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Nicosia Museums (South Part)

There are several interesting and award-wining museums to visit in South Nicosia including Kykkos Monastery Museum and the Kostas Argyrou Museum.

The Archaeological Museum of Nicosia

he museum belongs to ones that should not be omitted by tourists when visiting Cyprus. Built in 1908, it is located at Museum Street, and covers 9, 500-year civilization. Room 1 shows the exhibits from the Neolithic period (7500-3900 B.C.), predominantly stone implements from Choirokoitia.

The Byzantine Museum of the Makarios III Foundation

About 150 portable icons of varied colors, shapes and techniques are included in the museum. The museum is named “Byzantine”, as Byzantine technique prevails, although there are visible traces of the various invaders and the Crusaders in some paintings.

Folk Art Museum

The museum is located in the old Archbishopric and is included in the Society of Cypriot Studies which was established in 1937. The resourcefulness of the Cypriot artisan, intellectual life and the aesthetic esteem are all to be perceived when admiring the exhibits in the museum.

The National Struggle Museum

One year after the independence of Cyprus, the National Struggle Museum was founded by the then Greek Communal Chamber of Cyprus. Housed in the old Archbishopric, the preservation of the remembrance of the struggle for the liberation represents the basic aim of the museum.

Leventis Municipal Museum

Within the walls of the capital and in the close distance to the commercial sector of Nicosia, one will find the museum at Ippokratous Street which serves since 1989. The two-storeyed building of 19th century has been bought, restored and modified to the Museum and shows the history of the capital for centuries.

Cyprus Jewellers Museum

Goldsmithing and silversmithing represent the branch of the trade, that has its roots in the ancient times, as proved in the archaeological excavations.

The Art Gallery of Makarios III Foundation

Lies at the eastern edge of the impressive Archbishopric and bears the full name the Art Gallery of the Cultural Center of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation. The inauguration of the Cultural Center, which took place on January 18, 1982, paved way to the opening of the Gallery to the public. The visitors can observe 116 European oil paintings, dating from the 16th to the 19th century, predominantly represented by the icons from religion and mythology, and are all housed on the 1st floor. One can compare features of various European schools among which French, Italian, Spanish, Flemish, German, and others. The second floor boasts of about 80 oil paintings by European artists, in which the visible traces of Greek history and especially the Greek Revolution of 1821 are evident.

The State Gallery

Founded in 1990 and housed in a neoclassical building of Nicosia at the corner of Stasinos Avenue and Crete Street, is located the State Gallery. At present it holds approximately 123 paintings and sculptures by more than 70 Cypriot artists. The masterpieces displayed in the gallery make an imposing picture via dominant artistic works of the first decades of the twentieth century up to these days.

The Nicosia Municipal Arts Center

Housed in 19 Apostolou Varnava Street, in the building of the old Power Station of Nicosia, closely cooperating with the Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, The Nicosia Municipal Arts Center can be found. It comprises of the Large Exhibition Hall, the Library of the History of Art, the Restaurant- coffee shop and the Center’s shop.

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Cyprus Museum in Nicosia Description

The Cyprus Museum (also known as the Cyprus Archaeological Museum) is the oldest and largest archaeological museum in Cyprus.

The museum houses artefacts discovered during numerous excavations on the island. The museum is home to the most extensive collection of Cypriot antiquities in the world and is located on Museum Street in central Nicosia. Its history goes hand in hand with the course of modern archaeology (and the Department of Antiquities) in Cyprus. Of note is that only artefacts discovered on the island are displayed.

As an institution, the Cyprus Museum was founded in 1882 during the British occupation of the island following a petition by the Cypriot people. This makes the museum 131 years old. The petition was delivered to the British administration by a delegation headed by the religious leaders of both the Christian and Muslim populations. A major catapult for this action were several illicit excavations and the smuggling of antiquities off the island. The most extensive of these had been carried out a few years earlier by the United States Ambassador, Luigi Palma di Cesnola, who had smuggled over 35,000 artefacts off the island, most of which were destroyed in transit. Many of the surviving items ended up in the newly formed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and are currently on display in their own galleries on the second floor.

