Famagusta holidays allow visitors to put life on pause. Full of legends, myths, tradition and history, all combined with delicate beaches and hospitable locals. Famagusta gives a glimpse of life that is unfussed, getting right to the heart of Cyprus’s heritage.
A beach lovers paradise, Famagusta has many to offer. The entire region is blessed with golden sandy beaches. Many untouched, they are some of the best in the Mediterranean. Glapsides public beach has fine white sands and calm crystal clear waters, making it a perfect place to relax, or enjoy water-sports.
If you are fascinated by history, Famagusta in North Cyprus is for you! With examples of sites from Venetians, Lusignans, Ottomans and even the British. Visit Othello’s tower as featured in Shakespeare’s Othello play, dozens of churches and monasteries, mosques, bronze age sights and the ancient walls of Famagusta itself. Don’t miss out on the Royal Tombs and St Catherine’s Prison.
For something grand, the ancient Salamis Ruins won’t disappoint. Considered the greatest ancient city in Cyprus. It dates back to 1100BC, with its basilicas, the forum, amphitheatre, the gymnasium and Roman baths.
Further on from Famagusta city is Bogaz Village, a quiet fishing village with a handful of restaurants serving fresh seafood. Try exotic Mediterranean dishes including octopus! Full of local charm with the slow paced life the locals lead, you too can unwind. Above the village is Kantara castle, one of North Cyprus’s crusader castles.
Take a trip to the tip of North Cyprus, known as the Karpaz Peninsula; with its endless stretch of seductive white sand, famed for its unspoilt landscape, it provides a private paradise for visitors. A sanctuary for nature this is a prime spot for turtle watching. A pure example of untouched beauty in the Mediterranean. All you can expect is dramatic views, beautiful beaches, total tranquillity and a few wild donkeys to spare.
Old Famagusta is a must see destination. It is a quiet and laid back, and a very historic town. The modern parts are more industrial and offer amenities to local universities. Famagusta holidays are highlighted by History, culture and amazing sandy beaches.
The nightlife tends to be a little more limited for holidaymakers, but you will find local Tavernas and some restaurants offering quality Cypriot food. If you really want a lively atmosphere, you can always venture out to the University region for a more bustling atmosphere.
Famagusta city is also just a short drive from the ancient Salamis ruins, which is the largest in Cyprus as a whole. There you will find the ancient Gymnasium roman baths and some recently excavated sites. The medieval scenery of old Famagusta makes you feel like you are in a time machine, with the great walls looking upon you all around, and the recently renovated Othello’s tower, from Shakespeare’s play and its building from Venetian times.
For those fascinated by modern history you can also find the eerie Varosha Ghost town at your doorstep which is an interesting and yet heartbreaking site to see.
Famagusta holds many craft shops, local eateries, and a more traditional feel of Cypriot life. A one hour drive from Kyrenia, it is also easily accessed while you are staying in Kyrenia, or vice-versa.
The miles of white sand beach near Salamis, and beach clubs such as Glapsides, and waters that are well known for being calm, and crystal clear – challenging even the Caribbean, Famagusta is an ideal option for beach lovers.
Choose Famagusta holidays for a slow paced holiday, plenty of historic sights in the day to visit and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean.