Three of the stamps in the issue depict castles in the highest remote peaks of the occupied Pentadaktylos mountain range. These castle dominate the sea of Cilicia and along with a number of forts were used to track ship movements in the area.
The € 0,04 stamp depicts Buffavento Castle. This is a Frankish castle, the name of which means "buffeted by the winds".
The € 0,34 stamp shows Kantara Castle, at the eastern most end of the Pentadaktylos range and dominating the north coast of the eastern Mesaoria plain.
The € 0,41 stamp depicts St. Hilarion Castle, that took its name from a monk who lived as a hermit in the area. There are many folk traditions associated with the building and history of the castle and with the beautiful Queen of Cyprus whose home it was.
The € 0,75 stamp shows Kyrenia Castle, built by the Venetians and later renovated by the Lusignans. Under British control the castle was used as a police barracks and as a prison for members of EOKA. Since 1969 it has held the famous "Ship of Kyrenia".