What to do and see in Famagusta, Cyprus: The Best Places and Tips

July 26, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Famagusta /ˌfæməˈɡʊstə, ˌfɑː-/ (Greek: Αμμόχωστος locally [aˈmːoxostos]; Turkish: Mağusa [mɑˈɰusɑ], or Gazimağusa [gɑːzimɑˈɰusɑ]) is a city on the east coast of Cyprus. It is located east of Nicosia and possesses the deepest harbour of the island. During the medieval period (especially under the maritime republics of Genoa and Venice), Famagusta was the island's most important port city and a gateway to trade with the ports of the Levant, from where the Silk Road merchants carried their goods to Western Europe. The old walled city and parts of the modern town presently fall within the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in Gazimağusa District, of which it is the capital. It is also notable as the birthplace of the eponymous hero of the Renaissance proto-novel Fortunatus.
Restaurants in Famagusta

1. Salamis

Famagusta 99450, Cyprus
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
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4.5 based on 925 reviews

Salamis

Reviewed By brucestalker1 - Reading,

Was really looking forward to visiting here and was not disappointed. The excavated areas promise so much with a marvelous Amphitheatre, buildings which retain some coloured murals or frescoes and other areas to explore such as the public baths. However, there is so much more to be done here, both in terms of continued excavation AND preservation of the site as is. This site would benefit very much from international assistance but it was still marvellous and could rival many other similar attractions, such was the importance of the city in history. I would recommend a guide to get the most from this site.

2. Stardust Variety Show

Octagon Tavern | 7 Yiannaki Tziovani, Vrysoulles, Cyprus +357 23 730176
Excellent
98%
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2%
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5 based on 106 reviews

Stardust Variety Show

The one and only night out for all the family. Stardust Variety Show is a night full of fun and laughter for customers of all ages. This cast of International Drag Queens and Live Vocalist will have you singing and laughing along all night long. This evening is just a short ride outside of the main tourist resorts of Ayia Napa, Protaras, Penera and Kapparis. Transport included in the ticket.

Reviewed By bardel - north yorkshire

visited last week whilst on holiday in Protaras...so pleased this show was recommended to us....from the start to finish , the meal and drinks were very good and the show.....well fantastic is not even the best word to describe it...dont know a better one to let everyone know how good it was...go and see it ...great value and pick up and drop off was perfect.

3. Cyprus Diving Centre

Protaras, Pernera 5306, Cyprus
Excellent
98%
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5 based on 81 reviews

Cyprus Diving Centre

The Cyprus Diving Centre is a diving centre based in Pernera Cyprus offering a wide range of services and also PADI Courses. We are dedicated to providing our visitors with the best tuition possible in a safe, relaxed and controlled environment. We fully understand the needs and requirements of individual divers and that is why we are happy to tailor make courses and diving activities to suit you.

Reviewed By Glen L

I have been coming to Cyprus for the last 3 years and have dived with rich every year..rich and all the staff at Cyprus diving centre are above excellent in their handling of both new and qualified divers and they even offer snorkling lessons as well..I would definitely recommend them for all your diving and snorkling needs..

4. Dipkarpaz Milli Parki - Karpaz National Park Wild Donkey Protection Area

Karpaz Anayolu, Famagusta, Cyprus
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 271 reviews

Dipkarpaz Milli Parki - Karpaz National Park Wild Donkey Protection Area

Reviewed By gl8246 - Medway

The donkeys are wild, peaceful, friendly and expect to be fed with vegetables available from numerous sellers for 1 euro a bag.
The turtles, on the other hand, are not protected from the encroachment of humans on their laying grounds.
At Dipkarpaz coaches are driven onto the beach so that tourists can enjoy the sea air and the chance for a bit of impromptu skinny dipping and paddling.
The guides proudly tell you that one of the beach hotels has recently been demolished to return the area to the turtles to come ashore and lay their eggs.
But the more tourists who flood to the beach, the more they are encouraged to "go behind the hedge" when they need to relieve themselves, the number of cigarette butts and pieces of litter that are dropped, the less likely is the island going to keep them in sight.
It is a sad reflection on the consequences of the invasion that only the pacific donkeys currently benefit from the visitors - together with the trinket and knife sellers at St Andrew's Monastery.

5. Outdoor Folk Art Museum For Traditional Crafts

Str. Demetri Liberti 3, Deryneia 5380, Cyprus +357 23 102771
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Outdoor Folk Art Museum For Traditional Crafts

Reviewed By John S - London, United Kingdom

Wanted to escape from the busy tourist are with my girlfriend so we gone to see the museum of derineya village.. it was a fantastic journey and an amazing place. They had this small coffee shop there, I recommend it to everybody who want to see and do something different. . Local people play cards, u can drink Cypriot coffees and have nice food also and the variety of traditional souvenirs . For me and my girlfriend it was a nice experience recommend to everybody.

6. Zenobia Wreck

Larnaca 7081, Cyprus
Excellent
80%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 298 reviews

Zenobia Wreck

Reviewed By Niamh M - London, United Kingdom

Dived the Zenobia Wreck with Cyprus Diving Adventures who were fab! The Zenobia was our first wreck dive and it will definitely not be our last. Visibility is amazing (about 25-30m) and the wreck is really quite breathtaking! Zenobia is an absolute must if you’re a diver!!

7. Church of Profitis Elias

Akefalou St., Protaras, Paralimni, Cyprus
Excellent
71%
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5%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Church of Profitis Elias

Reviewed By scarface9769 - Rugby, United Kingdom

This little church is built up a little hill above bars an restaurants it is a amazing little church and when you go inside and see all the murals and pictures with brass everywhere. And the tree outside is full of ribbons tied to it which is supposed to bring you look.

8. Famagusta Walled City

Famagusta, Famagusta, Cyprus
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
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11%
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1%
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4.5 based on 647 reviews

Famagusta Walled City

Reviewed By Anjelo R - London, United Kingdom

Good to see a well maintained archeological site. A town full of life and Avery nice cake shop just opposite Othello’s tower!

9. Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Mahmut Celalettin Sokak, Famagusta, Cyprus
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 389 reviews

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Reviewed By Linda W - Tewkesbury, United Kingdom

Externally, this is an early C14th Gothic Cathedral, where the kings of Cyprus were crowned King of Jerusalem. Since the Turkish capture of Famagusta in C16th, they converted the building into a mosque, which it remains to this day. A minaret was added, which is rather out of keeping with the Gothic architecture of the rest of the building, but many churched were converted in this way. Although mosques are relatively empty inside, with no icons or religeous statues, this one is actually quite interesting.

10. Ghost Town Famagusta

Famagusta | mr John Mob: 0035799622139, Famagusta, Cyprus 0035799622139
Excellent
54%
Good
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Poor
3%
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4 based on 697 reviews

Ghost Town Famagusta

Reviewed By Linda W - Tewkesbury, United Kingdom

As the Turkish military do not allow anyone inside Varosha (the Ghost Town), one can only view it from outside the baricades. However, it is an interesting, if grim, reminder of what happened back in 1974. Includes at least one bombed tower block hotel, many bomb-damaged houses, and overgrown streets.

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