Get to know more about ghost city in Cyprus - Varosha. Learn about the history of its decline.
Varosha, Cyprus
Varosha, Cyprus
Another abandoned city is Varosha in the Turkish occupied city of Famagusta in Cyprus. Previously it was a modern tourist area, and flowered into one of the most luxurious holiday destinations. In 1974, the Turkish invaded Cyprus and tore up the island. The people fled, expecting to be able to return to their homes within days. The military wrapped it in barbed wire and now controls it completely. And they allow nobody to enter it to this day, aside from themselves and UN personnel, while the buildings are slowly falling apart. But there is at least one positive side, as rare sea turtles have started to nest on the deserted beaches.

Though Annan Plan had provided for the return of Varosha to Greek Cypriot control, after the rejection of the proposal by Greek Cypriot voters this hand-over to Greek-Cypriots has not materialized. And the Governments are working together to plan a complete revival of Varosha to its former beauty. At present, three concept hotel complexes have been designed by Laxia Inc. By 2010, the de facto “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” will apparently open Varosha to tourism once again.