Recognised as a world heritage site, the charming city of Famagusta (Gazimağusa), is second only to Kyrenia. Like Kyrenia it boasts an atmospheric old town surrounded by crumbling Venetian walls. From its humble origins as a small fishing village in the thirteenth century, Famagusta rapidly evolved to become a major commercial centre between East and West. In 1489 it became Cyprus's capital under Venetian rule and in 1570 was subject to a year-long siege from the Ottoman Empire. Famagusta boasts some of the most culturally diverse architecture in all of Cyprus. The Cathedral of St Nicholas (Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque); The Othello Tower, a 15th century Venetian structure believed to be the scene of Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello; and the church of St Peter and Paul dating from the Lusignan period (Sinan Pasha Mosque) are just a few of the many historical sites you can visit. To the north lies a clutch of historically important sites – the ancient bronze-aged settlement of Enkomi or Alasia as it was known, the monastery of Apostolos Varnavas, the Royal Tombs, and the famous ancient city of Salamis, which was detroyed by an earthquake in 76 BC. The mystical atmosphere that surround the city epitomises the wealth of treasures that it hold in and around its great walls, but Famagusta is not just for the culturally-orientated the miles of endless sandy beaches that line Famagusta Bay and beyond is also a haven for sun lovers.
Famagusta is second biggest resort in North Cyprus offering a wide range of activities. Apart from the classic beach holiday, Famagusta offers cultural and historic tours, Scuba diving holidays as well as some amazing tails for those more interested in walking and biking holidays. It's also not far from the Karpaz Peninsular giving you a great opportunity to visit the turtles and wild donkeys.
Main Tourist Attraction:
The Ancient City of Salamis, St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museun, Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque and Othello Tower.
Famagusta is 32 miles from Ercan airport and takes about 30 minute by car.