The beach town of Famagusta before 1974 buzzed with life, while the fishing villages of Protaras and Agia Napa further south along the coast were sleepy backwaters.

Nowadays it's the other way round. The once top notch beach hotels and apartment buildings lining the golden Famagusta coast today stand empty and deserted, and Famagusta a virtual ghost town as a result of the Turkish occupation of the island, while Agia Napa, with its fabulous sandy beaches and popular night clubs, and Protaras, with its hundreds of windmills, attract holidaymakers from all over the world.

Here visitors spend the day sunning themselves on the beach, swimming in the warm turquoise waters or taking a short cruise along the coast. Some of the best snorkeling and diving can be had off Cape Gkreko, the eastern peninsula national forest park, with its secluded coves and rocky platforms, impressive cliff top views and sea caves.

The Sea Museum, "Thalassa", in Agia Napa, has a replica of a 4th century BC trading ship which sank off the coast of Kyrenia. The original, together with its cargo of amphorae, is on display in the museum of Keryneia (Kyrenia) castle.

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