Famagusta's history will be forever linked with the Roman city of Salamis (pictured to right). The decline of one lead directly to the rise of the other.
The city was founded around 274 BC, after the serious damage to Salamis by an earthquake. The village was described as a "fishing town" by Strabo in his Geographica in the first century BC. As the Roman Capitol's port, Salamis silted in, Famagusta grew in importance.
Famagusta hosts the best examples of Medieval Architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Today the old walled city is impressive, featuring huge fortifications that seem to defy the very thought of invasion. Although there are not many written records about the city, we can get short information from the records of the traders who came to the island.
The Venetian Walls in the ancient city area are one of the best preserved Venice works of the Eastern Mediterranean. There are many Medieval and Renaissance works you can visit in the area around Famagusta. The old town makes an excellent afternoon of sightseeing. As you walk around the ancient city district, you will be impressed by the beauty of antiquity.
Today, Famagusta is a frequent destination for university students. This is a sign that Magosa (Famagusa's local name) is a city open to both relaxation and fun. The city boasts; patisseries, restaurants, bars, disco and casinos. If we do not mention the fascinating culinary delights of Cyprus, it would be an unfortunate mistake. You can lose yourself when you smell the smoky turkish mesa after you have brought the fascinating flavors of the Cyprus cuisine at seaside.