Varosha Ghost beach resortVarosha Ghost beach resort

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A strange ghost beach resort in Cyprus...

My experience, Explo description: 

Decades ago, Varosha (Famagusta) on the island of Cyprus was the top resort destination in the eastern Mediterranean. In 1974, the Turkish intervention in Cyprus brought the area under Turkish control, where it remains off limits to Greek Cypriots.

Usually, after the invasion, hundreds of thousands of people on both sides were forced out of their homes, leaving a legacy of resentment and mutual recrimination. But the numerous other Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot villages that were abandoned were resettled or occupied. Varosha is an anomaly, kept like a petrified urban museum, enclosed, boarded up and frozen in time.

In the past, Varosha welcomed stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot.

While the seaside resort buildings remain mostly intact, the streets and beaches of Varosha remain empty.

Urban planners say it would take up to 10 years, and about $12 billion, to restore Varosha.

My personal recommendations: 

Today Varosha is no more than an empty ghost town. It lies in a UN zone between the Republic of Cyprus and the occupied areas, and is presently occupied by the Turkish Army. Access is hard. But you can get pretty close.

How getting there: 

I did fly from UK to Cyprus during summer 2011. So if you look for cheap flights to Cyprus, I did book via And then I rented a car in Nicosia.

Hope this helps.

A tip to eat: 

As you might guess, there is no restaurant around...

A tip to sleep: 

In the Grek side of the island.

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Entry fees: 


Access security: 

Beware, access is forbidden and guarded by Turkish soldiers.