Famagusta Travel Guide

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Famagusta Things to Do

  • Lala Mustafa Pasha mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is the largest medieval building in Famagusta. It was originally constructed as St. Nicholas Cathedral and its construction took almost 100 years (1300-1400 AD). Its architecture is obviously Gothic and many claim that it closely resembles the Cathedral of Rheims in Paris. When the Ottoman Turks captured Famagusta from the Venetians in 1571,...

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  • Othello's Castle and Citadel

    Othello's Tower is the medieval fortress guarding both the harbour and the town of Famagusta. Othello is the name of a Venetian governor of 1506. The entrance to the tower is pierced through the Venetian fortifications which date from between 1500 and 1550. Inside the walls is the Great Hall, and with the large kitchen at one end. Windows are...

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  • The Church of St George

    The ruins of the St. George Church still stand and can be seen in the Old City Walls of Famagusta. This church was said to be built in opposition to the nearby Latin, Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The central part of the church had a large dome which today does not exist due to Ottoman attacks in 1571 where it was demolished. Some of...

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  • St. George Church

    The ruins of the St. George Church still stand and can be seen in the Old City Walls of Famagusta. This church was said to be built in opposition to the nearby Latin, Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Nicholas.The central part of the church had a large dome which today does not exist due to Ottoman attacks in 1571 where it was demolished. Some of the...

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  • Glapsides Beach

    It is the best beach in Famagusta. It's a pretty long sandy beach with lots of umbrellas. The sea is quite shallow, making it really convenient for families with little children. July and August are not really the best months for spending time on beaches of Famagusta. At noon time it is almost 40 degrees (celcius). June and September are the best...

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  • The Royal Palace

    It was originally the Royal Palace of the Lusignans, built in the 13th century, just opposite the St. Nicholas Cathedral (now Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque). In this palace that the Kings and Queens of Cyprus were crowned until the reign of Peter II in 1369. It was ruined by an earthquake and today we see the L-shaped remains of this palace of the...

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  • Namik Kemal Dungeon and Museum

    Namik Kemal (1840-1888) was a nationalist poet and novelist, spent 38 months in this dungeon when he was sent into exile by the Ottoman Sultan in April 1873 soon after the first performance of his play 'Vatan or Silistre' at Gedik Pasha Theatre in Istanbul. The play promoted nationalism and liberalism, and was considered dangerous by the Ottoman...

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  • Canbulat Bastion (Arsenale) and Museum

    Canbulat (Djanboulat) was one of the high-ranking Ottoman soldiers during the conquest of Cyprus in 1570-1. He took part in all of the operations.According to an old legend about his martyrdom , Canbulat drove his horse on the big grinding knife which was mounted by the Venetians to the entrance of the Arsenal in order to prevent the advance of the...

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  • Othello's Tower

    Othello's Tower is the medieval fortress guarding both the harbour and the town of Famagusta. Othello is the name of a Venetian governor of 1506. The entrance to the tower is pierced through the Venetian fortifications which date from between 1500 and 1550.Inside the walls is the Great Hall, and with the large kitchen at one end. Windows are quite...

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Famagusta Hotels

  • Grecian Park Hotel

    Undoubtedly the hotel with Aya Napa's greatest view - due to its location relatively high up on the...

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  • Salamis Bay Conti Hotel

    Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel is overpriced and overrated. However, the sea is very nice. I have...

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  • Kaya Artemis

    Zeytinli Kahve Mevkii Torba, Famagusta, Cyprus

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Famagusta Restaurants

  • If You Feel Like Eating Doner Kebap...

    Temel Reis is the Turkish name for the cartoon character "Popeye". Temel is also a common name for man in Northern Turkey. The owner of the restraunt is called Temel and his restaurant is Temel Reis Restaurant. The restaurant is located in the middle of Famagusta with a big and nice garden. The service is nice and fast. It is one of the oldest...

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  • For an Elegant Dinner in Famagusta

    If you are in Famagusta and want to have an elegant dinner, you do not have many options. My husband and I spent more than a month here and believe me, we have tried all restaurants in the city center.Ezic Restaurant is the newest and the most elegant one among all the restaurants in Famagusta. They have a really long menu, including salads,...

