Today we drove to Famagusta to see the area that was abandoned after the Turkish invasion and to look at the old city. As we crossed the Turkish line, they needed to check all of our passports and assigned us a Turkish escort to stay with us the whole time we were there. The first thing we checked out was the area of Famagusta that was evacuated after the invasion. Our tour guide explained how the area was becoming a huge part of Cyprus’ tourism industry and very prosperous up until the invasion. It was weird to see such a large area of buildings completely abandoned. Even though this happened 50 years ago, the buildings all looked very modern and it’s a shame that the area never got to fully develop.
After that, we went to the old city, which is completely surrounded by a large stone wall. We had a short tour of a church their and then had free time to walk around the area. I got a delicious pizza for lunch and then ice cream right after so it was a very good time. The city also had a ton of fake luxury brand stores which I had not seen much of anywhere else in Cyprus. Finally, we took some pictures on top of the wall and then headed to the beach.
The beach we went to was called Fig Tree Bay and it was definitely the nicest beach I have ever been to. The water was perfectly clear and there were no waves at all so it was perfect for swimming. There was even an island to swim out too. Unfortunately, we only had a little less than 2 hours to stay there but it was still a lot of fun. From there we made a stop along the coast to look at the sea caves, which were also super cool. Finally, we headed back to Nicosia and my friends and I had an amazing sushi dinner.