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"Go to Famagusta, to the Palm..." Cyprus Favorite Tip by vickystowe

Cyprus General: 158 reviews and 182 photos

Favorite thing: Go to Famagusta, to the Palm Hotel, and look up the beach at the deserted hotel blocks. Rumour has it that the evacuation was so quick (1975?) that there is still food on the tables. War damage can be seen, torn curtains flap at empty windows and trees and plant life are gradually reclaiming the place. Also a visit to the Green Line in Nicosia is worth while, and it is a green line now! Plant life rules! Please let us all work to end ethnic and religious hatreds before we distroy ourselves and this beautiful planet.

Fondest memory: That climb to St Hilarion Castle! The guide said it was 450 steps straight up - but he didn't mention the 450 other, slightly winding ones, before the straight up bit!!! Oh but the views from the top!!!! On the way down it was our turn to laugh at those struggling up, and to tease them that they were nearly there! After that we went to castle in Kyrenia, a more recent, flat, place which looked a little like the set from Beau Jeste. Inside we were reduced to hysterics by the earnest exhibition of 'soldiers' of the various occupying forces, complete with their Knitted Armour. I'm not joking, it was knitted in a sort of blue tweedy wool!

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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