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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  Cyprus
 • District Kyrenia District
Country (controlled by)  Northern Cyprus
 • District Girne District
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,597
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website Turkish Cypriot Municipality
Cypriot municipality (in exile)
Escape Beach Club in Karavas (Alsancak), Kyrenia

Karavas (Greek: Καραβάς; Turkish: Alsancak) is a town in the Kyrenia District of Cyprus. It is under the de facto control of 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".


Prior to the Turkish invasion in 1974, Karavas had a pure Greek population of approximately 3,000. Karavas was captured by the Turkish Army during the second Turkish invasion of Cyprus after July 20, 1974. All Greek Cypriot inhabitants were forced out of Karavas by Turkish military forces and have become refugees within Cyprus.

The Turkish Cypriot municipality Alsancak was founded in 1974.

"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] (PDF), TRNC State Planning Organization, 6 August 2013, p. 20 
  2. ^ Bornova - Twin Towns, Bornova-City.sk, retrieved 2013-10-19 
  3. ^ Twin Town to Gazipasa from Cyprus, Gazipasa Municipality, retrieved 2015-06-18