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Karavas is located in Cyprus
Location in Cyprus
Coordinates: 35°20′50″N 33°12′28″E / 35.34722°N 33.20778°E / 35.34722; 33.20778Coordinates: 35°20′50″N 33°12′28″E / 35.34722°N 33.20778°E / 35.34722; 33.20778
Country (de jure) Cyprus
Country (de facto) Northern Cyprus
District (de jure) Kyrenia District
District (de facto) Girne District
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,597
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Karavas (Greek: Καραβάς; Turkish: Alsancak) is a town in the Kyrenia District of Cyprus. De facto, it is in Girne District, Northern Cyprus. As of 2011, the town has a population of 6,597.[1]

The name Karavas comes from the Greek karávi (καράβι), meaning "ship".


Karavas was captured by the Turkish Army during the second Turkish invasion after July 20, 1974. Prior to the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Karavas had a 100% Greek population of approximately 3,000.

The Turkish army, after surrounding both Lapithos and Karavas from 3 sides, attacked the morning of Tuesday August 6, 1974 deploying the full force of their 28th division. This division consisted of the 61st, and 23rd infantry regiments, a commando regiment, an amphibious commando regiment, a tank unit of 30 tanks with 3 tanks from the 39th division, 2 artillery units of 105 mm and 7,5/18 cannons, with the addition of the Navy that was bombarding the two villages from the sea.[citation needed]

All Greek Cypriot inhabitants were forced out of Karavas by Turkish military forces and have become refugees within Cyprus.

"Pente Mili" is one of the most beautiful beaches in Karavas.

The Cyprus Treasure, an impressive collection of silver vessels, dishes, spoons and jewelry, was found here in 1902 and 1917. It can be found in the British Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.

Notable people[edit]

Karavas is the ancestral village of the British pop singer George Michael.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Karavas is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b KKTC 2011 Nüfus ve Konut Sayımı [TRNC 2011 Population and Housing Census], TRNC State Planning Organization, 6 August 2013, p. 20 
  2. ^ Bornova - Twin Towns, Bornova-City.sk, retrieved 2013-10-19