The initial museum was funded by private donations and was temporarily housed in existing governmental offices. It moved to its own premises in 1889 on Victoria Street within the medieval walls of the city. Construction of the current building began in 1908 and was originally dedicated to the memory of the British monarch, Queen Victoria. It was designed by the architect N. Balanos of the Archaeological Society of Athens and construction was supervised by George H. Everett Jeffery then curator of the museum. In 1961 a second set of galleries, storerooms and offices was completed.

Collections

Soon after its inception, the museum started receiving items from the numerous excavations on the island, mainly run by British and European expeditions. Indicative are the annual excavation reports published in The Journal of Hellenic Studies from 1890 onwards. The first organised catalogue was soon compiled and published in 1899 by Sir John Myres and Max M. Ohnefalsch-Richter. The collections of the museum were greatly augmented by the first large scale systematic excavations carried out by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition between 1927 and 1931 under the direction of professor Einar Gjerstad.

Today, the Cyprus Museum remains the principal show-piece for finds preceding independence (1960). It also houses the most important recent acquisitions. Recent years have seen a progressive decentralization of Cyprus's museum collections and most finds from current excavations are deposited in the local district museums. The museum consists of fourteen display halls surrounding a square central area which comprises auxiliary offices, a library, storerooms and laboratories for preserving and studying items in the collection. The displays in each hall follow a chronological and a thematical succession starting from the Neolithic period and ending with the Roman period.

The museum collection has far outgrown the capacity of the existing buildings so much so that only a small fraction is on display at any point in time. With several ongoing excavations and constant new finds, the issue of relocation to more spacious premises has been raised but a suitable site has yet to be decided on. There have been suggestions that the nearby and now demolished building of the Nicosia Old General Hospital be redeveloped, whilst there have also been plans to create a new museum as part of a new larger cultural centre at the site of the old GSP stadium.

The Cyprus Museum (Nicosia) - Kouklia Village

The Cyprus Museum (Nicosia) THE CYPRUS MUSEUM (NICOSIA)

  • Address: 1 Mouseiou Street, Nicosia
  • Phone: +357 22865854 (entrance/ticket sales) +357 22303112 (for information after Museum opening hours) +357 22865805 (Museum Shop)
  • Category: Museums
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The first archaeological Museum of Lefkosia was housed in a building on Victoria St. in old Lefkosia, in the occupied part of the town. It was founded in 1888 as a privately run institution. This was to protect the finds that started to come to light during the first legal excavations undertaken during the British rule of the island.

The first law concerning archaeology was voted in 1905. This was the first essential step towards the establishment of archaeology in Cyprus. A committee, chaired by the British governor, undertook the direction of the museum. The continuously growing number of finds from systematic excavations which were mainly undertaken by foreign missions. The Swedish Archaeological School forced the museum’s committee to look for new premises for the exhibition and the storage of the finds.

The voting in 1935 of a new Archaeological Law and the creation of the Department of Antiquities gave the opportunity to the Museum to become fully official. Many significant excavations were undertaken by Cypriot researchers. They brought to light some of the earliest phases of settlement in the island. This established the historical evolution of Cyprus and enriching the collections of the Museum with important finds. With the island’s independence in 1960, Cypriot archaeology further flourished.

On the right side of Room I a series of objects (tools, stone vessels and figurines) is presented, which constitute the earliest evidence of the Neolithic period. The left side of the room is dedicated to the Chalcolithic period when stone vessels coexist with handmade clay vessels as well as with figurines made out of picrolite. In the first exhibition case, in the middle of the room, clay objects are on display. This constitutes the first evidence of worship.

