10 Dec 2023
The ruins of Salamis, situated just north of Famagusta proper, offer an awe-inspiring glimpse into the island's ancient heritage. As you wander through the expansive site, you come face to face with the grandeur of a city that once stood as a significant maritime and commercial centre. The remnants of the Roman era are particularly striking with imposing structures such as the gymnasium, the theatre, and the baths which, remarkably, still display intricately designed mosaic floors and towering marble columns.
Ruins of ancient Salamis © Dimitris Vetsikas, Pixabay
Nestled amidst lush greenery, the ruins of Salamis are a testament to the city's prosperous past and the architectural prowess of the ancient Greeks. As well as the mesmerising physical structures, the site also tells a tale of mythology, being associated with Teucer, son of Telamon, who could not return home after the Trojan war and was believed to have founded Salamis. Whether you're an avid historian, a lover of architecture, or simply a curious traveller, Salamis offers a journey back in time, evoking a sense of reverence for the vibrant culture and rich history that has shaped modern Cyprus.

Visiting Salamis is of course a must whilst you're in Famagusta. The site is open daily from 8.30am until 5pm, and welcomes visitors year-round, with peak visitor numbers during the spring and autumn months when the Cypriot climate is most pleasant. There is a modest entrance fee, which contributes to the preservation and maintenance of the historical site.

As you traverse the vast grounds, comfortable footwear is recommended due to the terrain, and don't forget to bring along sun protection in the hotter months. Moreover, guided tours are available for those wishing to gain deeper insights into the historical significance of the structures and artifacts.


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