"Sykias" cave in Platani - Salamina - Famagusta

"Sykias" cave in Platani - Salamina - Famagusta

"Sykias" cave in Platani - Salamina - Famagusta
Completed Event
25 June 2023 / 07:30
20 euros / person

The Salonica View team organizes a trek to the "Sykias" Cave in Platani, the ancient city of Salamina and Famagusta.


A few words about our visit:

We will start from Nicosia and head towards the roadblock of Saint Dometios. We will pass by bus outside our occupied villages, Trachona, Madres Famagusta, Mia Milia, Neo village and Lefkoniko until we reach our first destination which is "Sykias" Cave in the village of Platani. Then we will continue to our next destination which is the city of Salamina. Finally we will continue our journey to reach our last destination which is Famagusta. From Famagusta we will take the main highway that leads to Nicosia and the free areas.


A few words about the "Sykias" Cave:

The cave is located South-East of the currently occupied village of Platani. It is perhaps the largest and perhaps the most impressive cave formed from gypsum rocks. This specific cave was created through karstification, that is, the dissolution of rocks by water. The name of the cave came from the existence of a fig tree at its entrance. Its length is around 200 meters and its width is 5-10 meters, while there are scattered small chambers. Inside the cave there are many traces of erosion and stalagmites and cauliflower-shaped structures can be seen. Access to it is easy as steps have been created.

A few words about Salamina:

Salamina was located on the east coast of Cyprus, at the mouth of the river Pedia, 6 km north of modern Famagusta. Salamina 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 Salamina and brother of Aiades, who arrived in Cyprus with other Greeks at the end of the Trojan war. The city took its name from Salamina 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 Salamina is (the place) in the middle of sea water.


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 Salamina. 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 literally means the city buried in the sand, from the 4th AD. century. And 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 the day of 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.


07:30 – Departure from Nicosia (Cypriot Handicrafts Center)

07:50 - Departure from Saint Dometio roadblock

09:30 - Arrival at the Cave

11:30 - Arrival in the ancient city of Salamina

13:00- Arrival in Famagusta

14:30 - Departure from Famagusta

16:00 - Probable time of arrival at the Saint Dometio Roadblock

16:45 - Probable time of arrival at the Cyprus Handicrafts Centre

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