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“Ancient Ruins of Salamis, Cyprus”
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Salamis
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Full-day Famagusta, Varosha, and Salamis Tour...
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Famagusta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed June 20, 2014

The Greco-Roman city of Salamis is five miles north of the north Cypriot town of Famagusta. It’s not as impressive a site as, say, Ephesus in Turkey, but it is situated much more beautifully right by the sea. In fact, you can walk from the site directly on to the beach and take a swim. If you bring a snorkel, you can see old chunks of pottery littering the sea floor in places and, at the far south tip of the site, ancient Roman sarcophagi can be seen in water about six feet deep. Bring your underwater camera. Salamis is a big site and if you’re serious about Roman ruins you should give yourself a few hours, maybe with a swim in between, so wear your suit under your clothes and bring a towel. The site is not well marked and good maps are a bit hard to find though you can get a general map when you buy your entry ticket. There’s a good account of the main parts of the site in the guide ‘In a Contested Realm: An Illustrated Guide to the Archaeology and Historical Architecture of Northern Cyprus’, which you can get from any on-line booksellers (you cannot get it in Cyprus itself, so buy it ahead of time). There’s a beach at the entrance to the site as well and a wonderful patio-style restaurant that serves pretty good food—not fancy—at fair prices. There’s not a lot of shade so bring your hat and good walking shoes. It’s just one of the many highlights in this immediate region, along with Famagusta, the ruins of the Bronze Age City of Enkomi, the Greek Orthodox church and monastery of St Barnabas, and the Kings Tombs.

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Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

2 hour brisk walk round the site. Could be done in an hour so as the worth while area is close by the gate. Ruins very interesting. Go see the Public Baths, the Agora then cross to the Theatre and climb to the top of the seating. Return via the Amphitheater (little to see) to the far end of the Agora to take in the public loo - seats 44 in comfort! In passing look for ceiling mosaics and under floor heating.
With more time seek out the colonnaded road and city walls. There is evidence of much more but little excavated. Fascinating what was achieved so long ago and what has been lost subsequently.

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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Good walk around some pretty substantial buildings/ruins. Site almost as large as Ephesus. Ampitheatre excellent. Nothing really left of Zeus temple and it's a bit of a trek to find that out! Go on your own rather than on an organised trip. Easy to get to.

2  Thank Jim D
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Salamis is an ancient city lies next to the sea.is an excellent place to visit if you like history and you can meet the ancient civilization of Greece and Greek Cypriots. Of course now is occupied under Turkey but is still open for turist with low price ticket.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

The ancient city of Salamis lies ruined next to the sea. It doesn't cost much to go in, and you can wander for hours - taking a stroll along a Roman colonnaded street, wandering in the Forum, sitting in the ancient theatre, admiring the baths - it's not busy so the imagination can run riot. There's a little snack bar on site. Watch out for snakes though - we saw an enormous black snake in the Temple of Zeus (perhaps it was the god himself in another guise). It's all only a taxi ride or a walk along the beach from the Salamis Conti hotel.

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