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  • If you feel like eating lamb...

    The place seems to be pretty casual but highly favoured by the locals and regular tourists of Famagusta. The owner is a really nice man and if the place is not really crowded, he offers Turkish coffee free of charge. Plus, he somehow guesses pretty well what kind of music his customers like and tunes his radio channel accordingly. Cool,...

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  • Yummy Food

    If my husband was not working close by, we'd have never discovered this small (they have four tables only) restaurant and its nice owners. Ran by a friendly Turkish couple, Mezze-Ra offers a wide range of tastes, from great breakfast options to local Turkish cuisins (kebaps) from regular toasts to various vegetable dishes.They also bring anything...

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  • cakes & puddings & sweets & more

    Heaven on earth when sweets are concerned... Petek is a large teahouse serving all sorts of sweets that you can dream of... and salty snacks, too. The teahouse is divided in two parts, one where you can choose your treaties, a long hall with a delightful wooden interior, and one where you can have tea/coffee and your sweets - with a lovely fountain...

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  • The best food in town..no words can...

    IL CAVALIERE ITALIAN RESTAURANT GOOD SELECTION OF DISHES TO MEET EVERY POCKET AND TASTEEXCELLENT CHOICE OF ITALIAN AND LOCAL WINES AT REASONABLE PRICES.vERY HELPFULL STAFF, NICE ATMOSPHERE AND THE BEST FOOD YOU EVER TRY MUSSELS, CRISPY MUSHROOMS, FRIED FETTA CHEESE MELIZZANA, CREAMY MUSHROOMS, VEGEATARIAN DISHES SEAFOOD DISHES,CHICKEN AND PORK...

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Famagusta Transportation

  • From Famagusta to Nicosia/Kyrenia by Bus

    If you don't have a rental car and you want to go to Nicosia or Kyrenia from Famagusta, you can take a bus. The buses are run by a company called "Itimat". They don't have fixed timetables so you should go to their office or call them before you plan your trip to Nicosia or Kyrenia.

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  • In and Around Famagusta

    The public transportation does not exist in Famagusta. You either walk or take a taxi or rent a car. The taxis generally fix the prices in Famagusta. It is better to talk with your hotel receptionist or the owner of any local store to learn the current taxi fare fixing for the city. It is not written anywhere but it is fixed. In August 2011 for any...

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  • From Ercan Airport to Famagusta by Taxi

    Although there is a shuttle service between Ercan Airport and Famagusta, taking a taxi right away is more convenient (in case you don't want to rent a car directly). It roughly takes an hour to reach Famagusta and be sure that the taxi is overcharging you if you are asked to pay more than 60 TL. To avoid this, the best way is to fix the price with...

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Famagusta Shopping

  • Oza Coffee

    Any local market (Onder, Lemar, Koruk, etc.) Oza CoffeeIt is a kind of Turkish coffee but this one comes from Famagusta. It is more bitter than the original Turkish coffee. It is a nice, small gift for your loved ones. 10 TL/package

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  • g nuts... buy nuts

    Just a van, parked in front of the old town's land gate, inside... I don't even know if it's there every day or if we got lucky... but it sells some of the most heavenly pistachios in the world. Pistachios, of course, but there are also all sorts of nuts... roasted to perfection and very tasty. Of course you can taste them before you buy them, so...

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Famagusta Local Customs

  • Official Holidays

    Here are the official holidays for Famagusta (and all other Northern Cyprus cities):January 1April 23May 1May 19July 20August 1August 30October 29November 15Plus 2 religious holidays (their dates change every year as they are according to moon calendar)The majority of the official holidays are the same as the official holidays in Turkey. Famagusta...

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  • Kemal Ataturk

    Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, is a well-known name and face in the Turkish Cypriot side, and you may see many monumensts dedicated to him. The largest of such is in Famagusta, in the new town, at the roundabout nearest to the Land Gate tleading to the old city.His head is the one that appearears on top of the monument, the...

