Famagusta, also known as Gazimagusa is not a bustling bright lights, bars and karaoke kind of tourist spot. It is quite the opposite in fact, with solitary roads and a pensive air that stills the nature. If sandy beaches, historical sights and a calm atmosphere are what you’re in search for then you’ll find the perfect holiday destination in Famagusta.
Salamis is just a ten-fifteen minute drive away and is the pinnacle for experiencing a dose of Cypriot history. The Gymnasium, baths and theatre are the main treasures tucked away in this area, yet you’ll find that there is so much more to explore. The old walled city of Famagusta can transport you back in time with its impressive medieval architecture, while other points of interest include the churches, Othello’s tower, the Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque and Venetian buildings (which Leonardo Da Vinci is said to have helped inspire the designs for!) There is also the eerie sight of the Greek ghost town of Varosha, a skyline of aged buildings that are both a fascinating and sad sight to behold.
Although mostly quiet, Famagusta is not completely void of any activity. There are of course a few kebab houses, craft shops and cafes, though if looking for more variety the route towards Salamis and Bogaz has some bistro style eateries, Bogaz in particular specialising in some tasty fish restaurants. If willing to venture out further then you could always catch a dolmus to Girne, which is about an hour and ten minutes drive away and has a greater range of establishments.
Accommodation is not in abundance but has acquired a prime beach front spot along the inviting bay, where you’ll have easy access to enjoy the long stretches of sand and crystal clear waters. If you get restless then there are water sports available here too!
Famagusta is not the sort of destination that will keep you on your toes with excitement, but travellers looking into visiting here will find a complete escape from the usual commercial tourist environment of many beach resorts.
Beneath the sun warmed skies the spirit of the past is very much alive amongst the luxurious scenery, and Famagusta will greet visitors with an atmosphere that will both inspire and relax.