Visit Nicosia: bucket list for tourists

Nicosia, CyprusVisit Nicosia. Photo by Datingjungle on Unsplash

Nicosia Visitor Guide

With its urban vibe and busy rhythm, the capital of Cyprus is less touristy than other cities and destinations. Still, it is definitely worth your attention as an indefeasible part of Cyprus history. Divided into two parts (Lefkosia, belonging to the Republic of Cyprus) and North Nicosia (the capital of the UN-unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), the city offers the most remarkable contrast of cultures and architecture you will admire during your stay.

Things not to miss in Nicosia

  • Find Nicosia’s Green Line (the UN buffer zone) extending across the capital, splitting the island into two.
  • Shop unique handmade souvenirs in the pedestrian neighborhood of Laiki Geitonia.
  • Go shopping in Ledra Street with boutiques and large and small shops on both sides.
  • Learn the history of Cyprus and discover the Cypriot art in the Nicosia Folk Art Museum, located in the old episcopal palace.
  • Visit the Selimiye Mosque, the most impressive building, representing a former Gothic St. Sophia’s Cathedral converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest.

Eat like a local in Nicosia

  • Enjoy morning coffee with a bite of traditional pastries in To Apomero, translated as “secluded.”
  • Have traditional dining in Siantris or Matthaios, located in the Old Town.
  • Taste Czech beer in the heart of Cyprus by visiting Pivo brewpub with four beer varieties.
  • Find the flavors and tastes of traditional cuisine in Zanettos Taverna with a beautiful panoramic view from the terrace.
  • Discover the versatility of Greek cuisine in the Piatsa Gourounaki restaurant, popular with its grilled meat skewers.
  • Spend evenings in Limoncello Deli-Bar serving the best in the town piadina (Greek-style pizza).

Where to stay in Nicosia

  • 5-star MAP Boutique Hotel is your first and top choice if you are looking for exceptionally luxurious accommodation.
  • Located in the city center, 4-star Altius Boutique Hotel offers excellent views, comfort, and privacy.
  • Simple yet modern, 3-star Asty Hotel can be your choice for affordable accommodation.
  • The comfortable and clean shared dorms of a modern Urban Habitat hostel are great if you are a budget traveler.
  • Take a trip to Paphos from Nicosia to explore the stunning sea views and stay in The Ivi Mare – Designed for Adults 5-star hotel.

Nicosia hotels map and room prices

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