Northern Cyprus – St Hilarion

St Hilarion castle is a truely amazing place – and pics really don’t do it justice.

It’s perched on the top of a massive mountian. Most of the apparoach is a restricted military area with lots of signs up saying “Stop and we’ll shoot you” (however, it has to be said that the soldiers we saw yodelled out “Hello” and waved – must the the legendary Traves charm).

The castle just appears to grow out of the rock rather than having been built. Stunning, stunning, stunning.

Walt Disney was very impressed by it apparently, and it’s claimed that the castle in either ‘Snow White’ or ‘Fantasia’ was based on St Hilarion.