Notable Street Art Pieces in Nicosia That You Should See

Cyprus is a country that appreciates art and culture, so it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of history museums and art galleries throughout the region. Of all the cities in Cyprus, Nicosia is by far the oldest and the most storied, making it the prime location for tourists who love taking a plunge into the past. It has been through numerous changes in the government regime and gone through significant political turmoil, but despite all of that, the art scene in the city is still alive and well. In this article, we’ll take you around this historic city so that you can see the combination of old and new art. With that said, let’s get to it.

The Depiction of the Beautiful Dilemma of Nicosia

 

Artist: Paparazzi

As you take a stroll down Stasinou Street towards the Old Town, you will see a number of large art pieces clamouring to capture your attention. The white buildings in the surrounding area provide a perfect backdrop for these art pieces to shine through. The artist “Paparazzi” has left many unique pieces around the city, but the ones in the Old Town are definitely the most notable. They encapsulate the nature of life in the Old Town area, as the duality between chaos and order is something that you will find everywhere in Nicosia. The vibrant, yet slow lifestyle, the hectic but beautiful cityscape, and the loud but welcoming nature of the Cypriots can be seen in these pieces. Chances are that you will fall even more in love with this city as soon as you step foot into this area of town.

 

The Faces of Downtown Nicosia

Artist: Unknown

There are many street art pieces in the downtown area of Nicosia. Some of them tell a complex story about the struggles of the people, some describe the life in the city, and others are just as light-hearted and jolly pieces without any deeper meaning. If you’re looking to see the best of these pieces, the alley between Aishilou and Trikoipi Streets is the best place to be.

 

The Social Symbolism Piece

Artist: SYD

Over the past few years, the street art scene in Nicosia has become so prominent that the Cypriots have decided to make an open-air gallery for young artists to show off their skills. One of the most well-known and talented artists in the street art world of Nicosia is SYD, who has quite a number of artworks displayed in the Old Town area. One of the most memorable pieces is “Break Down the Wall,” which can be found at Vasiliou Voulgaroktonou Street, right of the Green Line. If you want to see the illustration of the social struggles of people of Nicosia, this is the best depiction of it.

 

The Lady of Nex Hotel

Artist: Astraki

Another famous piece in the open-air gallery of Nicosia is the piece found in the building between the Trikoupi and Areos Streets. Astraki is one of the few female artists in Nicosia, but it’s fair to say that she has made quite a name for herself. The blue and white depiction of a female form is definitely the one that you can definitely appreciate, whether or not you’re an avid follower of the fine arts.

 

The One Near Craftsworker Area

Artist: Twenty Three

If you’re looking to see a piece of street art that will help you understand the story behind the city of Nicosia, look no further than the one by the artist Twenty Three in the Craftworkers area. It’s located near the local bar in a small alleyway, connected to Ermou Street. When you’re strolling pass this tiny road, you may come into contact with many of the friendly local craftsmen who you can talk to and learn more about their life in the city.

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5 Must-Visit Local Festivals in Cyprus During the Summer

If you have been thinking about visiting Cyprus, then you should really consider going there during the summer. Why? Aside from the warm weather and flowers in bloom, it’s also the festival season that you don’t want to miss out on! Although there are festivals throughout the year, the most exciting ones take place in the summer. Here are some local festivals that you can experience in Cyprus:

The Kataklysmos Festival / The Flood Festival (May)

Kataklysmos means flood as a reference to the story of Noah’s flood in the Bible. There are many water-based activities that you can enjoy at the festival, including water fights! Lanarca Kataklysmos Festival takes place in seaside towns during the long weekend at the start of summer. Although this festival is the most popular festivals among locals, tourists can also immerse themselves in the local culture by attending as well. They can experience the Cypriot tradition through local dances, folklore music, and authentic Cypriot craftwork.


Traditional Arts & Food Festival Korakou (June)

The Traditional Arts & Food Festival takes place in the village of Korakou. This festival holds all the Cypriot best crafts and food. Here, you can learn more about different forms of traditional goods as well as making them yourself! In addition to tasting delicious local snacks, you can watch demonstrations of dough kneading and the process of making Cyprus’s famous halloumi cheese. You will also get to see and taste the products that are made from halloumi such as pies, pastries, pasta dishes, among others.


The Lavender Festival (June)

The Lavender Festival held in Cyherbia Botanical Park & Labyrinth in the village of Avgorou is something that you cannot miss if you happen to visit Cyprus in the summer! There are various activities in the festival including lavender craft and lavender essential oil workshops, meditation walks in the lavender labyrinth, a lavender cooking demonstration, as well as a photo shoot in the lavender gardens. Whether you’re visiting with your significant other or your family, there will surely be something for everyone to enjoy!