The following two rooms contain pottery. Room II is dedicated to the rich collection of pottery of the Early Bronze Age while in Room III reference is made to the evolution of pottery from the Middle Bronze Age to the Roman period. The exhibited objects demonstrate the rich local ceramic tradition of Cyprus but at the same time special reference is made to the imported Mycenaean, Phoenician and Attic pottery. This is in addition to faience objects, which played a vital role in the establishment of the local pottery style. The imported Mycenaean craters and the locally produced Archaic vessels of the “free-field” style are given a prominent position. In Room IV hundreds of clay figurines and statues are displayed that were found around a circular altar in the Archaic sanctuary at Agia Irini.

The evolution of the strong Egyptian and Assyrian influences of the statuary from the Classical period is on display in Room V. The Archaic statues, carved in the local limestone, gradually gave their place to works with Greek influences, carved into the imported marble. The later phase of Cypriot statuary, dated to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, is exhibited in Room VI where we find mainly marble and bronze statues. In the centre of the room, the bronze statue of Septimius Severus constitutes the main exhibited work of art. Room VII is divided into three sections. The first one is dedicated to the rich collection of bronze objects which reflect the wide use of this material, for which Cyprus was famous in antiquity, so much so in everyday activities (agricultural tools) as in warfare activities (weapons), commercial exchange goods (tripods) and ritual practices (Horned God from Egkomi). In the central section of the room specimens from the museum’s rich collection of seals and coins are on display, which represent all the mints of the Cypriot kingdoms as well as the mint during the Ptolemaic rule on the island. On the wall behind the coins two boards are hung containing parts of floor mosaics from two roman buildings. The last section of the room contains gold jewellery, silver vessels, glass objects and lamps dating from the Early Bronze Age to early Christian times.

Room VIII, which is on a lower level under the stairs leading to the metallurgy room, has been specially modified to receive a reconstruction of tombs dating from the 4th millennium to the 4th century B.C. To the right of Room VIII, is Room IX, which contains grave monuments such as carved grave stele, painted clay sarcophagi and limestone sarcophagi decorated with carvings. Opposite, in Room X, we find a retrospection of the evolution of writing in Cyprus. Starting from the earliest evidence of writing is the Cypro-minoan script followed by specimens of the Cypro-syllabic script, and finally the predomination of the alphabetic script. Room XI is on the first floor and hosts magnificent finds from the royal tombs of Salamis, such as the bed decorated with pieces of ivory and coloured glass, the two thrones and a bronze cauldron supported on an iron tripod and decorated around the edges with four busts of sirens and eight griffins. Room XII is dedicated to ancient metallurgy. Through the disposition of the finds, which bear an educational character, we can follow the process of the mining and smelting of copper as well as metalworking. Sculptures that decorated the gymnasium in Salamis during the Roman period are on display in Room XIII, on the ground floor. The sculptures are accompanied by photographs of the excavations of the gymnasium, which took place before 1974. Finally, the important production of clay figurines dating from the Early Bronze Age until the Roman period is represented in Room XIV following a thematic order.

Tuesday – Friday: 8.00 – 18.00 / Saturday: 9.00 – 17.00 / Sunday: 10.00 – 13.00 / Monday: closed

Every first Wednesday of the month: 8.00 – 20.00

Museum Rooms: Chair Lift

Special Parking Space: available (not marked)

Special rest rooms: available (temporary location in area accessed with difficulty)

Top 10 Things to Do in Nicosia, Cyprus - David - s Been Here

Top 10 Things to Do in Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia (Lefkosia) is the capital of Cyprus. It is also the largest city. As the island’s administrative center, Nicosia is both a commercial and political hub. It is an active metropolis that serves as Cyprus’ financial center, but is a city that has remained divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974. The northern part of Nicosia is northern Cyprus’ capital, while the southern section of the city is Greek Cypriot territory. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nicosia became, and still is, the only divided city in the world.

