Tours and Excursions to Famagusta from Ayia Napa
Famagusta has a long and turbulent history with it's origins shrouded in myths and legends. It is possible that is was founded as long ago as 285 BC and was ruled in turn by Lusignans, Genoese, Venetians and Ottomans. Each incoming culture left their mark on this city which once claimed to have 365 churches. Today in Famagusta, ancient monuments sit side by side with modern shops and cafe's making this a fascinating city to explore.
- Venetian Walls - Extremely well preserved walls dating back to medieval times.
- Othello Tower - Made famous by Shakespeare in his play "Othello" This recently restored medieval fortress guards the old port of the city.
- Saint Nicholas Cathedral - Impressive gothic cathedral in the heart of the old town dating back to 1400 which was converted to Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque by the Ottoman Turks in 1571
- The old Royal Palace - 13th century Lusignan royal palace in the heart of the city
- Church of St Peter and Paul - converted to Sinan Pasha Mosque in 1571 - originally built in 1359 and now used as a public library
- Varosha - The "ghost town" of Famagusta was once one of the top holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and drew many famous visitors. It remains virtually untouched since the Turkish invasion in 1974 and can be viewed either from Constantia Beach or from the road alongside the fenced off area.
Distance from Ayia Napa: Famagusta is around 27km from Ayia Napa and takes around 35 minutes to get to.
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