- SPECIAL INTEREST TOURISM
Cyprus has more to offer than its sun and sea, natural beauties
and historic sites. One surprising attraction is the North
Cyprus herbarium, which charms lovers of our wild flowers
as well as providing a research center for botanists.
people can confidently name the more showy blooms in the countryside;
shepherds and foresters know dozens more. But how many of
those seventeen North Cyprus "endemics", found nowhere else
in the world, would you recognize?
was to fill this need that the collection of pressed and labelled
plants originally made by the resident English botanist Deryck
Viney in the course of writing his illustrated Flora of the
country was adopted by The Forestyr Department and formally
opened to the public, on 9.11.1989. Since then it has expanded
to include examples of nearly all the 1250 native plants species.
And for the guidance of visitors it has special displays of
flower photographs, specimens of all those seventeen "endemics"
photographs of the oldest and biggest trees, and a seperate
collections of bulky fruit.
herbarium is housed in the ALEVKAYA Forest Station on the
mountain ridge between Esentepe and Degirmenlik. It can be
approached either by mountain road or by a lower tarmac road
or by coastal road through Karaagaç or Esentepe.
the mountain road coming from Girne, drive past the Besparmak
mountain and on top of the hill make a left turn to ALEVKAYA
past the quarry. This is a roughly 9 km. drive along a narrow
road but the views make this route worthwhile.
other route takes the road, further down the hill, signposted
to ALEVKAYA. You can also reach the Herbarium via the northern
coastal road by turning south either at Karaagaç or Esentepe.