drive from the villa on the road to Bahçeli going east. This has a very good range of food, drink and household/personal items with some baby and gluten-free foods. These include excellent fresh meats, cooked meats (hot & cold), pastries, and a large deli counter. There is also a medium sized supermarket (Sençag) about 3 minutes’ drive from the villa on the road to Girne (Kyrenia) going west.

Butchers

There is a butcher's shop in the village of Esentepe and a pork butcher in Çatalköy.

Hairdressers

There is a ladies hairdresser's salon up the hill as you enter Esentepe village and another in the village centre. A new barber’s shop is also in the centre of the village.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

There are a number of good restaurants within a few minutes drive of the villa. Here are our comments on a number of them:

Tumba Restaurant - Located near the entrance to Esentepe village, the restaurant offers local dishes at reasonable prices. A small meze selection comes within the price. There is also a small bar. Wi-Fi internet access.

Remzi's Restaurant - This is a friendly family-run restaurant located in the centre of the village up on the second floor and roof terrace of the building. Local dishes and fish are on offer - all served with cold and hot mezes (except pizzas) within the meal prices which are good value for money. Takeaway pizzas also available Wi-Fi internet access.

Esentepe Restaurant - Found up the hill at the entrance of the village, the restaurant has great views of the mountains and sea. While it has a limited menu, the food (and especially the bread and chicken shish) is good and represents great value for money.

Aygurus Evi - Situated by the roundabout at the top of the village. Do not be put off by its rural appearance - the inside and terrace are well presented. It offers a wide selection of ethnic Cypriot food at moderate prices. Exceptionally popular with locals on Sundays. Wi-Fi internet access

Hati Café & Restaurant - This can be found on a small quiet road (Kayseri Sokak) leading east out of the village. Set next to small orchard with citrus trees. Limited menu but quite good for a lunchtime snack or a light evening meal. Alternatively, enjoy a quiet drink in the bar. Wi-Fi internet access

Stone Castle Restaurant & Bar - This is a beautifully designed new family-run restaurant located off the main road going east with great sea views - about 2 minutes' drive from the villa. More up-market than the majority of the restaurants in the village, serving both home prepared local and international cuisine. The quality of the food is quite good (but occasionally inconsistent) and the prices are fairly reasonable. Large separate bar. WI-FI internet access

Fine Dining Restaurant - – Located on the main road going east - about 2 minutes' drive from the villa. Good varied menu serving Italian, Indian, and international cuisine. Attractive table settings and comfortable chairs. Food good with generous portions. Medium priced fare. WI-FI internet access

SeaWise Restaurant & Bar – This new friendly restaurant (opened 2017) is just 2 minutes’ drive from the villa – to its east – adjoining the Alkan Holiday Village. It has a wide menu of good medium priced meat, fish, pasta, vegetarian and children’s dishes. Also provides Cypriot and English breakfasts from 9 am. Live music of Friday evenings.

Zeugma Restaurant - Located on the main road going east - about 3 minutes' drive from the villa. Quality restaurant, attractively laid out, with extensive Á la Carte menu, good range of wines, and excellent homemade bread during summer season. Serves both local and international cuisine and caters for children & vegetarians. Expect to pay a bit more than village restaurants but still good value for the quality on offer. WI-FI internet access

Arafina Restaurant & Beer Garden - Located about 3 minutes' drive to the west about 300 yards on the road to Karaagaç village. Limited menu with average prices. Also serves breakfasts from 10am. Try the chicken stuffed with mushrooms and bechamel sauce. Lovely sea and mountain views. Wi-Fi internet access

Tuncay'In Yeri Restaurant & Bar - This friendly restaurant with good table linen is situated on the opposite side of the road to the Sençag supermarket about 3 minutes drive away from the villa heading towards Girne (Kyrenia). While not having a vast menu, the quality is very good and reasonably priced. Try the excellent 5 meats kebab dish and superb home-made mezes!

Windy Hill Restaurant & Bar –Located at top of hill just before village.  Basic English fare.  Entertainment or quizzes normally weekly. Bar billiards and Sky Sports football.  Wi-Fi internet access.

Chengiz's at Waterfall Restaurant & Bar - This new (2015) establishment is located on the Pine Valley development about 5 minutes’ drive from the villa on the main road going west. Extensive starters, beef, chicken, vegetarian & children’s menus. More up-market than some village restaurants with prices commensurate with this. Occasional entertainment. Generally OK but some disappointing reviews. Free taxi service for diners. Wi-Fi internet access.

Spice Garden (previously Jashan's) Indian Restaurant - This is located 7-8 minutes drive from the villa near Bahçeli to east. This is a small restaurant inside but can cater for 80 persons outside during the Summer. The menu includes Indian, European dishes and children's dishes. The staff are very welcoming. The food is very good, well served and moderately priced. Wi-Fi internet access.

Stevie’s Restaurant and Bar –Located at Kuçukerenköy, about 10 minutes' drive from the villa off the main road going east. Mainly European menu with some traditional Turkish dishes.  Good medium-priced food. Wi-Fi internet access.