Nicosia has been continuously inhabited since the island’s Bronze Age (2500-1050 B.C.) By the first millennium B.C., Nicosia had developed into a city-kingdom known as Ledra. Unlike the trading city of Kition (modern-day Larnaka), Ledra was an unimportant town with most of its inhabitants dedicated to agriculture.

By the time Christianity had spread to the island around 350 A.D., the city was known as Lefkousia. In the year 965, Cyprus was incorporated into the Byzantine Empire and Nicosia was made the official capital — a title it holds to this day.

The subsequent five centuries brought many changes for Cyprus. The island was captured, sold and re-sold to several rulers including King Richard I of England, the Knights Templar and the Franks before coming under Venetian rule in 1489. With the ever-present threat of Ottoman invasion, Venetian governors fortified every city on the island. The 16 th century Venetian walls of Nicosia remain in good condition and are one of Cyprus’ largest tourist attractions.

The historical center of Nicosia is a place where ancient and contemporary cultures coexist. Nicosia is home to luxury hotels, fascinating museums, Byzantine churches and bustling pedestrian streets. A visit to Nicosia is a visit to the past and a glimpse into the island’s future. Here are our top 10 things to do in Nicosia!

Cyprus Museum

The Cyprus Museum of Nicosia is often regarded as the island’s number one museum because it houses an especially rare and extensive collection of Cypriot antiquities. The Cyprus Museum was founded in 1888 as a way to preserve the artifacts archaeologists were finding while excavating around the island. The Cyprus Museum may not have the ultra modern facilities found in Paris’ Louvre or London’s British Museum, but its collection is nothing short of impressive, with the oldest pieces dating back to the 8 th millennium B.C.

The Cyprus Museum has 14 galleries showcasing Cypriot history, culture and art in chronological order. Beginning with the island’s Neolithic Period, visitors will see vessels and tools. Crude cruciform objects from the Chalcolithic Period are also on display. These picrolite figures are thought to be religious amulets connected to the worship of a fertility goddess.

Replicas of these figurines can be found in almost every souvenir shop on the island. Each room in the museum takes visitors on an incredible journey through the ages as they come across Bronze Age pottery, archaic vessels, clay figurines, religious objects, Roman busts, coins, bronze sculptures, jewelry, lamps and mosaics.

The Cyprus Museum is just a short walk from Eleftherias Square, which makes it easy to access from almost anywhere in downtown Nicosia. Do not miss out on the incredible exhibits this museum holds.

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Eleftherias Square

Eleftherias Square, or “Freedom Square,” is not really a square at all, but instead a four-lane one-way street. Overlooking this nontraditional plateia, perched on one of the Venetian bastions, is Nicosia’s Town Hall. Eleftherias Square has always been the center of Nicosia’s activities including political rallies, public celebrations, demonstrations and the everyday hustle and bustle of the city’s residents.

In 2005, a plan was put in place to revitalize the square and make it function as a gorgeous public space that connects old Nicosia to new Nicosia (pictured above). The world-renowned firm, led by architect Zaha Hadid, was chosen to redesign and rejuvenate Eleftherias Square. As of 2012, the project was put on hold due to archaeological findings. When it is finished, the area will be a contemporary, pedestrian-friendly park that Cyprus can be proud of. Some even say it will be the catalyst to reunify this city, but that remains to be seen.

Famagusta Gate

Famagusta Gate forms part of the Medieval Venetian walls of Nicosia. Originally, Famagusta Gate was called Porta Guiliana and served as one of three main entry points into the city. Famagusta Gate offers visitors a unique glimpse inside the massive Venetian fortress. Once through the door, there are three large halls, which are now used for a variety of cultural exhibits.

Originally, they were used to store military supplies and ammunition. During the days of British Colonial rule the gate was used as a warehouse and fell into significant disrepair. In 1980, Nicosia city officials began its restoration process. Now, Famagusta Gate is not only the best preserved of the original three gates, but also the most photographed building in Nicosia.

