For the lovers of the Mediterranean the island of Cyprus is an absolute must. The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite is famed for its spectacular beaches, its breathtaking sceneries and the warmth of its people. It offers the visitor a large selection of unique activities that can fulfill almost any wish.
Colorful orange groves surround stunning ancient ruins, steep cliffs embrace idyllic coves with turquoise waters and shady pine covered mountains are brought to life with the sounds of the church bells. But apart from offering a serene environment for the visitor that needs to escape the fast rhythms of the busy world capitals, Cyprus is at the same time a cosmopolitan place. Its towns are filled with glamorous restaurants, trendy boutiques contemporary art galleries and artistic cafes which alternate with the narrow windy old streets that offer a flair of times past.
Lefkosia (Nicosia) is the island’s 10 century old capital. It is situated in the middle of the island and is a busy commercial and business center. Its old quarter is surrounded by a Venetian sandstone wall, a vivid remembrance of Nicosia’s turbulent, medieval history. Wandering around the narrow streets with the overhanging balconies and the beautiful pedestrianized precincts is an experience that should not be missed. St. John’s Cathedral with its magnificent frescoes,The Cyprus Museum which narrates Cyprus’s intriguing past and the Byzantine Museum are some of the highlights of the Cypriot capital.
The options do not end here! The town has a lot more to offer in terms of entertainment and places to visit as well as a unique countryside with beautiful serene villages where the visitor can be introduced to the ways of rural Cyprus, friendly monasteries and byzantine churches with unique frescoes that are include in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List and pine clad mountains with numerous well designated nature paths.
Come and enjoy Cyprus – the year round island!
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Located 150 m from Eleftheria Square
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Conveniently located in the center of Nicosia City
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The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia
The history of the city of Nicosia, from antiquity to the present era, unfolds in a complex of traditional buildings on Hippocrates Street no.15-17. The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia is located in the old city within the walls, not very far from Eleftheria Square.
Cyprus Archaelogical Museum
Situated in Lefkosia (Nicosia), this is the main archaeological Museum of Cyprus and traces the long history of civilization on the island from prehistoric times to the early Christian period. Extensive excavations throughout the island have enriched the collections of the museum considerably and brought Cypriot archaeology to the fore front of international archaeological research.
Stassicratous Street - The ultimate shopping experience
Lefkosia offers the best in shopping and Stassicratous Street is the place for the ultimate shopping experience. This small street, only about 500 metres long, is located in the city’s busy modern centre, parallel to its most commercial street, Makarios Avenue.
Famagusta Gate, the most significant of the gates of Venetian Lefkosia (Nicosia), opened onto the road that led to the most important harbour town of the island, hence its name.
The Monastery of Kykkos, the richest and most lavish of the monasteries of Cyprus, is found in the region of Marathasa. It is situated on a mountain peak, at an altitude of 1318 metres northwest of Troodos. Dedicated to Panagia, it possesses one of three icons attributed to Agios Loukas the Evangelist.