Famagusta is located near the capital city of Nicosia. A seaport, Famagusta is a centre for the export of citrus fruits and other agricultural products and livestock. Other major economic activities include cotton spinning, the distillation of brandy, and fishing.
Near the town are the ruins of the ancient city of Salamis, destroyed in AD647. Famagusta was a haven for Christian refugees in 1291 after the fall of Acre to the Ottoman Turks. The Genoese seized the town in 1376 and controlled it until 1464, when it became a part of the kingdom of Cyprus. In 1489 Famagusta passed into the hands of the Venetians, under whose control it became a rich and flourishing seaport with 30,000 inhabitants. In 1571, after a long siege, it fell to the Turks. Over a period of several decades it began to diminish in importance, and in 1735 an earthquake brought about its ruin. The town came under British administration in 1878. Its harbour, once choked with silt, has been dredged. During the Cypriot fighting in 1974, the town was occupied by Turkish forces, displacing its residents.
Ayia Napa (Agia Napa) was once a small fishing village in the south-eastern corner of Cyprus but it is now a hotspot for holiday-makerslooking fora lively vacation. Over250,000 clubbers swarm into this party capital each summer and the phenomenal atmosphere in its scores of bars and nightclubs is nothing short of explosive.
Ayia Napa HarbourLocated in the centre of the market garden area of the island, Ayia Napa alsoboastsa string of superb golden sandy beaches andvestiges of its cultural heritage. It boasts a Venetian decorated monastery fronted by a 600-year-old sycamore tree and a quaint harbour filled with colourful fishing boats.
The area around the monastery of Agia Napa was not inhabited until 1790 when, according to local tradition, a group of people arrived from Thessaloniki who left their homeland fleeing an outbreak of cholera (the Plague). Finally, only two of them survived the deadly disease, a man by the name of Nicholaos Kemitzis and his son. Later the son married a Cypriot girl from a small village called Panayia. The young couple did not settle in Panayia because of a bitter conflict between the inhabitants of Panayia and Turkish authorities of Famagusta concerning the supply of water. Instead, they sought to establish a safer home outside the monastery, thus beginning the village, which was to be named "Agia Napa" after the shrine.
The popular holiday resorts of Agia Napa and Paralimni have been called a veritable paradise for anyone who loves the sea and water sports.The charming scenery includes the tiny fishing harbour of Agia Napa, the mediaeval monastery at the heart of the village and the windmills and small churces in the surrounding villages wich spread around the areas of Paralimni and Protaras.
Protaras is just a few miles away from Ayia Napa and is more restrained and is more suited to family life. This resort also has excellent beaches, the most famous being Fig Tree Bay.Other popular beaches include Nissi Beach and Nissi Bay, two miles (three km) west of Ayia Napa; Cape Greco to the east, where the challenge is to leap from the rocks into the sea; and Konnos Bay, just past Cape Greco.
Windmills, small churches and cyclists are familiar sights in the areas of Protaras and Paralimni. Here you can find out-of-the-way tavernas serving local specialties. The pretty fishing shelter of Potamos is a good place to rest. The village of Frenaros boasts three small Byzantine churches.
Where the old and the new meet in harmony, Paralimni has the advantage of a traditional village and the conveniences of a contemporary town. The sea is within walking distance making this an extremely popular placeto set up home. Permanent residences, retirement homes, buy-to-let properties, villas, townhouses and apartments abound in the area, many of which are excellent investment opportunities.
Liopetri is a picturesque village situated in an area that is well known for its basket making. It is a quiet, traditional village, slow paced and care free. It is ideal for those seeking the quiet life, a retirement home orlaid back holiday hide-away. Liopetri has a 16th century church built in dedication to the Virgin Mary.
Vrysoulles has become very popular for people moving to Cyprus permanentlydue to the relaxed atmosphere, friendly people and the stress free environment. This is an ideal location for a high quality villa purchase.
The church of Ayia Thekla is one of the oldest spots in the area which is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. There is also a small sandy beach looking out to the clear blue Mediterranean sea. Ayia Thekla is perfect for those who seek the privacy and seclusion for their home. High quality villa purchases are recommended here.
The village of Ormidia is ideally located for those wishing to relax while benefiting from the nightlife in Ayia Napa, which is located 20 minutes away by car.