Nicosia Travel Guide

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Nicosia Things to Do

  • Green line

    Nicosia is the only divided city in Europe after the invasion of the Turks in 1974. The ‘green line’ is the United Nations buffer zone and divides the north part where Turks live with the south. The crossing over the green line is nonstop mostly from tourists. Even Cypriots have to present their passports to cross this line something that I found...

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  • Churches

    This largest and surviving Gothic style church in Cyprus, that took about 150 years to be built, was officially inaugurated in 1326. After the occupation of Nicosia by the Ottomans in 1570, it was converted into a mosque.

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  • Mosques

    The Selimiye Mosque is an architectural masterpiece with a mixture of its old Christian roots and now an Islamic belonging. This used to be a Cathedral, that got turned into a mosque in 1570s. It's one of the best preserved buildings, as it still serves Muslim prayers actively. The building is noted as being the largest and the finest temple,...

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  • Buyuk Han

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This structure used to serve as an inn for locals or a resting location for caravans years back. It was built in 1570 by Ottomans. It is a splendid example of fine medieval Ottoman craftsmanship and architecture at its very best. I can admit that its atmosphere carried me. Although it is set up for tourists it is done tastefully and it is a nice...

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  • Venetian Walls

    The capital city is surrounded by sturdy 16th century stone walls built by the Venetians to replace the inadequate medieval walls they inherited. Despite being considered a great example of military defences of the era, they proved to be practically useless: The Ottomans overran the city before the construction could be completed.

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  • Belediye Pazari

    The Belediye Pazari is the covered municipal market of North Nicosia. it is also known as "Bandabulya". This market was the main marketplace of the city during the Ottoman period; today it is still a lively and untouristy market, where you can buy mostly meat and vegetables. The apples we bought were very delicious and... massive. The market is...

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Nicosia Hotels

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  • Asty Hotel

    The rooms are somewhat comfortable but some of the staff were not nice to my wife and I. We had not...

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  • Classic Hotel

    I stayed at the Classic hotel twice several years back before renovations. The hotel is in the...

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  • Cyprus Hilton

    I spent 3 memorable nights at the Hilton a couple of weeks ago. There was no way that I would get to...

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Nicosia Restaurants

  • Usak restaurant

    This is a kind of traditional restaurant I like to get in to meet both local food and people. I didn't come here to have a lunch, but just to drink something. Unfortunalety they had no sütlaç, one of my favourite Turkish sweets.I have found here a good ambience and service. They have a limited menu, but the food had a good looking.I spent here...

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  • For an ideal breakfast

    I have found this café open early in the morning and I have found it a good place to have my breakfast. In fact they are open 24 hours.They have a good selection of sweets and drinks, but you shoudn't miss the fresh chocolate croissant. A coffee costs you 1.5 EUR.The ambience and service are quite good. They have some chairs outside.

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  • Tempting and Yummy!

    BUFFET LUNCH/DINNER OPTIONS: There is such a variety of everything that you cannot try it all. Quality is excellent, the service top, and tastes are yummy. If in the meantime you really love to eat, don’t bother get to a restaurant outside the Hilton because with much less you will realize that you are in a paradise of gastronomic bliss -the choice...

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Nicosia Nightlife

  • Relaxing night's

    Ok Tony and Nicolas cafe is in Nicosia Laiki Yitonia. Its a small corner place specialy design with Egyptian stile and its a place young peoble adore.It offers open air tables or inside - The best nargile on the island and drings.Go along - or with partner - or friends and youll feel nice and sweet and easy - relax.Tony and nicolas cafe its a part...

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  • Nicosia night's - the best!

    Blinckers Nicosia, is probably the place that is always foul of peoble so its always best to go a little earlier. It opens at 8pm - and starts the night by oferring drings or food. By 11pm it turns to a clup - loud music - evrybody dancing non stop - fun- fun -fun. Dress acordingly and enter blingers for a nigh youll always remember!!!The moto is...

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  • walk around town...

    Walk the streets of south nicosia at night, they are much more pleasant than during the day. The most impressive buildings and lit up and become a beautiful sight to behold. This southern part of Nicosia may look like a duckling during the day, but it becomes a swan at night. One interesting part to walk is the Laiki Ytonia area, with its many and...

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Nicosia Transportation

  • Bus between Nicosia and Larnaka

    Intercity buses link Nicosia to Larnaca and other cities in South Cyprus. The trip takes about 60 minutes and costs 4.0 EUR.Buses depart from Nicosia Solomos Squares and arrive at Larnaca Central Station (Finikoudes).

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  • The Intrcity Green Buses

    Find all the information you might need through the thread I give below.There is daily bus service, even during the weekends as from summer 2010, the company is very reliable, and the buses depart exactly on the time mentioned.Routes for all the main cities: Larnca, Limassol, Nicosia, PaphosAgia Napa and Paralimni and Protaras.

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  • From the Nicosia to Turkey

    In Nicosia you can walk accross at Ledra Street, there is no public transport (public transport in the south is, particular on the weekend, not good) between north and south. With a EU passport there should be no problem crossing.Nikosia to Girne by Dolmus.Hydrofoil and Ferries from Girne to Tasucu every day, to Alanya only in summer.If you need a...

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Nicosia Shopping

  • Shopping the best for less !!!!

    Qualidy products - less money....This shop has hygeen products. Toilet rolls,shampoos, liquit soap, baby wipes, general cleaners, londry powder and many more stuff of hygeen. ts good quality best economical packages and good prices.I love their toilet rolls, lots of colours - love the pink and yellow one. i like their hair balsam and... well...

