Nicosia (Lefkosia), the capital of Cyprus, one of the oldest cities in our part of the world, today is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan place in the Eastern Mediterranean, rich in history and culture, combining its historic past with the amenities of a modern city.
The heart of the city, within the 16th century Venetian Walls, has a number of interesting museums (e.g. The Cyprus Archeological museum, The Leventis Municipal museum, The Pancyprian Gymnasium Museums, Byzantine museum) and art galleries, Churches (e.g. Ayios Ioannis Cathedral Church, Panagia Phaneromeni) and a number of mediaeval and neo-classical buildings (e.g. Pancyprian Gymnasium). Also, the narrow streets retain the romantic atmosphere of the past.
Much of the charm and beauty of Nicosia is to be found in the old city with its labyrinthine alleyways and elegant courtyard houses. Outside the Walls, the new city with its modern facilities is a cosmopolitan centre of a modern European capital.
Additionally, like all modern European capitals, Nicosia is a city that has it all, including a varied shopping scene. One-of-a-kind finds from local artisans at local flea markets, designer purchases, special pieces from local designers in boutique shops and markets full of local and international flavors (e.g.Ledras street, Onasagorou street, Arch. Makariou Avenue, Themistokli Dervi Avenue and Stasikratousstreet). Outside the city limits, on the outskirts, you will find The Mall of Cyprus, The Mall of Engomi and Nicosia Mall.
Cypriot cuisine is a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes, an amalgamation of textures and flavours that offers a gastronomic experience unlike anything you’ve ever had. From traditional family-run tavernas in the villages up in the mountains to modern, gourmet restaurants serving fusion cuisine, visitors are sure to get their fill of delicious recipes in the capital.
In a short distance from the center of Nicosia, you can find small picturesque villages (e.g. Palechori, Kakopetria, Kalopanayiotis, Fikardou) of mountainous Nicosia. There, you can enjoy the natural beauties, admire the architecture, talk with locals, taste the authentic cypriot gastronomy and feel an authentic hospitality experience. Of course, the coastal cities (Larnaca, Limassol, Famagusta, Paphos) are always a good choice for getaways.
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