Are you planning a vacation to the Mediterranean? If so, make sure Cyprus is on your list. This small but beautiful island is a fantastic place to visit for a few days. Nicosia, in particular, is a place that you can’t miss. Cyprus’s capital has plenty of historical monuments, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes for you to enjoy. When in Nicosia, here are the things you can’t miss:
The delicious pastries and local coffee
The locals in Cyprus love their cafes. They often pause during the day to enjoy some pastries and a caffeine boost. While you’re there, join the locals in enjoying a hot coffee along with some sweet cakes and pastries available in the many cafes in the city. To Apomero, a small cafe close to Ermou, is a fantastic choice.
The Green Line
The Green Line of Nicosia is the line that splits the island into two parts. There are several checkpoints where people can cross over to the other side. This gorgeous Mediterranean island remains the only one with a divided capital. A visit to Nicosia is a great opportunity to learn more about their unique social and political situation.
The OHI farmers market
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you’ll find a great farmers market at the OHI roundabout. Local vendors hawk their fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and more! If you want to taste the seasonal produce, this is where to go. Even if you don’t plan on picking up any fresh produce to cook with, it’s definitely worth the visit just for the experience. You can listen to the vendors calling out and hawking their products and witness all the movement and the vibrant colors. Make a point of visiting in the morning as this is when the action is.
The various museums
There are plenty of amazing museums and galleries that you can visit in Nicosia. If you’re a fan of history, you’ll love the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia right in the center of Nicosia’s old town. There are a great variety of exhibits with information in Greek, Turkish, and English. You can get in for free. Whether you’re looking to learn more about history or just escape from the hot sun for a short while, this museum is a great place to go.
The Cyprus Museum is another incredible place to visit. Archaeological artifacts are abundant here and you’ll leave with a greater appreciation of the part the small country plays in European history.
Art junkies will love the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre. It’s the oldest contemporary arts center around. You’ll get to admire a great variety of work by both local and foreign artists. Admission is free, making it the perfect stop for budget travelers.
The historical center
Nicosia’s Old Town is definitely worth a visit. Ledra Street, in particular, is home to plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and more. You can venture down the road, setting course for the checkpoint on the Green Line. Onasagorou is also a popular street to explore where bars and restaurants are abundant. If you love handcrafted items, you’ll enjoy walking down Ermou street where many old local craftspeople reside.
The neighborhood of Laiki Geitonia
Close to Onasagorou street is a neighborhood called Laiki Geitonia. This small neighborhood is filled with small shops selling a great variety of souvenirs. It’s the perfect place to stop if you’re looking to purchase small goodies for your friends and family back home. Whether you’re looking for olive oil or locally handcrafted sculptures, Laiki Geitonia is the place to go!