The humble pier and coastal warehouses of this ancient
anchorage -Karavostasi translates as the mooring place of the ships- is 10 miles south-west
of Güzelyurt. In the 1920s it was transformed into a great processing and exporting
centre for Cypriot copper and asbestos. These works were abandoned in mid-1970s.
Off the coast road west of Gemikonağı is the village of
Yeşilırmak where there are a
number of pebble beaches with restaurants and offshore rafts where locals and UN forces
practice their water sports.
Yeşilırmak (translates as green river) village is the only
one of a half a dozen villages west of
Vouni to have survived the inter-communal fighting. It is also the furthest removed
from the pollution of the old mine workings.
To the west of the beach is the steep-sided
offshore island of Petra tou Limniti, which harboured a Neolithic settlement but is
inaccessible even to strong swimmers.