Welcome to Deryneia
The small town of Deryneia spreads across the coastal plain just a few hops north of Paralimni. It has a clutch of Byzantine churches dating from the 12th century and a folk art museum worth visiting, but primarily it's known for its location at the eastern rise of the Green Line that separates the Republic of Cyprus from the North. Most people come to visit the Famagusta Cultural Centre, which offers views across the UN Buffer Zone to the eerie, empty and derelict ghost town of Varosia, which before 1974 was Famagusta's modern district and the island's high-rolling seaside resort. For anyone interested in Cyprus’ modern history, it’s well worth stopping in.