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  • Pedestrian area

    Many shops in Cyprus sell gifts to attract the tourists. lefkera lace and other embroidered products are popular. Silver and jewellery are also available. Souvenirs like models of icons, shoes, bags are other gifts. The lefkera lace about 200 Cy pounds for a large table cloth

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  • The Institution of Makarios Avenue

    Makarios Avenue is the main shopping street in Nicosia, There are many cafes where people seat around a frape or other drink and watch other people go by and a lot of posing. I personally don't like going there and try to avoid it. If I really have to go I entertain myself by trying to sopt the biggest fashion victim...

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Nicosia Local Customs

  • Crossing the border

    This border is the oddest border I have come acrossLooksinothing like an international border at all, but remember Nicosia is the last divided city in the worldTo cross you need you passport. At the border you fill in a small slip of paper with your details, both side stamp the paper and you are through, same on the way back.Thats all there is to...

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  • A tribute to the Basketman

    Well, after about 10 years to easyoar’s trip to Bandabulya, we are here trying to get an update on the current look of the basketman.As we were wandering around, we first realised that the basket stall has been moved to the front of the market. We also found out that there is now a lady running this stall. She was kind enough to let us get this...

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  • Making Corek/Tsoureki (traditional...

    I put some pictures to show you how Cypriots cook corek (large Cypriot bread/bun). Mostly people living in villages have a special clay oven where they can cook such traditional breads and other pastries, including traditional dishes, such as Firin kebabi in Greek Kleftikos.Corek/ Tsoureki is usually shaped in rectangular or round.The ones look...

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Nicosia Warnings and Dangers

  • Very Safe

    Both sides of the wall felt very safe. It's a small city, but the locals make it feel even smaller. On the Greek side I was forced, against my will, to enjoy ouzo and a barbecue with Cypriot soldiers and civilians. On the Turkish side I witnessed a small child rescued by unknown older children as he tried to cross a dangerous highway. They walked...

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  • Greek Cypriot "Customs"

    If you visit the Northern part of Nicosia when you enter you'll see a large sign saying its allowed to buy up to 250 euro of goods ... no mention of cigarettes, alcohol or meats not being allowed. We bought 2 cartons of cigarettes and upon return were stopped by a "customs" official who confinscated 16 of the 20 packets!!! ... We asked where it was...

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  • taking photos

    When looking towards the turkish side(through the U.N zone)it is prohibited to take photos of the border crossings and could result in your arrest. The zone is situated at the top end of Ledra st.

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Nicosia Tourist Traps

  • Confiscated goods

    Visitors who cross the green line should have in mind that if they buy jewelry or fake goods and try to pass them to the other side as they are in the bag, they will have them confiscated.For this reason I suggest that you wear it instead to avoid unpleasant surprises!

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  • Nicosia Crossing

    I was staying on the Greek side of Cyprus and decided to cross over to visit the Turkish side. This in itself was very easy to do and having a European passport I had no trouble. Once in the Northern side I felt really good and managed to buy lots of things from the shops and the stalls. The problem was on the return to the Greek side I got stopped...

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  • The Green Line Display - Ledra Street

    At the end of Ledra Street is the start of the green line, there is a big display about the invasion and some wholes in the wall to pick at the other side. Many tourists go there to take photos. Use your own judgement and take everything with a pinch of salt...The alternative is to read, talk to people and visit both sides of the town to get the...

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Nicosia Off The Beaten Path

  • Folk Art Museum

    The building itself is originally 15th century gothic with latter additions and it used to be a Monastery.It was originally used as a monastery for the Latin Order of Benedictines and was taken over by the Greek Orthodox Church sometime before the Ottoman occupation in 1571. It went on to become the Archibishop’s Palace prior to the building of the...

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  • IPH

    IPH is a food distributer for Mc Donalds on Cyprus.

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  • Kumarcilar Han

    After experiencing the wonderful Buyuk Han, it's a real pity that this one has not yet been restored (although I entirely understand that money is not available to do so).The Kumarcilar Han dates from the 1600s, with arcades surrounding a courtyard, guest rooms on the upper level and stabling, shops and refreshments on the lower.A pity I could not...

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Nicosia Sports & Outdoors

  • The Cyprus Cycling Foundation

    Cyprus is a natural mountain-biking place offering opportunities for exciting mountain biking in different tracks, and I believe it is a paradise for sport’s fans.The excellent weather condition makes this possible throughout the year.Facilities for renting bicycles are available in all towns and seaside resorts. Traffic in Cyprus moves on the LEFT...

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  • Football match

    If it happens and your in Lefkosia and a big football match is on then go, it's fun and there is agreat atmosphere, especially at championsleague matches. Also at GSP stadium but the football ground this time

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  • ATHLETICS

    GSP stadium in Lefkosia has an olympic standard athletics truck. It is open 12 months, 12 hrs a everyday. There are trainers, coaches, doctors and physiotherapist. more info. at www.gsp.org.cy

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Nicosia Favorites

  • Cats

    There were stray cats everywhere in Nicosia. They walked the medieval walls, they shaded under cars, and they revelled in the freedom of No Man's Land. Turkish Cats, Greek Cats, they all looked the same. They moved from one side to the other with impunity

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  • Crossing the border. Nicosia.

    Walking across the border, the south dont bother much, in or out. The north ( if you EU ) require a little form with name , passport number, and nationality, in or out.In the picture the red box is the south office, the dirty blue sheeting is covering the derelict no mans lane buildings, The little roundabout with the decorative poles has nothing...

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  • south nicosia

    South Nicosia is the greek part of the capital - rich, modern - but not very much vibrant - especially in the day. At night it is lively and busy, so it is a little more charming. It also offers more restaurant opportunities than in the northern part. Sights are not as impressive as in the northern part, desite some nice greek ortodox churches. I...

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