The capital Nicosia

 

 

The town Nicosia is the capital of both Northern and Southern Cyprus and is, therefore, the last divided European capital.

 

 

Sightseeing requiring entrance fees:

 

 

Stone museum

 

In the stone museum, we can admire the vestiges of the state palace of the Lusignans built in gothic style.

 

 

Derwisch Pascha House

 

An ethnographic museum in the house of Derwisch Pascha, who was the editor of the first newspaper in Cyprus.

 

 

Mevlevi Monastery

 

The monastery of whirling dervishes was closed in 1953 and serves today as a museum for Sufi culture.

 

 

Southern Cyprus: Ledra Museum KH Debenhams

 

Panoramic view on both parts of the town (North and South) from the 11th floor of the Debenhams’ mall.

 

 

 

Southern Cyprus: Byzantine museum in the Archbishop’s palace

 

A stunning collection of byzantine art

 

 

Southern Cyprus:  Archaeological Museum

 

The archaeological museum exhibits the history of 10.000 years. Reserve a half day for it!

 

 

Southern Cyprus:  Dragoman house

 

Dragoman was the mediator between the Greek speaking population in Cyprus and the ottoman government.

 

 

Sightseeing without entrance fees:

 

 

Girne Gate

 

The Northern gate out of three entrances to the town

 

 

Samanbahce

 

This is the first inner-city project in Cyprus dating back to the 30’s. The houses are built with straw-clay bricks.

 

 

Venetian column

 

Power symbol of the Venetian era in the centre of the town

 

 

Checkpoint Lokmaci

 

The Checkpoint in the centre of the Old Town was opened in 2008 and links both parts of the town for pedestrians.

 

 

Büyük Han

 

The Great Inn is a masterpiece of ottoman architecture and is a popular meeting point in the Old Town of Nicosia. It offers also a nice shopping opportunity for different kinds of souvenirs.

 

 

Arasta quarter

 

This quarter is renowned for its bazaar (traditional market) and still offers great choices.

 

 

Arabahmet quarter and mosque

 

In the Western part of Nicosia, all around the Arabahmet mosque are typical ottoman houses, recently renovated as part of a big EU-project.

 

 

Büyük Hamam

 

The Turkish bath of Nicosia was recently renovated and is a welcomed opportunity for bathing and massages in a typical ottoman Hamam.

 

 

Selimiye Mosque

 

The formerly Sophia Cathedral is a masterpiece of gothic architecture in Northern Cyprus and serves since the 16th century as a mosque.

 

 

HasdarFoundation for folk art

 

Here you can see how typical artefacts of the Cypriot folk art are designed such as chairs, embroideries, coffers, etc. Shopping here is for fair prices and helps preserve this folk art.

 

 

Bandabuliya market hall

 

In the market hall built in the English era we find vegetables, fruits, but also souvenirs and sweets.

 

 

Southern Cyprus:  Museum Levantis

 

The Levantis museum exhibits the development of Cyprus in the middle age and byzantine era.

 

 

Southern Cyprus:  Joan Church in the Archbishop’s palace

 

The church is abundantly decorated with frescos and counts as one of the oldest byzantine artworks in Nicosia.

 

 

Restaurants:

 

 

- Büyük Han: Traditional restaurant in Nicosia's most popular spot for shopping and sightseeing.

 

 

- Mezze Restaurant: One of the best meyhane (tavern) in the poular Gönyeli area. Abundant choice of starters and grill specialities accompanied with Live music every day.

 

 

PROPOSALS FOR TOURS:

 

 

CLASSIC:

 

Girne Gate – Venetian Column – Checkpoint – Arasta – Büyük Han with coffee break – Selimiye Mosque – Lunch at Büyük Han– Free time for crossing to the Southern part of Nicosia

 

CULTURAL:

 

Girne Gate (Venetian town walls) – Samanbahce (inner-city project in the 30’s) – Venetian Column (from Venetian to English era) – Büyük Han with coffee break (Ottomans in Cyprus) - Hasder (Foundation for Cypriot Folk art) – Selimiye Mosque (Islam and Christianity) – Lunch in Büyük Han - Crossing to the Southern part of Nicosia – Ledra Museum Debenhams – Joan Church in the Archbishop’s palace – Levantis museum

 

(Note: In the Southern part of Nicosia, we are not allowed to make guided tours. Our tour guides would give a description of the sightseeing before crossing the border and would then continue with the group in the South as a group leader and not as an official guide)