Venetian Walls

Like Valletta in Malta, Nicosia was susceptible to Ottoman attacks during the 16 th century. Christian kingdoms had much to fear at time, especially since the Ottomans had already proved they could successfully overthrow port cities in Greece. In 1565, the Ottomans tried to take over Valletta in a battle known as The Great Siege of Malta. The Knights of Saint John (also known as the Knights Hospitaller) managed to thwart the invasion, but other Mediterranean nations took notice and began their preparations for a possible attack.

In 1567, the Venetians began building a fortress around Nicosia with the help of Italian engineers Ascanio Savorgnano and Francesco Barbaro. In less than three years they managed to complete the massive undertaking, which had 11 bastions, two public gates, one military gate (Famagusta Gate) and a moat. But despite their efforts, the city was captured on September 9, 1570, by Ottoman forces. Nowadays, five of the bastions are in southern Nicosia, another five are situated in northern (Turkish) Nicosia and one is occupied by the U.N. buffer zone forces.

Ledra Street

Ledra Street, named after the ancient city-kingdom of Ledra, is Nicosia’s main shopping street. It begins in Eleftherias Square and runs from south to north, with a portion of it located within Turkish-occupied Nicosia. Ledra Street is always humming with activity. Coffee shops, boutiques, bookstores and restaurants line the edges of this pedestrian-friendly boulevard in the heart of the old city.

Taverna Siantris

For the best home cooked food in Nicosia, look no further than Taverna Siantris. This contemporary restaurant, located in the heart of the old city, is a culinary gem thanks to the hardworking Siantris family. The décor may be modern, but the recipes are tried and true traditional dishes. Daytime brings in lunching ladies, famished businessmen and curious tourists. Everyone comes to sample the delectable daily specials.

Here, diners find nontraditional Cypriot dishes such as spaghetti with pork and hearty bean stews. The menu changes daily, but much of the clientele hasn’t changed much since the restaurant opened in 1969. Taverna Siantris serves the type of food one would find in a typical Cypriot household — rabbit, braised beef, pasta and legumes. Taverna Siantris’ dishes are varied and of superior quality. This place is a must!

Recommendations: Lentils, koupepia (stuffed grape leaves), rabbit, daily specials

Open Monday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Dafermou Winery

The Dafermou Winery is the perfect place to channel one’s inner Dionysus. This luxurious estate is located high above the Lefkara Valley and features an ultra chic building that beautifully contrasts with the green hills surrounding it. General manager Mr. Phakoukakis and his team conceptualized the space as a New World meets Old World sanctuary. Although the building itself is quite impressive, what is being made inside is even more exciting.

Once through the colossal main entrance, visitors are given the opportunity to see the different rooms where Dafermou wines are processed and aged. Hundreds of massive barrels are on display in the ground floor aging room. Here, the wines develop their perfect flavors and distinct aromas. Visitors can sample the different wines, which are created by mixing international varieties like Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc with Greek varieties like Assyrtiko, and Cypriot wines like Maratheftiko. The combination of these yields Dafermou’s three signature blends: white, red and rosé.

Visitors are welcomed to take a tour and savor Dafermou’s uniquely crafted wines in the elegant tasting room — a space that is also perfect for private events and parties. Be sure to call ahead to schedule your visit and tasting. The Dafermou Winery is about a 30-minute drive from Nicosia on the Nicosia-Limassol Highway, which makes it an ideal day trip from the capital. Remember to designate a sober driver!

Kakopetria

Fifty-five kilometers west of Nicosia, on the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, lies the pleasant village of Kakopetria. This quaint village is surrounded by lush greenery and has two rivers, the Kargotis and Garillis, running through it. Both rivers intersect in old Kakopetria to form the larger Klarios River, which extends through the Solea Valley and empties into Morphou Bay.

