One of Cyprus’s six districts, Famagusta District sprawls across the island’s south-east and encompasses its most important port, Famagusta. It’s home to sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, high limestone cliffs and fertile “red soil villages”, as well as the lively resort towns.
Things to do in Famagusta
One of Famagusta District’s most popular resort towns is Ayia Napa, which centres around a Venetian-era monastery overlooking Plateia Seferi square. Partially built underground in the 16th century, it is dedicated to Our Lady of the Forests in reference to the wooded environment of the area. After admiring its medieval stone architecture and 600-year-old plane tree, you can feast on locally caught seafood and one of Ayia Napa’s lively tavernas.
For a day at the beach, head to the sands of Nissi, which stretches around 500 metres to the west of Ayia Napa. You can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, wade through the shallows to the uninhabited islet of Nissi or test your skills while water skiing and windsurfing. Nissi Beach is a popular party destination in the summer months, with themed events regularly held featuring guest DJs.
At the southern end of Famagusta Bay is Cape Greco, a forested headland that is a national park. Follow one of the nature trails that lead between its pine trees to dramatic limestone cliffs that offer sweeping views across the Mediterranean Sea. Not to miss is the tiny whitewashed church of Agoi Anargyroi and the Cyclops Cave that’s intertwined with local legends.
Getting around Famagusta
Famagusta District is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Nicosia and one hour from Larnaca International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Having your own vehicle is the most convenient way of getting around the district.