Nicosia Tourist Information

Nicosia Travel Guide

The ancient city of Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus as well as its largest city. Nicosia lies roughly in the centre Cyprus in the Mesaoria Plain with the beautiful northern range of Kyrenia mountains adding to its dramatic beauty. Nicosia has an extremely rich history that dates back some 5,000 years and the city has enjoyed prominence since the 10th century.

This brilliant city is home to an awe-inspiring Royal Palace and houses over 50 spectacular Byzantine churches and monasteries. Nicosia is a remarkable blend of a city steeped in a fascinating historic past with the vibrancy of a modern metropolis.

Nicosia Tourist Attractions

The city centre is sheltered by 16th century Venetian walls and has interesting museums, medieval buildings and intricately designed religious structures sprinkled throughout. The old-town area is also home to the city's most popular landmark, Famagusta Gate.

The area that has been developed outside of the walls has emerged as a contemporary business and cultural hub and has a splendid municipal garden and modern tourist facilities. The city centre has a wide selection of accommodation on offer as well as a plethora of restaurants and bars lining the streets. One of the most heavily visited attractions outside the walls is the Büyük Hammam, the city's largest Turkish baths.

Just south of Nicosia are gorgeous sandy beaches that draw thousands of sunbathing tourists each year. One of the most interesting tourist areas is Pafos. Pafos is located slightly inland and features an amazing fortress that was destroyed by an earthquake in the 13th century as well as the Tombs of the Kings that were carved into the soft rock of the sea-cliff.

History buffs can visit Leventis Municipal Museum, which has extraordinary exhibitions that depict the city's development from prehistoric times. Another 'must-see' museum is the Dragoman Hadzigeorgakis, which houses a dazzling 15th century mansion.

Sports enthusiasts can head over to Neo GSP Stadium or the Makario Stadium to watch the most important sport in Cyprus (football) being played by Nicosia's two major teams, AC Omonia and Apoel. Both teams are guaranteed to provide an awesome show as Omonia holds the record for championships and Apoel holds the record of having won the most cups.

Transport Around Nicosia

Larnaca and Paphos are the main international airports that link Cyprus to the rest of the world. Taxis are plentiful and many resorts offer shuttle buses.

Although Nicosia is an extremely safe destination, if you plan to drive while on holiday or participate in any water sports, we strongly advise you take out travel insurance before you travel to Nicosia. In an event of an accident or injury, having a comprehensive insurance plan will allow you to rest easy and enjoy your trip knowing that you are covered.