Kakopetria attracts visitors with its traditional architecture and scenic forest landscape. Archaeological evidence shows that the area has been inhabited since the seventh century B.C. Pieces found here include religious objects and pottery, all of which are on display in Nicosia’s Cyprus Museum. Old Kakopetria retains much of its medieval character with its narrow cobblestone streets and rustic homes.

Near the old part of town is the 11 th century Byzantine church, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis. The church is all that remains of the original monastery. Inside it has frescoes depicting the Virgin Mary, Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Saint Lazarus, Jesus Christ and Saint Nicholas. Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant value in Cypriot culture. It is open to the public every day except Monday. Entrance is free.

Apart from meandering around the old city, the most popular pastime in Kakopetria is … you guessed it … eating! The village has quite a few bed and breakfast hotels and tavern-style restaurants. For those who want to delve a little deeper in the great outdoors, there are campgrounds, hiking and biking trails near Kakopetria village in the Platania Forest.

For many, Kakopetria provides much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The village’s tranquil atmosphere and slower pace make it a great day escape from hectic Nicosia.

The Tamassos archaeological site is located about 20 kilometers southwest of Nicosia. Ancient Tamassos occupied an area where the villages of Episkopio, Pera and Politiko are today. Little is known about how the ancient city-kingdom of Tamassos was founded, but archaeologists have unearthed clues that suggest it was more industrial than cosmopolitan. Unlike ancient Kition, Tamassos’ economy depended heavily on copper mining. Unfortunately, many of the old mines are located beneath modern structures, making it impossible to excavate and learn more about them.

What is known is that the people of Tamassos worshipped ancient Greek deities. The Tamassos site has an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. Visitors can also visit the royal tombs and copper workshops. Many of the artifacts unearthed at the Tamassos site are on display in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.

Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday closed

*Site is accessible with a telephone appointment only

Troodos Mountains

The Troodos Mountain range is one of Cyprus’ natural wonders. Who knew that you could go skiing on a Mediterranean island? We sure didn’t until we saw the snow for ourselves. The Troodos Mountains are located in southwestern Cyprus. At 1,952 meters above sea level, Mount Olympus is the mountain with the highest peak.

The Troodos Mountains are known for their pristine forests, Byzantine churches, charming villages, nature trails, ski resorts and vineyards. Depending on what you are looking for, the Troodos Mountains have endless possibilities for family fun, outdoor activities and cultural appreciation. The mountain range is divided into the following areas: Lemesos mountain resorts, Pitsilia (east), Solea Valley (north), Marathasa Valley (west) and wine region (south). Each area holds picturesque villages and expanses of natural beauty.

The Troodos National Forest Park covers an area of approximately 35 square miles around Mount Olympus. This is perhaps the best place in Cyprus to camp, hike, ski and have outdoor picnics.

The beauty of the Troodos comes from its breathtaking flora and diverse fauna. With several accommodations, ranging from basic village apartments to four-star hotels, there is no reason why travelers should not stay a night or two.

My Thoughts on Nicosia

As capital city of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicosia doesn’t disappoint with its numerous museums, monuments and restaurants. Old Nicosia has a distinct architecture and is a great area to stroll around on foot. Laiki Geitonia, the neighborhood where the tourism office is located, is especially captivating. Though pricier than other areas of the city, the cafés here offer gorgeous views of the 200-year-old district. Most of the restaurants and businesses in Laiki Geitonia operate out of charming renovated homes.

Saturday mornings bring in vendors from the surrounding villages. Walking the city will reveal outdoor markets with produce, local crafts, honey, cheese and desserts. The Municipal Market, the market at the Constantine Bastion and St. Anthony’s market are the city’s main markets. Getting out of Nicosia offers travelers the opportunity to see the picturesque countryside of the region. The Troodos Mountains are a must-do! You can ski, hike, bike and camp, which makes it the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The roads are moderately easy to navigate and the pine forest views are stunning.