Joya Restaurant - This restaurant is located at Kuçukenrenköy, about 10 minutes' drive from the villa on the main road going east. Rather bizarrely, it is set in an area of apartments with no great views but notwithstanding that, it is a quality restaurant with an extensive menu offering really good food and service. Expect to pay a bit more but still good value for the quality on offer. Wi-Fi internet access.

The Gorgeous Restaurant - This is located at Kuçukerenköy, about 10 minutes' drive from the villa on the main road going east. It is a quality restaurant offering really good food and service. Specialises in great steaks.  Expect to pay a bit more but still good value for the quality on offer. Wi-Fi internet access.

Sea Breeze Restaurant – Located by the sea at Kuçukerenköy, about 10 minutes’ drive away, this is a favourite with many people in the area but has mixed reviews - run by a friendly family.

Almond Tree Restaurant - This new (2016) restaurant is located at the far east of Kuçukerenköy, about 12 minutes' drive from the villa on the main road going east. Extensive and imaginative Á la Carte menu from the highly respected owner/chef. Various meats, fish and pasta menus. Expect to pay a bit more but still good value for the quality on offer. Free Wi-Fi internet access

Benoz Restaurant – About 14 minutes’ drive away in Alagadi village to the west. Modest restaurant with attractive Turkish décor. Menu principally fish and kebabs. Has had good reviews from Alagadi locals but we personally found it disappointing.

Hurma Restaurant – Close to the Acapulco Hotel about 15 minutes’ drive from the villa. Extensive menu with many authentic Cypriot dishes. Good quality Turkish-style restaurant. Moderate prices. Children’s play area. WI-FI internet access

Korineum Golf & Country Club - This is found only 4-5 minutes drive from the villa going west. Up-market restaurant with an à la carte menu. Expect to pay more accordingly but enjoy wonderful views over the golf course and the mountains. Alternatively, drop in for a drink on the terrace.

Bellapais Bell Tower Restaurant - While this is located in the village of Bellapais some 25 minutes' drive away, the restaurant will provide a free taxi service to and from the villa in Esentepe. Good food and located in a romantic setting overlooking the beautiful abbey ruins which are floodlit in the evening.

Slimz Café – Opened 2017 – Adjoins the Tempo supermarket about 3 minutes’ drive from the villa – to its east. Probably good for lunchtime meals/sandwiches, English breakfasts (from 8am), or a slice of carrot cake and tea in the afternoon! English speaking owner (Ibo/Slimz).

BANKS

A new branch of the Limasol Turkish Cooperative Bank, complete with ATM, opened in the centre of Esentepe village at the end of 2010. This is a friendly bank with few queues where you can also exchange your currency with ease. There is also an ATM booth dispensing Turkish Lire in the garage forecourt, 300 metres away from the villa. The nearest Bureau de Change is in Çatalköy opposite the Cratos Hotel.

PETROL STATIONS

A petrol station is located on the main road, just 300 metres from the villa. Other petrol stations can be found at Çatalköy and on the road into Girne (Kyrenia).

MEDICAL

There is a medical centre in Esentepe village, close to the Moonlight restaurant. In the case of emergencies and an ambulance is required, there is a Red Crescent station (equivalent to the Red Cross), up the hill by the entrance to the village. The nearest chemist (pharmacy) is next to the Sençag supermarket about 3 minutes drive away from the villa towards Girne (Kyrenia) - a defibrillator is sited on the wall outside the pharmacy and another on the wall of the Council Offices (Belediyesi) in the village centre. Supermarkets stock basic medical items.

INTERNET

Apart from free internet access in Jasmine Villa, there is an internet café in the centre of Esentepe village if you wanted a document printed. If you have your own laptop/tablet/smartphone, free wireless internet connections are available at most of the local bars and restaurants.

GOLF

The Korineum Golf & Country Club ( website ) is situated just 4 minutes drive westwards. This beautiful lush 18-hole championship course uses the Besparmak mountain range as a stunning backcloth. Visitors can enjoy either the complete 18-hole course, or just 9 holes, or the driving range. A golf shop and tuition are also available as well as a bar and restaurant. Further, spa and various massage & body treatment services are available, the latter including facial and nail care.

LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment in the Esentepe area largely consists of periodic live music, singers, karaoke evenings, quiz nights and live TV sport. This takes place in bars within a few minutes drive of the villa and includes Windy Hill, Tumba, Mahanez Bar and Zirdeli Bar in Esentepe village, Kings Bar, and Stevie's Restaurant & Bar (Kuçuk Erenköy). Zirdeli has a belly dancer performing on Saturday nights. Look out for posters outside these establishments to tell you what's coming on.

ACAPULCO HOTEL RESORT

The Resort is situated approx 15 minutes drive from the villa going towards Girne (Kyrenia). For a daily fee, visitors can enjoy the private sandy beach, extensive heated pools and water slides for children and adults, casino, and other facilities. Additionally, the Resort contains probably the most luxurious spa and wellness centre in Northern Cyprus with a menu over 80 different treatments and therapies for both sexes in tranquil surroundings (separate charges apply).


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