Top things to do in Famagusta (Gazimağusa) & the Karpas Peninsula

Top Choice Historic 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 to k…
Top Choice Beach in Karpas Peninsula

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 so…
Top Choice Archaeological 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 after …
Top Choice Church 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 ‘Acts o…
Top Choice Church in Karpas Peninsula

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 ti…
Top Choice Mosque 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 sister…
Top Choice Cypriot in Yenierenköy (Yiallousa)

Alevkayalı Restaurant

Calamari cooked to perfection, superfresh fish and well-spiced sheftalia (grilled sausages wrapped in caul fat; şeftali kebap in Turkish); Alevkayalı is a top lunch spot. Generous mains come with a meze of hummus, h…
Top Choice Cafe in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Petek Confectioner

Famed throughout Northern Cyprus, Petek is a temple to all things sugary, with towers of lokum (Turkish delight), syrupy baklava, and what might be the best dondurma (ice cream) on the island. So pull up a pew and w…
Top Choice Cypriot in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Othello's Meyhanesi

It may not look fancy but this joint is where the locals go when they want to indulge in full meze blow-outs. Pace yourself; this is the real-deal 30-plus-dish spread – don't expect to eat and run. If you are here o…
Top Choice Cypriot in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Aspava Restaurant

Always bustling with tourists at lunchtime and locals during the evening, this vine-draped courtyard restaurant dishes up meze followed by a bevy of succulent grilled meats. Make sure you're hungry.