Famagusta, North Cyprus is the largest city in Northern Cyprus.
Famagusta is a fascinating city to explore, and you might be able to catch a glimpse of its impressive walls as you come into Ercan airport on your flight to north Cyprus.
Modern Famagusta lies on the east coast of North Cyprus, and at its heart is the impressive old walled city and its ring of towers. The deep harbour beyond the walls is protected by a mighty citadel, commonly known as Othello’s Tower after Shakespeare’s flawed hero. Both walls and towers were built to defend this wealthy city against the ottoman invaders, but in 1571 they besieged the city. Their cannon bombardment badly damaged the city, and cannon balls fro the siege still litter the old town! Famagusta today is a fascinating mix of ruined churches, Venetian houses and restored buildings. At the centre is a vast square, dominated by the former St Nicolas Cathedral, its Gothic spires and vaulted ceiling now housing a mosque.
You can still walk along the old walls of Famagusta, and even drive along the dry moat, for an invader’s eye view of the massive defences! Within an easy drive of the old city are some beautiful beaches, and the Roman remains of Salamis.