One of the nicest things to do when holidaying in northern Cyprus is to take a cruise on a traditional Turkish sailing yacht - a gullet. The daytime cruises pootle around the coast, calling in at various bays for swimming and lunch is served on board. We've done one of them a few times and they are great value. Tonight we tried the sunset dinner cruise option and can report that this is fantastic too.
We chose one of the smaller gulets (still large enough to carry 35 people) after chatting with the skipper who told us that for dinner cruises they take a maximum 10 and will sail with 5. In the end we were 6: ourselves, our friends and another English couple. We met at the dock in Kyrenia at 5pm and were sailing out of the lovely harbour by 530.
There was a little bit of chop on the sea as we headed east but nothing too much. We enjoyed our first cocktail (free) anyway. Our destination was a small cove to the east of Kyrenia and as we sailed gently along, the sun began to set behind us. It was extraordinarily beautiful, coming down so golden against the westerly mountains. Quite mesmerising to watch. We anchored up in the cove and watched the full sunset over another drink while the crew prepared dinner. We could have opted to swim..... but.... not.......
Dinner was an excellent choice of cold mezes, salad, chips, fresh fish and chicken. It was good and there was plenty of it
We thoroughly enjoyed it as the sun finally set and the stars came out. The journey back was smoother and it was great to see the coastal area lit up at night. A very different view. Finally we sailed back into Kyrenia harbour at around 8pm. That's a spectacular sight in itself with the castle illuminated and the harbour so picturesque with all the tavernas and candlelit tables.
The three hour cruise including dinner and a first cocktail was £20 each which we all thought was excellent value. I'd certainly do it again. Definitely give it a try.