Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Venetian Walls

Defining the Old Town, these imposing ramparts were constructed by the Venetians in the early 16th century. Although over 15m high and up to 8m thick, and surrounded by a now-waterless moat, the ramparts failed...

Top ChoiceBeach in South Coast

Golden Beach

Golden Beach

Possibly the best on the island, Golden Beach is worth the trip to the Karpas in itself. Its white-sand dunes and gentle curves meet the calm, clear sea, and wild donkeys graze nonchalantly on the hills while you...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Around Famagusta

Ancient Salamis

According to legend, Salamis was founded around 1180 BC by Teucer (Teukros), son of Telamon, king of Salamina, on the Greek mainland. Brother to the hero Ajax, he was unable to return home from the Trojan War...

Top ChoiceChurch in Around Famagusta

Church of Apostolos Varnavas

This beautiful Orthodox church is dedicated to St Paul’s good friend Varnavas (Barnabas), who was born in Cyprus and carried out his missionary work here. Although his name and work are listed in the Bible’s...

Top ChoiceChurch in South Coast

Monastery of Apostolos Andreas

It's not as glitzy as other churches, with a plain, small interior holding an iconostasis with some lovely icons from the late 19th century. But the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, sitting facing the sea near the...

Top ChoiceMosque in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Lala Mustafa Paşa Camii

The former Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos (St Nicholas) is the finest example of Lusignan Gothic architecture on the island, built between 1298 and 1326. Modelled on France’s Cathedral of Reims, it outshines its...

Castle in Karpas Peninsula

Kantara Castle

The best vantage point on the Karpas is from this Lusignan Gothic castle, one of three in Cyprus. Kantara Castle is the furthest east and the lowest in elevation at 690m. It has a 360-degree view of the region...

Historic Site in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Othello’s Tower

An extension of the Old Town’s walls, Othello’s Tower was constructed during Lusignan rule, in order to protect the harbour. In 1492 the Venetians further fortified the citadel and transformed it into an...

Beach in Dipkarpaz (Rizokarpaso)

Agios Filon Beach

With its soft sand and big, flat sea rocks, this is a fantastic beach some 5km north of Dipkarpaz. It’s also a turtle-hatching beach and a great place to watch the sunset. The 12th-century Agios Filon Church...

Beach in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Palm Beach

The best strip of sand in Famagusta, and probably the weirdest beach you'll ever visit. The edge of the sand is rimmed with ruins of hotels with blown-out windows, and the southern end comes to an abrupt halt...

Archaeological Site in Sipahi (Agia Triada)

Basilica of Agia Triada

Although only the foundations and a few battered half-columns of this 5th-century basilica survived to show the rough outline of the building, the intricately patterned mosaic flooring has managed to withstand...

Beach in Around Famagusta

Glapsides Beach

About 4km north of Famagusta, on the road to Salamis, this shallow sandy beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and exploring the submerged harbour of the ancient city.It’s popular with locals and great...

Landmark in South Coast

Zafer Burnu (Cape Apostolos Andreas)

A mere 3km from the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, along a dirt track, is the easternmost tip of Cyprus. From here you can see the cluster of rocky isles known as the Kleides (The Keys).The Neolithic site of...

Church in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

St Peter & St Paul Church

Although not open to the public, the magnificent facade of this mammoth 14th-century church, which has survived intact, gives you a good impression of what Famagusta would have looked like before most of its...

Church in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

St George of the Greeks Church

The ruins of this once-stately and splendidly Gothic church are one of the most picturesque in the walled city. You can still make out the faint outlines of once-rich frescos upon the interior stone walls. Beside...

Historic Site in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Ravelin (Rivettina) Bastion

Also known as the ‘Akkule’ or ‘white tower’. It was here that the Ottomans first breached Famagusta's walls, surrendered by the white-flag-waving Venetians. The bastion was undergoing restoration work when we...

Museum in Around Famagusta

Panagia Theotokos Icon Museum

This domed church, with arched recesses in its side walls, has fine paintings of the Virgin Mary of the Annunciation and the Prayer of Joachim and Anna, in which the couple are seen embracing while a young girl...

Beach in South Coast

Kumyalı Beach

This little beach–fishing harbour, just outside the village of Kumyalı (Koma tou Gialou), is ideal for a last stop and swim before you make the long drive up the western flank of the peninsula to the more...

Church in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

St George of the Latins Church

Sitting incongruously amid a traffic intersection, St George of the Latins is one of Famagusta’s oldest churches. The remaining walls with their distinctive lancet windows are a good example of early Gothic...

Archaeological Site in Around Famagusta

Ancient Enkomi

Settlement at Enkomi dates back as far as 1800 BC. The city rose to prominence when it became a large copper-producing centre during the late Bronze Age (1650–1050 BC). What remains of the present site dates from...