Ghost Town Famagusta
Ghost Town Famagusta
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Once a thriving resort and seaside town, the ghost town of Varosha has sat abandoned since the 1970s. While you're not allowed to enter the fenced-off areas, you can still have a stroll or bike ride around the area to explore the deserted buildings and rubble—a time capsule of what was once the most glamorous spot in Cyprus. A part of Varosha beach has recently been reopened, for a peculiar beach day against the backdrop of the abandoned resort. For a more typical beach holiday, you can head to the neighboring Palm Beach first before starting your tour of the Ghost Town. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • MrsCockburn
    227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully Eerie
    We throughly enjoyed this organised tour around the ghost city. The buildings, although obviously decaying, still show a glimpse of their days gone by. Well worth a visit and I’d definitely recommend organising your trip through one of the tour operators who advertise on here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Fabitziana
    Cheshire, United Kingdom130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    Visited as a family of 5 with youngest being 13. We drove there ourselves as staying in the North. Loads of parking if you get there before 12. We parked right outside the entrance in one of the many car parks. At the entrance there was a cafe and kiosk where you could hire a push bike, an electric scooter or a buggy with a driver. We opted for the buggy as it was 40°+ The driver was just a driver so didn’t give information but it was great. He stopped at few points for us to get off and take photos. He also stopped at the beach for us to check this out for 10 mins or so. After the tour we went back to the beach which was a short walk from the entrance. There were sun-beds and umbrellas for hire and also a really good value cafe/bar. The beach was awesome but a little bit eerie as it was surrounded by what was once five star hotels but now deserted ruins.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • 766tomw
    Higham Ferrers, United Kingdom327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing visit and well worth doing if you can
    Really wanted to see the famous ghost town of Famagusta whilst we were here in Cyprus. Just to share our experience, we drove in our rental car towards Famagusta. When we got to the passport border I had to park the car and pay 20 euros for the insurance and then show this to the guy in the passport control office. We then drove into Famagusta to the checkpoint to the ghost town. Be aware because you are crossing into northern Cyprus which is part of Turkey and vodafone charged me £6.50 to be able to use my data, which I needed for the sat nav. When we got to the entrance to the ghost town we paid 500 Turkish lira for a golf buggy to take us round the town. This worked out to be £17.50 which was well worth it as we saw so much of the town and it was over thirty degrees. The buggy driver stops at various points so you can see the beach and a mosque. I highly recommend the buggy or rent a bicycle from the same place. On the way back we stopped at the fancy restaurant, good fellows at the entrance to the ghost town which was incredible. Definitely go see the ghost town for the history and then read up on it on Wikipedia like I did.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Chloe j
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family day out
    Great to see the area after seeing it from afar 12 years previously, such a shame it’s derelict but very educational explaining to the children to why it is like it is the way it is. Free to go to aswell which is incredible. Easy to get to by car or on the big red bus which we went with previously when it wasn’t fully open.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Trev R
    United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ghost town.
    This place was great. You can't believe it's still all there. Empty houses hotels buisenesss. Really weird to see. Beaches are usable and you can can walk down them but the buildings are not accessible as fenced off. But a fantastic place to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Martin F
    Canterbury, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit Varosha!
    The experience of visiting Varosha, the abandoned city, is absolutely stunning. To see old buildings left abandoned some fifty years ago is truly both sad and fascinating at the same time. We went around the city in a tour guided golf buggy type vehicle and the guide was very informative I would definitely encourage anyone visiting Famagusta to visit Varosha.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 October 2023
  • hayley b
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good experience
    Hire push bike to ride around cheap. But check the bike for brakes. Good experience. Couldn't see all of the city, which was disappointing. But still saw enough. Enjoyed the history. Empty buildings, but must had been looted as no furniture left inside as they claimed. Defo worth seeing.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Scenic40802975722
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out for all of the family!!
    We had a brill time here. Our first attempt to go had us sent home as we didn't take our passports. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORTS 😅 Another point to note, if you are travelling by car, you will have to purchase Turkish vehicle insurance at the passport check point. This cost us 20€ for 3 days worth. The journey from the Konnos Beach area to Famagusta Ghost Town took us approx 40 mins by car. Famagusta Ghost Town was enjoyed by all of the family from 5 years old to 65 years old. It's a real eerie place with heaps of history. Some of us opted for electric scooters, others a pedal bike while the rest opted to walk. As a guide, we paid 300 Turkish lira for 2 hour scooter hire which works out approx £8. A real bargain, imo. You can also pay for a buggy and driver but this only lasts 30 mins. It took us approx 2 hours to leisurely see most of the area and we were told the tour was approx 7km in total. Tired parents and kiddies all around. Well worth a visit. Another important point to note; this is a Muslim area so, be mindful when dressing as shorts and bikinis will not earn you any approving glances from locals.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 November 2023
  • scott c
    South Queensferry, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Optimal guided tour of famagusta.
