(see map at foot of this page)
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).
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.
There is a butcher's shop in the village of
Esentepe and a pork butcher in Çatalköy.
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 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 (except pizzas) with cold and hot mezes within the meal prices which are
good value for money. Give their chocolate brownies a try! Takeaway pizzas also
available. Chicken night on Tuesdays (bookable) and clay-pot night on Fridays
(bookable). 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. Good
medium priced meat, fish, pasta, vegetarian and children's dishes but menu not
very descriptive. 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
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 - Located on the Pine Valley development about 5 minutes' drive from
the villa on the main road going west. Much improved from our previous visits.
Large varied Turkish & European dishes plus vegetarian and children's menu.
More up-market than some village restaurants with prices commensurate with
this. Occasional entertainment. Free taxi service for diners. Wi-Fi
Spice Garden (previously Jashan's) Indian Restaurant -
This is located 7-8 minutes drive from the villa near Bahçeli to east.
The menu includes Indian, European dishes and children's dishes. Small
restaurant indoors but caters for 80 outside during summer months. There are
linen table cloths and chair coverings and the staff are very welcoming. The
food is very good, well served, and moderately priced. Takeaways available with
free delivery. Live Premiership football in adjoining bar with chips at
half-time!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
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
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
Bar-B Restaurant –
Located in the far east of Kuçukerenköy, about 13 minutes' drive
from the villa on the main road going east. Only average food. Asian orientated
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
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/snacks, English breakfasts
(from 8.30am), a slice of carrot cake and tea/coffee in the afternoon! Mardo
ice creams available. English speaking owner (Ibo/Slim).
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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).
Esentepe Area in a