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Famagusta City Tour with Salamis & 'Ghost Town' from Paphos
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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and myself visited as part of an organised tour in November 2016. It was a very sobering and eerie place to see and even after we left I still found myself feeling sad about it in the evening.

We first walked to the beach and saw the deserted hotels, sealed off by a green fence and advising it is a forbidden zone. To get to these you walk through a residential area and then a cafe to get to the beach and a view of the hotels. It felt strange walking through all this to an area that had been abandoned.

The beach and hotels look like it was a lovely area back in the day, now it was covered in cigarette butts. The hotels have no windows with some walls missing and empty with an overwhelming feeling of sadness.

As we drove away on the bus we passed a big hotel and military posts. As we continued driving through the area we drove through the residential and shops / cafe parts. Again all fenced off, a lot of entrances to homes being blocked by prickly pear bushes, ironically some of them have started to go black and die.

Again this abandoned site is neighboured by residential areas which feels strange that people live in such close proximity to these sites abandoned since 1974.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Abbeylls
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The whole area used to be a thriving neighborhood and is now part of the UN buffer zone between north and south Cyprus. Everything has been left as it was in 1974, now abandoned, falling apart, behind fences and military surveillance. A reminder of the situation in Cyprus. Not a typical tourist experience but a disturbing war like sight, in a EU country.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

While staying at the resort town of Ayia Napa we decided to do the Mr John ghost town tour of Varosha and Famagusta. Most people would have never heard about this place nor know the history. We found this tour absolutely fascinating but with many different emotions of bewilderment, sadness and
a little anger of how a why this could have happened. Mr John the driver and guide was himself a refugee of the 1974 war of Turkish occupation of Cyprus. He spoke with a lot of emotion of his own personal stories on what he and his family when through.
The tour was nearly a full day trip and great value for only 20 eu each, we also got to see the old fortress and old town of Famagusta with its many churches now occupied by the Turks. This was a great day out and I would highly recommend doing as I don't think you we ever see something like this on such a large scale as this anywhere else in the world.

Let's hope that with the coming talks next week that there can a good resolution to this situation.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

If you want to learn the history of Cyprus and all about the war in 1974 this is a must see!

Amazing how a place the size of this can just be derelict!

If you want to see something different then this is definitely the place!

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

Like many, you have the romantic idea of seeing a city frozen in time. You Can't!! You cannot take photo's at all of the area & there was a chaperone with us to ensure we didn't. Not that there was anything to take a photo of.
You are so close to the fence by the buildings that have been looted many years ago, that you cannot see any of the intact houses/shops/etc lie further in. You would get the same effect by visiting a local derelict building in your home town that's due to be demolished - or visit Coventry!!
I suppose if you're in a nearby resort, then go see it just to satisfy your curiosity, but it's not worth a trip of more than 2hrs or in our case a full day at £59/person & no lunch!! Thomson's should be ashamed of themselves.
The plus side of things was our guide (from the south) who was full of information surrounding the events of the time & the current situation.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Chris P
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