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Famagusta City Tour with Salamis & 'Ghost Town' from Paphos
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

The site helps to remind us of the devastation that war brings about. It has the same impact as e.g. St Nicholas' Church in Hamburg, the tunnels under the airport at Sarajevo,sectarian graffiti in Londonderry and so on, and on.
For further reminders of the sadness and grief wreaked on both sides in 1974 it is possible to visit the site of some of the mass graves from where bodies have been excavated and identified in a laboratory in Sarajevo.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

I use to go to my aunts for summer holiday which they had a house in Famagusta. Varosha was the main touristic attraction at that time going back to 1968. At that time this place was known as the Paris of Middle East. Many hotels , restaurants and even topless people sunbathing in those years.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

A long days trip nut worth it very scary what happened having 3 hours to get out when turkey invaded in 1974 being left in same condition to this day . Its classed as a military area so you cant go in or take photos armed guards on fences apparantley 1900 people were missing from 1974 hmmmmm conspiracy theory

Date of experience: November 2016
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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
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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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