If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a genuine Mediterranean experience, Nicosia is the best place for you. The capital city of Cyprus has many things to offer tourists, from great food, vibrant culture, and well-preserved nature, to stunning architectural beauty.
For those who are planning a trip to Nicosia, here are some ideas to add to your trip:
Enjoy a free city tour
Nicosia is an old city – very old. It was a part of the great Greek empire, meaning the city is rich with history and culture from the olden days. If you’re looking to learn more about the history and tradition of the city, there are quite a number of free and paid tours that you can sign up for in the city. Your professional guide will take you around the old neighborhoods so that you can see what’s hidden in the corners of this great city.
Walk in the Old City
The best way to see Nicosia is to immerse yourself in it; take a walk around the city and get lost in every nook and cranny. You might come across some hidden gems such as an old family businesses or traditional bakeries that have been around for hundreds of years. We can’t tell you where they are, as you have to find them find them yourself!
Enjoy traditional Cypriot cuisine
Cyprus is the melting pot of many different cultures thanks to its geographical location.Nicosia is where everything comes together. The island nation is located off the southern shore of Turkey, west of Lebanon and Syria, yet it has a Greek origin. This makes Cypriot cuisine among the most diverse and sophisticated foods in the world! The perfect blend of Andalucian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern creates a whole new culinary wonder.
Visit St. Hilarion Castle
Sitting atop the Kyrenia mountain is St. Hilarion Castle. Although the old building has been weathered by time and ravaged by war, the beauty and the architecture of the beautiful structure still makes it a great place to go while you’re in Nicosia.
Take a bath at Hamam Omerye
Many local Cypriots will say that if you’re in Nicosia and you haven’t taken a bath at Hamam Omerye Bath House, you’ve never been there. Donated to the city by the Ottoman General Lala Mustafa Pasha, this historic building has become one of the most remarkable landmarks of the city. You can enjoy luxurious spa treatments while you’re here as well.
Relax at the Athalassa National Forest Park
If you want to take a break from the busy city life, you can take a quick trip to the nearby Athalassa National Forest Park—the biggest green area in the city. Taking a stroll down the path through the woods and enjoying the scenic beauty of the park is the best way to spend a quiet afternoon.
Enjoy Cypriot coffee
Traditional Cypriot coffee is known to be incredibly strong. Whether you like your coffee sweetened or pure black, we’re sure that you will get your caffeine fix for the day with one shot of these babies. Don’t forget to enjoy it with a traditional baklava, as they go together like burgers and fries!
Have a drink at the Pivo Microbrewery
Cypriots have always had a deep bond with their brews. That culture is still seen today in the city. No matter what your beer preferences are, you’re guaranteed to find nothing but the highest-quality brews here.
Shop until you drop
Even though it’s a part of the European Union, Cyprus as a country is significantly cheaper than the rest of Europe. If you like shopping, Nicosia is where it’s at! Zara and Marks and Spencer on Makariou Avenue are the best shopping centers this side of Europe.
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