 

The Potato Festival (July)

Another festival taking place in Avgorou is the Potato Festival. As the village of Avgorou is famous for its potato production, it’s no wonder that there is a festival dedicated to potato here! Here, you will get to know some Cypriot ways in cooking potatoes, as well as tasting some of the recipes. The best thing is that all the potatoes used are locally grown, which means that the quality of the goods is as authentic as you will get. You can also try some local dishes here, including souvla and kleftiko at a cheap price as well. As a bonus, you may receive some gifts that are creatively made from potatoes to bring home with you!


The Pasteli Festival (September)

The Pasteli Festival may not be held in the summer, but it deserves to be mentioned on this list nonetheless! Held in the village of Anogyra in Limassol, you will get to try the sticky carob and sesame seeds bar known as pasteli at this festival. Pasteli is only made in cooler months, particularly during September and May, as the heat will make the sweet lose its shape. You can discover how pasteli is made while also exploring other local sweets such as koulourouthkia. While you’re there, you can also make a visit to Carob Mill Museum to learn more about carob – one of the essential ingredients of pasteli.

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A Month-By-Month Guide to Visiting Cyprus – What to Know

Whether it’s during the warmth of spring or the chill of winter, it’s always a good idea to take a vacation to a certain stunning island located in the Mediterranean Sea: Cyprus.

Planning to go on a trip to the Mediterranean? If so, Cyprus should be on your radar. Here is a month-by-month guide from January to April to help you plan your trip the right way:

January

It can get rather chilly during the month of January, but fortunately, the temperature usually doesn’t drop any lower than ten degrees during the day. The first week of January is considered a good time to visit since there are festive events you can enjoy. During that time of the year, eating together is a number one activity people do with their family and friends. A word of caution: Expect the tourist destinations to be incredibly crowded. After all, it’s a time when most people have a few days off from work.

If you happen to visit during New Year’s Eve, make sure that you don’t miss the celebrations. December 31 is one of the craziest nights of the year. Many clubs and restaurants stay open to ensure that there are champagne bottles to pop and fireworks to set off so that you can enjoy the magic of the season. Why bother going out to the downtown to celebrate this big night? If you are lucky, you will be invited by locals to celebrate at their homes!

They will share with you a traditional Greek cake called ‘vasilopitta’, which is flavored with rich orange brandy and garnished with almonds. After the New Year celebrations, there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy. In addition, six days before New Year, you can join the Epiphany festival at seasides and quays across the island. Don’t miss your chance!

February

The average temperature during this month is anywhere from 6 to 8 degrees. Seeing as it is still incredibly cold, the island is usually less packed than it is during the warmer months. However, it’s a chance to experience the real beauty that only few can see. Plus, you will find that flight and hotel deals are nicer to your wallet as well.

In order to enjoy this season, make your trip to Troodos Ski Resort on Mount Olympus. The resort offers you exciting activities that will make your day. Apart from that, you can enjoy a jog along the coast. The salty seawater will still be warm. So take your time under the sun, grab a surfboard, and soak your feet in the water!

March

March in Cyprus is paradise on earth. Flowers bloom and transform the empty land into a colorful scene. At this time, in honor of the Greek Orthodox Easter, people hold a ten-day event full of parades and fancy-dress parties. Visit Limassol if you can, because this place will allow you to experience local tradition and entertainment. It’s worth visiting for sure!

This month is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities in this beautiful country. So go out in warmer days to enjoy walks along the coast, quad bike riding, and the annual Limassol Marathon. In addition, Mark the Cyprus Walking Festival on your calendar. Relax if you have no day off because this two-month annual festival starts in March and continues through May. Book your flight whenever you feel like it!

April

During April, the weather really starts to warm up. Fortunately, it’s still a comfortable temperature. One of the best things about it is that you can go sunbathing without having to worry about getting burnt. The comfortable temperature allows you to explore a lot of activities.

Deep sea diving, in particular, is one of those activities that you can’t miss while you’re in Cyprus. There are amazing diving spots that offer you a magnificent underwater experience. From Green Bay to Zenobia, you will be stunned by the beautiful seafloor, sunken ships, and deep sea creatures. If you’re not a great diver, Cyprus will never disappoint.

There are a lot of water parks opening in April. Why not consider spending a day enjoying water activities at a popular Paphos Water Park or stopping by the annual Cyprus Film Days International Festival in Nicosia? You’re sure to have a wonderful time!

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