Discover the seaside ‘ghost town’ of Famagusta in north Cyprus on this sightseeing excursion from Limassol.
Famagusta was once a bustling holiday resort that was abandoned during the Turkish Invasion of 1974. Once the richest city in the world, the ancient walled city is now a ghost town; a shell of its former self.
Cross the UN Patrolled border (the Green Line) into the occupied turkish area of northern Cyprus and visit two of the north's most famous historical sites: the ancient city of Salamis and Othello’s Tower.
Salamis, the ancient Roman city, was the capital of Cyprus in 1100 BC. See its well-preserved Baths and theatre. It was buried in sand for centuries before it was discovered. Othello’s Tower once guarded the city of Famagusta and served as the main entrance to the city.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Limassol in an air-conditioned coach and taken for sightseeing tour of Famagusta. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.
Cross the UN border to North Cyprus and enter the old city of Famagusta.
The highlights of your tour include:
Othello's Tower: Othello's Tower was the medieval citadel guarding Famagusta's harbour, and was originally the main entrance to the town. The name of the tower comes from Shakespeare's play Othello, which refers to "a port in Cyprus" and "Cyprus, the Citadel". Ayios Nicholas Cathedral: The Ottoman forces took over Cyprus in 1571 , converting churches into mosques or using them for secular purposes. The Cathedral of St Nicholas became the Lala Mustapha Pasa Mosque.
Enjoy some free time in the old city of Famagusta.
Board your coach and get a panoramic view of the ‘sleepy town of Famagusta’.
Arrive at Salamis, the ancient capital of Cyprus. Salamis is believed to have been founded by Teucer on his return from the Trojan War. This historic city lies beside the longest and one of the most beautiful of Cyprus's sandy beaches.
Stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy unlimited Cyprus wine with your meal.
At the end of the tour you will be transported back to your hotel in Paphos.
01 May - 31 Oct: Thursday & Saturday
Duration: 12 hours
Your hotel in Limassol. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Your hotel in Limassol
Dress comfortably. Wear comfortable shoes. Carry your camera The tour visits churches so please dress conservatively
Please check your visa and passport prior to departure. No visa requirements if on an excursion coming from the Greek Cypriot side
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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