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Slide Show of Buffavento - elevation 954m (3130 ft)

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Buffavento (meaning 'Defier of Winds') is the second highest summit in the Besparmak (Pendadhaktylos or Five Fingers) Range. Besparmak Mountain itself rises in the distance.


Buffavento Castle sits at the summit, the highest of the three Crusader Castles in the Five Fingers Range. For a comprehensive history see Hans Doeleman's excellent website


All these views are looking south-east towards the mountain, with the massive cliff face providing an obstacle to any walking ascent from the north side. The approach to the 700 rocky steps leading up to the castle and summit is from the south side of the mountain. This is accessed via the track which starts near the Buffavento Restaurant, situated at the top of the mountain pass on the road between Kyrenia and Ercan Airport.


Buffavento dominates the view east down Mete Adanir Caddesi, a main shopping street in Kyrenia.