Discover the seaside ‘ghost town’ of Famagusta in North Cyprus on this sightseeing excursion from Paphos.
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 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 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 Paphos in an air-conditioned coach and taken for a sightseeing tour to 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:
The Othello Tower: Othello's Tower was the medieval citadel guarding Famagusta's harbour, and was originally the main entrance to the town. There are references to this tower in Shakespeare’s play ‘Othello’.
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 the 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 local lunch at Salamis restaurant and enjoy unlimited Cyprus wine with your meal.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel in Paphos.
Not expensive and our guide for the day was fabulous - good English, good sense of humour and totally knew his stuff! In-depth knowledge of history and timelines. Famugusta old... Patricia E. Sturch
01 May - 31 Oct: Thursday & Saturday 01 Nov - 30 Apr: Tuesday
Approx. 11 hours
Start time: 0730h (07:30am)
Duration: Approx. 11 hours (Incl. Transportation time0
Your hotel in Paphos. (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 Paphos
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. However, 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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