historic city of Ammochostos (Famagusta) on the east coast is under
the occupation of the Turkish Army since August 15, 1974. About
38.800 Greek Cypriot inhabitants were forced to flee their city
and take refuge in the rest of free Cyprus. Today, besides the Turkish Cypriot inhabitants of the old city quarters, Turkish Cypriots from
the government-controlled area of Cyprus and Turkish settlers from
Turkey reside in the city. A large portion of the modern city -
Varosha - has been left a ghost town by the occupation authorities.
the same area, but in the government controlled part lies the most
popular tourist resort of the island - Ayia Napa. The golden sandy
beaches of the Ayia Napa district gently embrace the eastern corner
of the island.
popular holiday resorts of Ayia Napa and Paralimni have been called
an absolute paradise for anyone who loves the sea and water sports.
The charming scenery includes the tiny fishing harbor at the heart
of the village and the windmills and small churches in the surrounding
villages, which spread out to the area of Paralimni and Protaras.
Napa, once a small fishing village, boasts a superb Venetian decorated
monastery with central octagonal fountain. It lends character and
substance to a village that's better known to holidaymakers for
its colorful shops, tavernas, discos and bars. A small Marine Life
Museum presents exhibits of past and present marine fauna. The focal
point of the resort is the small harbor, where the tavernas specialize
in fresh fish harvested by the vibrant fishing vessels.
charming medieval monastery dedicate to 'Our Lady of the Forests'
stands in the middle of the village surrounded by a big wall. Its
16th century church is partly underground and cut into the rock.
The ancient sycamore in front of the south gate is believed to be
over 600 year old.