Famagusta, North Cyprus
Famagusta (also known as Mağosa, Mağusa or Gazimağusa), is situated on the south east coast of Northern Cyprus and is a place where you can really feel the magic of Cyprus’ colourful past; so much so that when you visit you feel as if you can almost reach out and touch the island’s rich history. Having said that, it is also a very cosmopolitan, vibrant place where you can also have a lot of fun!
It’s history is magnificent, once one of the world’s most famous and richest cities when it was under the rule of the Lusignans, Famagusta is also rich in architecture from the Venetian period when it was fortified against the invading Turks.
It is now the second largest city in North Cyprus next to Lefkoşa, and has the largest port which trades internationally in the export of Turkish Cypriot produce. It is also used for the importation of various goods such as cars and electrical items and if you bring your furniture to join you after buying a property in North Cyprus, this is where you will find it!
It has been said that Famagusta has a feel of the forgotten, or that it is a city where time has stood still, and this could be due to the area of Maraş (pronounced Marash), also known as Varoşha (meaning suburb in Turkish), an area of sandy beach and empty buildings which divides the north from the south of the island.
Today visitors make their way to the fascinating city of Famagusta to see its historical buildings, Venetian city walls, Othello’s Tower, ruined buildings, mosques and museums. If you do visit the town – and we thoroughly recommend you do – you will get one of the warmest welcomes in Cyprus…and you will need a whole day or possibly more to fully explore the old town and really appreciate it.
Accommodation in central Famagusta is fairly limited in availability and choice, many people choose to stay at Thalassa Beach Resort, which is a short car journey to the city and travel in for a day trip. There are plenty of great cafes, bars and restaurants in the town to offer refreshment, and there are many sites and places of interest to keep the historically and culturally focused fully engaged!
When you visit us for your holiday in North Cyprus, do make sure you take the time to visit!