Famagusta ancient city of North Cyprus
Famagusta also known as Gazimağusa, on the eastern Mediterranean coast, is one of the best examples of medieval architecture in the region. Famagusta’s Old Town has enough history to be considered a large outdoor museum. You can wander amid the ruins in a lovely scenery surrounded by palm trees and bougainvillea flowers. Throughout the ages, the city has been ruled by a number of countries, each of which has left its mark on the city’s structures and architecture.
The Lusignans constructed a stone wall around the Old Town in the 1300s. The wall’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it is well-preserved and undamaged. The city wall is an excellent location to start if you want to take a walk down memory lane.
If you are in the area, make a point of visiting the historic Petek Patisserie. The café is well-known in the neighborhood for its famous pistachio-filled and honey-oozing pastries. Arabic delicacies, traditional clothing, and clay pots are displayed on the walls. Cozy as hell, and ideal for a respite from a historical stroll around the old town.
You won’t have to travel far from Petek Patisserie to reach the lively old town’s square. The famous Lala Mustafa Pasha mosque is located there, and it is the largest of the medieval structures in Famagusta, as well as one of the most exquisite gothic architectural in the Mediterranean. The Venetian Palace and the St. George of the Greeks church are also nearby.
Lala Mustafa Paşa mosque
Famagusta is a pretty large city with a lot of shopping and restaurants beyond the gates. It is also a vibrant student city, as it is home to North Cyprus’ oldest institution, Eastern Mediterranean University.
When the weather turns hot in Famagusta, many residents and tourists go to the beach. Famagusta is a large city located near numerous beautiful beaches. Palm Beach, which is just a few steps away from the old city walls, is the closest and hence likely the most popular.
Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for hire on the beach. A snack restaurant is also available for light meals. Varosha’s abandoned hotels, just close to Palm Beach, are a strange attraction and a melancholy reminder of what once was.
A few minutes north of Famagusta, magnificent beaches with white sand and turquoise water can be seen along the coast. Important ancient sites like as the Salamis ruins and the St. Barnabas monastery are also be found there. Ercan International Airport is around an hour drive from Famagusta.