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Holidays in Famagusta

Famagusta is in the south east part of Northern Cyprus, on the beautiful Karpass Peninsula. Originally founded around 274 BC, it started developing in 1192. It was an important port city during the medieval period as it was a gateway to Silk Road traders. The city’s Greek name was Ammochostos, meaning “hidden in the sand” and over time it became Famagusta. The Turks called the city Mağusa and it became Gazimağusa (meaning veteran Mağusa) after the invasion in 1974. Since the 70’s, Turkish Cypriots have been living in Northern Cyprus and Greek Cypriots live in South. 

The best time to travel to Northern Cyprus is from May to July or in September, as the country experiences especially high heat in August. There are no flights to the city of Famagusta, but both Ercan Airport and Larnaca International Airport are only an hour away from the city centre. You can book cheap flights to Cyprus before the travel season starts.


Best Hotels in Northern Cyprus

Whether you are planning a casino trip, golf trip or a beach trip, you can choose Northern Cyprus as your destination. We listed some of the best hotels in Northern Cyprus with good locations below. Travellers can choose to book all inclusive holidays in Cyprus, which overall lowers the cost especially in summer. 

Kaya Artemis Resort & Casino

Port View Hotel

Noah's Ark Deluxe Hotel & Spa 

Merit Royal Hotel & Casino 


Beaches in Famagusta

There are many beautiful beaches in Cyprus and Famagusta is definitely close to a few of these. Located in the East of Cyprus, must see beaches in Famagusta are:

Ayia Triada

Armyropigado beach

Ayia Thekla

Silver Beach

Nangomi beach

Landa Beach


Things to do in Famagusta

Famagusta is a fairly small area to discover so places to go in Famagusta are limited. However, renting a car in Cyprus is always a good idea to get around and discover other cities. We listed the must see places around Famagusta below.

• See the Othello Castle: It was built by the Lusignans in the 14th century. Shakespeare's play Othello is said to have taken its name from this castle.

• Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque: Named Cathedral of Saint Nicholas before it became a mosque under Ottoman rule, it is the largest medieval building in Famagusta.

• Namik Kemal Dungeon

• Venetian Palace Ruins

• Take a boat trip to visit bays in Ayia Napa

• Dive deep in the sea to see the Zenobia Wreck, a Swedish PO-PO


Top Restaurants in Famagusta

You’ll experience the Mediterrenean way of living in Cyprus, you will want to enjoy food and relaxation to the fullest. Enhance the experience by eating the local food in the restaurants we listed for you. Don’t forget to try halloumi cheese in Cyprus! 

Ifalos Taverna 

Spartiatis Restaurant 

Ruya's Cafe 


Nightlife near Famagusta

Thanks to the abundance of tourists in Cyprus, nightlife is as colourful as the rest of the country. Here are some of the bars in Famagusta:

Tiki Bar for a cool environment and a long night out 

Paddy's Bar for awesome live music night 

Sfinx Bar for old school entertainment 


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