Famagusta Holidays –The perfect North Cyprus combination
This is the best something-for-everyone resort in Northern Cyprus. Superb sandy beaches offer a variety of holiday atmospheres and terrific opportunities for snorkelling and diving. To the north are the wild expanses of Golden Sands and the protected turtle beaches of the wild Karpas peninsula.
The walled medieval old town has fascinating street life and considerable cultural and historic interest. There are fascinating markets, old-style shops and atmospheric squares with traditional cafes. Old town tavernas serve authentic Greek and Turkish cuisine. Down on the bay you will find a lively restaurant and nightlife scene catering to a largely British crowd.
Excursions head for the pretty harbour resort of Kyrenia and the picturesque hill village of Bellapais. The stunning amphitheatre and roman baths of Salamis are right on your doorstep. Visitors of all ages will find plenty to enjoy in a resort with wide-ranging appeal. Famagusta is a superb introduction to a richly rewarding region often overlooked by British visitors to Cyprus.
When to go
The summer school holiday period sees the resort at its liveliest. Summer nights are gorgeously warm and everybody is outside. June to September has equally hot weather but you will find far more space on the beaches. For out and out relaxation choose late summer and autumn. Sunbathing weather continues into November.
Many Cyprus fans would recommend Famagusta holidays in spring. The surrounding countryside is at its best and resorts are free of summer crowds. Temperatures are better suited to walking and a more active holiday. Mild sunny weather also makes winter an attractive proposition.
The weather in Famagusta
If you like really hot beach holiday weather you will love Cyprus in the summer. Very few Famagusta holidays between June and September will see anything but non-stop sunshine. Summer averages are well into the 30’s but July and August may see temperatures heading for 40º. Romantically warm summer nights see temperatures around 20º.
Cyprus has an incredibly long beach holiday season, with sunbathing weather and warm sea temperatures continuing into November. Spring comes early, with temperatures in the 20’s by early April. Daytime temperatures in winter are around 15º. The best winter days see people dining outside and enjoying the beaches.
Getting the best deal
It’s best to book early for cheaper holidays and cheaper flights. An early search also ensures a much wider choice of accommodation options. We frequently offer savings for early bookers. Exceptional weather makes spring and autumn bargains a very attractive proposition. June and September should be cheaper than July and August.
Most hotels drop prices in winter and early spring to attract business. Cheap all-inclusive deals cut down on holiday expenses. Late deals offer savings for those with flexibility. Sign up for our email newsletter and take a look at our present best deals.
Airport and transport need to know
Package holidays to Famagusta usually fly to Larnaca airport (LCA), greatly improved after a 2009 refit. The airport has a wide choice of shops and bars. Flight time is 4-5 hours. Low-cost airlines offer flights to Cyprus all year-round. Departures from regional UK airports happen throughout the main beach holiday season.
Transfers to Famagusta take about an hour. A taxi should cost €60-70 (£49-57). Taxis are metered but agreeing a price will avoid misunderstandings. Private transfers can be booked online. Paphos Airport (PFO) is an alternative but involves a longer two hour transfer.
Driving is straightforward on the coast motorway. And they drive on the left like the UK! Famagusta is quite a compact resort. Taxis have fixed prices for visiting more distant sights. Clarify the price before setting off. Buses run from Famagusta to Nicosia and the popular resort of Kyrenia. A hire car is essential if you hope to visit mountain villages.
The best beaches near Famagusta
Beaches in Northern Cyprus offer the same fantastic variety you find in the south. The region offers everything from lively youth-oriented beaches to quiet family beaches and wild open spaces. Expect soft pale sand, beautifully warm water and superb conditions for snorkelling. The main resort-centre beaches have sunbeds, showers and quick access to restaurants and cafes.
Some stretches of resort beach are owned by the bigger resort hotels and charge a small fee. The rest are “public beaches”. The distinction is meaningless as you head north of Famagusta towards the immensely long stretches of golden sand and semi-deserted beaches of the Karpas peninsula.
Silver Beach has a relaxed family atmosphere and a wonderful setting next to the ancient site of Salamis. A superb sunbathing beach with fine soft sand. An added attraction is the calm off-shore lagoon where you can snorkel above the sunken harbour of Salamis. A beach bar provides refreshments but most visitors head for restaurants on the main Salamis road for lunch.
The Karpas peninsula has the best beaches in Northern Cyprus. You’ll need a car to really get the best from the region. Amazingly long stretches of golden sand have little or no development. This rugged coastline has several nesting areas for sea turtles. Highlights heading north include the glorious curve of Nangomi Beach and the aptly named Golden Sands, which stretch for nearly five miles. For a few facilities and a beach bar try Malibu Beach.
Glapsides Public Beach is the most famous in the region. Beautiful golden sand and shallow calm water are ideal for children. A great place to learn to snorkel. Sunbeds for hire and well-maintained facilities. One part is popular with couples and families while the other is lively with watersports, beach games and partying youngsters in the summer season. If DJ’s and beach parties are not your thing it’s still worth wandering along to the beach bar on summer nights for some entertaining people watching.