Nicosia is a busy capital, but is fairly pedestrianized. The Cyprus Museum and Leventis Municipal Museum are regarded as two of the best on the island. Do not miss out on these two treasures! Nicosia is a city of opposites — old and new, Turkish and Greek. Considering it is the only divided city in the world, it has loads to see, do and eat! This top 10 things to do in Nicosia, will date at least four days to cover.

Additional Travel Information

  • From Larnaka Airport: Taxi rental (about €60)
  • From Paphos Airport: Taxi rental (about €120)
  • Within Nicosia: The old city sights can be seen on foot, but for longer distances it is best to take a taxi (taxis run 24/7 in Nicosia and there are always taxis available for hire in Eleftherias Square)
  • Urban bus routes: http://www.osel.com.cy/?wp=routes_en

Shopping: For high fashion, head to Makarios Avenue and Stasikratous Street. Here, high-end boutiques and big name fashion brands deliver the latest styles and trends. Popular stores include Amicci Boutique, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fogal, Gucci, Labels, Mango, Max Mara, Replay, Tiffany Louis Vuitton and Zara. Also on Makarios Avenue is the City Plaza Mall.

For souvenir shopping, browse around Laiki Geitonia. This traditional neighborhood is packed with shops selling traditional keepsakes and crafts. It is a pedestrian-only area with narrow, winding streets and renovated 18 th century houses, so there is a lot of architectural charm and shaded walkways.

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2025 Nicosia, Cyprus

Hours of operation: Working hours can be a bit of a challenge in Cyprus, but as a general rule:

  • Businesses open between 7 and 9 a.m.
  • November 1 – March 31: Shops close at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 p.m. on Saturday
  • April 1 – October 31: Shops close at 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • June 15 – August 31: Many shops close 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. for nap time

Best time to go: Cyprus’ Mediterranean climate means dry, hot summers (mid-May through mid-September). May and June are relatively pleasant months with little to no rainfall. During this time you can expect less heat and fewer crowds on the beach.

  • Since many Cypriots know people or are themselves displaced from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Famagusta, it is best to leave the topic of politics out of conversations
  • Renting a car is the best way to gain access to the island’s scenic villages (in Cyprus, driving is on the left-hand side)
  • When visiting any church in Cyprus, it is best to wait until a service is over and never take pictures of people in worship
  • Do not touch or take anything from an archaeological site
  • Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes at archaeological sites
  • Avoid taking photographs around border crossings

Crossing into northern Cyprus

If you plan to cross the border into northern Nicosia, here are some things to consider:

  • You will be asked to present your passport at border crossings (AKA “green lines”) when you enter and exit
  • If you plan on entering northern Cyprus with a southern Cypriot car hire, additional insurance must be purchased at the border. Northern Cypriot car hires are not allowed to cross into the Republic of Cyprus
  • There are border crossings at Agios Dometios (Metehan), Ledra Palace on Ledra Street (pedestrian-only) and Astromerities (Guzelyurt)
  • There are restrictions in place for bringing goods into southern Cyprus (limit of two packs of cigarettes, .05 liter of alcohol and one bottle of wine)

Larnaka International Airport (LCA)

Pafos International Airport (PFO)

Anemayia Rentals (Larnaka) +357 99624726

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Tours: The Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) offers complimentary guided walking tours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tours begin at the tourism information office at 10 a.m. and last about two and a half hours with a half-hour break. The CTO office is located at 11 Aristokyprou Street, Laiki Geitonia (East of Eleftherias Square).

Segway Tours are a great way to maximize your time in Nicosia’s old city. Tours last two and a half hours and cover all the main sights. Cost is €44 per person.

Cyprus Taste Tours is a fantastic small business that operates in Larnaka, Limassol and Nicosia. Cyprus Taste Tours was created by two young entrepreneurial women who wanted to showcase Cypriot culture through local cuisine. Tours, which are all-inclusive, last three to four hours and take people to five local restaurants for food, wine and ouzo samplings. Cost is €75 per person. Discount available for groups of four or more.

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