PUBLISHED: 16:33, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:33, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
A former holiday spot on the eastern coast of Cyprus could be set to reopen after more than 50 years. The stunning resort of Varohsa, known as Kapali Maras in Turkish, could reopen in the future. The beach destination was abandoned in 1974 after Cyprus was split between Greece and Turkey.
After the invasion by Turkey, around 39,000 inhabitants were forced to leave the area.
The northern part of Cyprus is now run by a Turkish Cypriot government while the other two-thirds in the south are run by a Greek Cypriot government.
Currently, the region is filled with abandoned buildings which could be renovated to bring tourism to the area.
Northern Cyprus is only visited by Turkish tourists, as there are only direct flights from Turkey.
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Cyprus: Holiday spot that’s been closed for almost 50 years could reopen to tourists (Image: GETTY)
Cyprus holidays: The stunning resort of Varohsa, known as Kapali Maras in Turkish, could reopen (Image: GETTY)
Turkish Cypriot officials visited Varosha earlier this year in a move to revive the area.
Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the largely unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), has announced the plans and said it will be transformed.
He said: "Varosha is most definitely going to be