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  • Namik Kemal

    Namik Kemal (1840-1888), was a Turkish nationalist poet and novelist, who had spent 38 month in Famagusta - not exactly as a resident but rather as an exiled person - which meant that he was imprisoned, starting from 9 April 1873. His horrifying crime? Apparently one of his plays, 'Vatan or Silistre', performed at Gedik Pasha Theatre in Istanbul on...

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Famagusta Tourist Traps

  • Business Cards of Taxi Drivers

    It is very common for taxi drivers to give their customers their business cards. They want you to directly call them when you need a taxi. Generally when you call them, if they are not available at that moment, they try to arrange another taxi for you. This may mean waiting for too long. When the taxi driver tries to convince you to call him for...

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  • Fix the Price Before You Take a Taxi!

    If you don't have a rental car and if you are not in the mood for a long walk, you'll have to take a taxi in Famagusta because there is no public transportation. The taxis fix their prices for the trips in the city center but it is not announced or written anywhere. You are expected to "know" this. For summer 2011, the fare fixing was 7 TL for...

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Famagusta Off The Beaten Path

  • Incirli Cave

    Incirli Cave is in the small village of Cinarli. The cave gets its name from the fig tree that stands outside the entrance to the cave itself (Fig means "incir" in Turkish).Incirli Cave is a natural formed cave and is one of the largest caves on the island. The cave is 100 metre long and 10-15 metre wide passage down which contains an amazing...

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  • Poke around in the Citadel.

    As ever, there are bits and pieces of interest to seek out, easily missed when looking at the grand scale...................a store of unused cannonballs.............a beautifully carved shield, presumably Venetian..............another carved shield, half destroyed...............such skilful arches in the roof, with a stone boss holding all in...

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  • Don't miss the Roman bits!

    It would be easy to walk through the site of the Venetian governor's palace (opposite the cathedral), now gardens, without noticing the various Roman statues and carvings dotted about.I imagine they all came from ancient Salamis, which is hardly any distance away up the coast.The sarcophagus is particularly well-carved.

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Famagusta Sports & Outdoors

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    by allouc Updated Dec 26, 2012

    Cyprus' oldest registered football club still calls it home, even though they have not played a game there since 1974.

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Famagusta Favorites

  • Ooops! Not a castle!

    Famagusta is one of the main cities of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Having said Turkish, it has been Turkish since 1571. Before that the Venetians ruled the city. Today we see the remains of the Venetians in the historical center. The most striking building to see in the historical center is, of course, St. Nicholas Cathedral or better...

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  • one city, many names

    Once upon a time, it was called Arsinoe, after Arsinoe II of Egypt, then in Greek Ammokhostos (hidden in sand) and then again Famagusta. The Turkes called it Gazi-Mağusa, or in short Mağusa - and by this na it is known now.Throughout the centuries people from various countries came to this town: Lusignans, Palestinians, Italians (mainly...

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Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (St. Nicholas Cathedral)
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The Historical Walls of Famagusta
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From Ercan Airport to Famagusta by Shuttle
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Varosha - Ghost Town
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Patisserie Petek
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Gothic Architecture of Magusa
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Gaze from afar at Maras (Varosha).
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The Citadel
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The Church of St George of the Greeks
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The Church of St George of the Latins
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Poke around the cathedral courtyard.
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Spot the ancient tree.
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Lala Mustafa Pasa Camii/St Nicholas Cathedral
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Kombos between Kyrenia-Famagusta
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Archaeological Museum
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Sycamore Fig Tree (Ficus sycomorus)
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Ancient City of Salamis-Magusa
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OTHELLO TOWER AND CASTLE
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Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (St. Nicholas Cathedral)
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From Nicosia to Famagusta
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getting there by public transportation
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Old Kirtikli Bathhouse
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Church of St George of the Latins
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Sinan Pasha Mosque
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Palazzo del Proveditore
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Marash, the Ghost City
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Apostolos Andreas Monastery
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Aya Trias Bazilica: mosaics of 6th century A.D.
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