Turquoise House is a traditional Cypriot-style courtyard house in a quiet neighborhood of Famagusta's Walled City. With sea breezes and starry nights, the rooms, porch, courtyard, and roof deck of the house provide plenty of space for relaxing after a day of touring. Visitors have access within walking distance to the historic wall-top for strolls and views, the Mediterranean seashore for fishing/ swimming/ sunbathing, and all the local restaurants and shops of both the old city and the new. Turquoise House is ideally located for parents visiting EMU students, history buffs, beachgoers, and island explorers.
Turquoise House is 120 years-old and is knit tightly into the fabric of the neighborhood. The walls are thick masonry, the floors are tile, and the spaces are bright and airy. The porch is perfect for people watching and sunsets. The porch, roof-deck, and courtyard provide plenty of common space for relaxing and dining.
Two bedrooms in our guest quarters provide sleeping space for up to three adults. The rooms are a comfortable retreat for family or friends looking to explore Famagusta or even set up a base for venturing further afield on the island. The Master Guest Room provides a queen-size bed, has windows on opposite walls for cross-ventilation, and a ceiling fan. The room also provides comfortable seating, small tables, a large mirror, and storage for clothing. The Minor Guest Room provides a twin-size bed. It is a pass-through room to the Master Guest Room and has two windows on opposite walls and a pedestal fan for cross-ventilation. A comfortable chair, small table, and storage for clothing are also provided.
Guests share the kitchen, the bathroom, and open-air spaces with the hosts. The kitchen and its equipment are available for shared use so long as guests clean up after themselves. The WiFi and laundry facilities are also available to all.
Private rooms of the hosts' home are off-limits to guests, but we are frequently home and available to accommodate guests' needs. We are happy to provide local information as much as possible.
Wifi: Continuous access
Kitchen and Dining: Space where guests can cook their own meals, cooking basics, pots and pans, oil, salt and pepper, dishes and silverware, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, oven, stove-top, toaster
Bed and Bath: Hangers, bed linens, pillows, lock on bedroom door, lock on bathroom door, towels, soap, shampoo, and toilet paper
Laundry: Washer, iron, ironing board, clothes-drying lines and rack
Heating and Ventilation: Space heater, ceiling fan, pedestal fan
Water: Drinking water is bottled and provided, utility water is stored in roof-top tanks, heated by solar panels, and gravity-fed to faucets and shower
Free street parking and parking in lot across the street
Front patio and roof deck
Benches, tables and lounge chairs for use in these spaces.
Beach extras: Beach towels, umbrella, beach mat
GUEST ACCESS AND LOGISTICS
Host greets guests at a coordinated arrival time.
Check-in time is between 3PM and 10PM. Special accommodations may be requested in advance.
Guests are provided keys to the house for use during their stay.
Luggage drop-off is allowed for guests' convenience when they have early arrival.
Safety Features: First aid kit, emergency contact sheet
THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND HISTORY
Our house, Turquoise House, is located in the ancient walled city of Famagusta. Our house was the head house of a parcel which was farmed in old times by the relatives of our neighbors and friends. Over time, the farm was divided among children, generation after generation, until the parcel was completely occupied except for small courts and gardens. Walking down the adjacent alley reveals the eras of home construction.
On the other side of Turquoise House is the parish home of the priest who once served the Nestorian Church (just across the street). By narrow streets and easy strolls, guests will wind their way to several other nearby marvels without ever having to leave the Walled City.
Famous on the island for substantial preservation of its walls, gates, ravelins, and moat, visitors to Famagusta and Turquoise House will find it is an easy stroll to these sights as well as to numerous churches, restored homes, archaeological ruins, the port, the harbor, the beach, shopping districts, and great restaurants.
GETTING AROUND FAMAGUSTA AND THE ISLAND
Taxi rides are affordable and easy to come by. Taxi stands are scattered throughout the city and en route taxi drivers readily stop when flagged. You should ask for the meter to be reset but the cost to travel just about anywhere in Famagusta shouldn't be more than 25tl. Short rides outside the walls may be only 5-10tl but those leaving or entering the walled city usually start at 10tl because of the limited routing through the three main gates of the wall.
There are some buses that run on regular schedules. These are not, strictly speaking, public buses, rather they are provided for students and staff of Eastern Mediterranean University free of charge. That said, I have observed tourists and locals taking advantage of this service. Be forewarned that the driver will speak very limited English, the stops are not well marked, and during rush hours the buses will be packed and even skip stops for express service to the campus.
Bike rentals are available but bicycle infrastructure, even lane markings and traffic rules, are rare. We recommend using all available safety equipment (reflective gear, helmets, lights, and bells) and being prepared for drivers to largely ignore your presence.
For intercity and inter-village service, there are dolmuş. These are small buses and vans marked with the names of the departure and arrival cities. Prices vary.
Otherwise, Famagusta is home to several car rental/hire companies. As well, car rental/hire can be secured from Ercan Airport. Please note that cars rented in the north may not be driven across the green line to south. Crossing from the south to the north in a rental car is permitted but additional insurance must be purchased at the border crossing.