Excursion to the ancient city of Salamis

Excursion to the ancient city of Salamis

Excursion to the ancient city of Salamis
Completed Event
09 March 2024/ 08:00
9 hours
20 euros/ person

The Salonica View team organizes a trek to ancient Salamis and Apostle Barnabas.


A few words about our trek:

Our trek will start from Nicosia and we will head towards the roadblock of Pyla. We will pass through our occupied villages until we reach Apostle Barnabas. Then, we will continue our route and reach the city of Salamis. We will walk through the ancient city and have time to discover the realm of the ancient civilization in Cyprus. Finally, we will continue our journey to reach our last destination which is Famagusta where we will have free time to see the city. From Famagusta, we will take the road that leads to the free areas.


A few words about the Monastery of the Apostle Barnabas:

The ancient monastery of Apostle Barnabas is located approximately 3 km west of the ancient city of Salamis. It was built at the end of the 5th century by the archbishop Anthemios with grants from the emperor Zeno and other rich people of the time. The occasion for the construction of the monastery was the finding, close to the monastery, of the tomb of the Apostle Barnabas. In fact, according to tradition, the Apostle Barnabas had appeared three times in the sleep of Archbishop Anthemios, indicating his burial place. The Apostle Barnabas was buried with a gospel on his chest. The original form of the church of the Apostle Barnabas was a three-aisled basilica with a wooden roof. A little later, the monks' cells were built around the church, while the remains of the Apostle were moved to a specially designed space inside the church.


A few words about Salamis:

Salamis was located on the east coast of Cyprus, at the mouth of the river Pedia, 6 km north of modern Famagusta. Salamis was the capital of Cyprus for about a thousand years and according to the archaeological findings it was founded by Teucros, son of Telamon, king of the island of Salamis and brother of Aedes, who arrived in Cyprus with other Greeks at the end of the Trojan war. The city took its name from Salamis in Attica. In modern linguistics, the name "Salamis" is thought to come from the root sal- (salt; i.e. salt water) and -amis (i.e. in the middle), thus Salamis is (the place) in the middle of seawater.


A few words about Famagusta:

Famagusta is located in the eastern part of Cyprus, in the bay that bears its name. Ancient Famagusta was called Salamis. It was later renamed Arsinoe and Constantia. Its Greek Cypriot inhabitants were expelled in 1974 by the Turkish army and today live in the towns and villages of free Cyprus. It is referred to by this name (Ammochostos) which means the city buried in the sand, from the 4th AD. century. Indeed, Famagusta was a world-famous tourist resort, between 1960 and 1974, because of its golden sandy beach. The city of Famagusta before the Turkish invasion had about 40,000 inhabitants and was the third largest city on the island. Until August 14, 1974, the port of Famagusta was the main port of Cyprus and tourism was the sector in which the city stood out. It is indicative that of the approximately 100 hotels that were operating on the entire island at the time, 45 were in Famagusta.


Cost of participation (per person):

20 euros/person

*** Payment will be made on the bus (Ignore the automatic payment message you will receive).


The price includes:

  1. Escort and organization
  2. Transportation by bus

You must have with you:

  1. ID card
  2. Personal items
  3. Snack
  4. Water

Note 1. When you click to book, state in the message where you will take the bus from.

Note 2. For the best functioning of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.

Note 3. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if again the weather conditions do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently canceled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, the money is not returned.

Note 4. Photographic material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos otherwise, as you inform us.


The excursion schedule in detail:

08:00 - Departure from Nicosia (handicraft center)

08:30 – Departure from Pascal Larnaca (Rizoelia roundabout)

08:30 - Departure from Pyla

09:30 - Stop at Apostle Barnabas

10:00 - Departure from Apostle Barnabas

10:15 - Arrival in the ancient city of Salamis

12:15 - Departure from the ancient city of Salamis

12:45 - Arrival in Famagusta and free time

14:30 - Departure from Famagusta and return to Nicosia

16:15 - Pascal Larnaca probable arrival time

17:00 - Estimated time of arrival in Nicosia


*** ATTENTION: the return time may vary depending on the group.

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