    Fantastic !! Having known a little about the history of varosha for a short while this tour was a must see for me. It did not disappoint. The tour guide , atos was friendly & accommodating from the very start (collected at our hotel) Prior to arrival at the border crossing we were taken to an information centre and shown a short video on the history of famagusta for context. This is a poignant curiosity for us tourists - but an unresolved Chapter in the lives of many Cypriots & I feel this was highlighted well. Afterwards Everything was streamlined & explained about the border crossings into the occupied territories. Once in the city we were given all the info on the various buildings & the businesses that once resided within them all at a pace commensurate with the group. Laterally once we’d been through varosha , we entered the outskirts of famagusta town & were able to dine or purchase gifts. Our guide , atos also advised us on where to go for purchases & what to avoid as potential tourist honey traps. In summary I would highly recommend this tour - there is so much to see & learn about this sad part of Cypriot history that YouTube videos & urbex articles fail to convey. This was worth every penny & I wish the guide every success in future. Scott.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2024
  • SteveC33
    Egham, United Kingdom151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow just wow
    We booked a TUI trip to include this area and it was quite emotional. To see the abandoned town from beach was quite appalling. Unfortunately the Turkish authorities are allowing electric bikes and golf buggies to be used by visitors which we felt was quite disrespectful.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 March 2024
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MarkNic15
Milton Keynes, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Visited Varosha as part of a TUI excursion to Northern Cyprus and was the part I was most looking forward to seeing. It was a very unique and errie place to visit and see all the buildings frozen in time from now 50 years since the invasion. We walked through the streets but there were people using bicycles, scooters and golf caddy style vehicles to get around. It was a very hot day but there was plenty of shade from buildings on the street.
I would definitely recommend coming to visit this place.
Written 17 June 2024
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ohmygordon
Glasgow, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took a Bolt taxi to Deryneia Crosspoint for €20. They check your passport then the very helpful guy at the tourism office (located at the checkpoint) phones a taxi to Verosha - €20 euro cash.
Written 31 May 2024
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cyprusgirl1960@gmail.com
Porthcawl, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Governments and politics..AND GREED let this gem of a town down,when everyone is concerned about sending up satellites,and billionaires boasting on about how they made their fortunes,why not concentrate on bringing life back to this area.So sad that many families were displaced during 1974 and now seems to be swept under the carpet and forgotten about for 50yrs.Talk about it in Parliament Nooo,Talk about it in the White House Nooo.Archbishop Macarious.sshh...
Written 30 May 2024
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MarcusAbi
Manama, Bahrain24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Have wanted to go here for ages. A trip from South to North Cyprus made it happen. Was brilliant to ride around the Ghost Town on an electric scooter - so much to see.
Written 28 May 2024
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Mark H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Was on holiday over in Cyprus and visited the ghost town and what an eye opener and emotional visit obviously we had a guide which helped, you do need your passport and not allowed to take photos of anything military but if you get a chance go.
Written 16 May 2024
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murphypickle
Peyia, Cyprus445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This is a place we take most of our visiting friends when they want to see the occupied side of Cyprus. This is probably a "must see" place although very sad to see
On our latest trip we noticed that the old hire bikes had been replaced with newer models and you can now be driven around in a buggy and stop at the lovely beach there. More of has now been opened up
Written 16 May 2024
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Eric H
Ashington, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Very good tour,an eye opener. How can the Turkish be allowed to cash in on a town which they caused the destruction of and now cashing in by opening cafes etc on the beach. They are pushing their boundaries in my opinion.
Written 15 May 2024
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dandonaldson
Leeds, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Really interesting place - like nothing else. After parking (free) just outside the entrance to the old town, you walk through a checkpoint where there are toilets, cafe and bike rental.
We hired an electric scooter (£12 each for two hours) which was great fun and went off to explore the town. You can just walk or hire a normal bike if you prefer. There are toilets and beach cafes at either end of the area of the town that you are allowed in. Great fun and really interesting looking at the crumbling buildings and a relic of the 1970s.
Written 13 May 2024
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Gareth B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Wow just wow our tour guide Andrea was an absolute delight she went into so much detail about what happened on the day in 1974 and the knowledge that she possess in far better than any other tour I've done. The bus driver yannis was very professional and also made the effort to speak to every customer on the bus and also told us about the history of the town itself. Remember you passports as you will need them. Unfortunately the bus ride back was unpleasant due to a couple being very disrespectfull to not only the customers on the bus by swearing on shouting whilst there was young children there but also the tour guide. So please if you do decide to take this tour please ensure you show respect as alpt of these guides and there families had to witness this horrible act of history first hand.
Written 4 April 2024
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SteveC33
Egham, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We booked a TUI trip to include this area and it was quite emotional. To see the abandoned town from beach was quite appalling. Unfortunately the Turkish authorities are allowing electric bikes and golf buggies to be used by visitors which we felt was quite disrespectful.
Written 22 March 2024
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