I visited the Ghost resort town of Varosha, at Famagusta in North Cyprus.
Saying at Ayia Napa there is a red bus open bus tour of Famagusta, but they were fully booked and the cost was €30, walking down the road I saw adverts for Mr Johns half day tour, so we booked with him, at a cost of €20.
Mr John was lost his home, and was a refugee from Famagusta during the Turkish 1974 invasion, and was a very informative.
We were picked up in his minibus at the Hotel,,and then went across the border (remember to take your passport, and get a visa to make sure you do not get a turkish stamp in your passport)
We visited, as far as we could go to the Ghost resort of Varosha.
In the 1970s, Famagusta was the number one tourist destination in Cyprus. To cater to the increasing number of tourists, many new high-rise buildings and hotels were constructed. During its heyday the Varosha quarter of Famagusta was not only the number one tourist destination in Cyprus, but between 1970 and 1974 it was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and was a favourite destination of wealthy, rich and famous stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot.
Since 1974, entry to the district is forbidden with the exception of the TSK personnel and the students of the girls' dormitory in there.
As no one has inhabited the area and no repairs have been carried out, all of the buildings are slowly falling apart. Nature is reclaiming the area, as metal corrodes, windows break, and plants work their roots into the walls and pavement. Sea turtles have been seen nesting on the deserted beaches. Car dealerships are stocked with vintage 1974 models, and years following the abandonment, people claimed to have seen lightbulbs still burning in the windows of abandoned buildings
We then had a 1 1/2 in Famagusta.
Mr John Mobile is +357 99 622139 if you want to book.
Highly recommended trip.
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