Visiting Nicosia in Cyprus

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Nicosia is the centrally located capital of Cyprus and also the largest city on the island. It is also the world’s last divided capital between the Greek Cypriots in the south and the Turkish Cypriots in the north. The barbed wire and guardtowers of the Green Line cuts the town in two, with the northern side being the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the southern half being the capital of the Republic of Cyprus. Politics aside, Nicosia is a little short on both the archaeological treasure troves and beaches with pulsating nightlife that bring most visitors to Cyprus. But the Old City with its museums and churches is pleasant enough, and precisely due to the comparative lack of tourists, the city retains more of an authentically Cypriot air than the resorts of the southern coast. Fantastic little cafes invite you in for a Cypriot coffee, so just walk around and see the many woodworking shops that are deep within the City, and take a walk down to the Green Line. Being the financial and administrative centre of the island, it is by far the best place for shopaholics.

5 thoughts to “Visiting Nicosia in Cyprus”

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

  2. Enjoyed reading your blog. Just to say, it’s very easy to travel to Nicosia from key resorts on the coast. Such as Limassol, Protaras and Paphos. Motorways link all these major resorts so it’s handy enough to travel by bus or car. I can vouch for the shops too. Nearly every big brand shop can be found in Nicosia, even Ikea! So you won’t be disappointed.

    Stephen.
    Holidays in Cyprus

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