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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 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 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.
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 artillery s…
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 with a…
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 churche…
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 it…
Turkish in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Desdemona Bar & Restaurant

There's a rough-and-ready look to this place but don't be put off, this restaurant-bar is superfriendly and serves excellent-value kebabs which come with plenty of meze. It's in an old stone building attached to the…