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Petrol in Varosha frozen at 50 pence, Famagusta Ghost Town

The price of petrol in 1974 was roughly  50 pence a gallon and this will have been the approximate price that this garage (photos below) now stood still and unused behind barbed wire in the fenced off region of Varosha, Famagusta, Cyprus would have last sold petrol!. Along with the disused and derelict petrol station we also managed to take some photographs of some vehicles which have stood still in time since the occupation in 1974.

A car journey to Varosha, Famagusta is well worth a visit, if you have hired your car in Cyprus then you will be allowed to take your hire vehicle across the many crossings that are now available.  However, you will have to purchase temporary insurance at the checkpoint as your insurance will not cover you in Northern Cyprus, this cost us about 20euros.  We crossed at Pergamos which is on the eastern side of the island near Ayia Napa and was very straight forward to find by hire car.  Please also make sure you take your passport as well as without you will not be allowed to enter Northern Cyprus.

The whole area is extremely eerie and it is so very sad to see such a beautiful part of the island fenced off and deteriorating so much.  You can clearly see the old roads and the houses and villas which were once so lovely stood crumbling with age and lack of upkeep.  The only sign of life is now the Orange trees which are still growing and producing fruit in the gardens.

Please note if you have hired a car in occupied Northern Cyprus however you are not permitted to take it into Cyprus!

Talks are still continuing now between the Cypriot and Turkish leaders in reaching a resolution.
Car Petrol Station
Car petrol pumps

Van left in 1974
Van 1974 Varosha famagusta

Famagusta van stood still in time
Mercedes car left in Varosha

Kellie Hodge
Posted: December 09, 2008 by Kellie Hodge 2 comments
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I've got loads of Cypriot friends, mainly local (South African) business people, and they really rave about their island. It is sad to see politics preventing areas like this from blossoming. Come on folks, lets beat the guns into plows!
3/4/2010 9:54:21 AM
Great photographs, that place looks really spooky. I will have to head up there and check it out myself. I just hope that there is no con going on with the insurance.
12/15/2008 2:25:11 PM