Nicosia

Nicosia

Things to do - general

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and presents two different parts. There is the old, original part of the city, surrounded by sturdy Venetian walls as well as the busy modern city.

When you enter the rural areas in the District of Nicosia, you will find a whole different world. Beautiful picturesque countryside and small mountain villages, where you can enjoy hiking and cycling in the stunning traditional surroundings.

These many layers of different attractions and features in Nicosia makes it worthwhile to visit the capital, even when holidaying within other Districts on the island.

Cyprus Holiday Villas and Apartments in the District of Nicosia

In Go Villas Cyprus we currently do not feature any holiday villas or apartments in the District of Nicosia. However should you wish to visit this area, why not check out the villas in the District of Famagusta. All these villas are within 30 minutes drive from Nicosia. See all our villas here.

Culture and History

Nicosia consists of two different parts: the old, original part of the city, surrounded by sturdy Venetian walls and a busy modern city.

Places worth visiting in the District of Nicosia


Cyprus Museum

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If you are a history buff, you will find more artifacts in this museum than you can take in. This museum consists of fourteen rooms and exhibits follow a chronological order.

The oldest artifacts in Room I (tools, stone vessels and figurines) date back to the Neolithic era.

Do not miss the marble statue of Aphrodite from Soli, which is the symbol of the island. Other highlights include bronze age pottery, gold jewellery, the lions and sphinxes from Tamassos necropolis, the clay figurines from Agia Irini sanctuary and limestone sarcophagi decorated with carvings.

Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia

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The Leventis Municipal Museum is located in the old city, not far from the Venetian Walls, Ledras street, Faneromeni Church and Laiki Yeitonia.

All of these places are well worth visiting, and this museum is conveniently located right in the middle.

The objects hosted in permanent showrooms offer visitors a journey through the history of the island. Permanent exhibitions include the Nicosia Gallery with objects dating from the ancient times; the Byzantine Gallery, the Frankish and Venetian Galleries, the Ottoman Gallery, the British Gallery and the Republic of Cyprus Gallery.

On the ground floor there is a display of ancient and medieval pottery and the Caterina Cornaro Gallery with some interesting 19th century paintings.

In addition there are also temporary exhibitions regularly at this museum.

Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries

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This museum is located at the centre of old town in Nicosia and it is worthwhile to visit. The artworks dated 15th - 19th century were collected from Archbishop Makarios III in 1963.

The Byzantine Museum has wonderful icons from various churches, some of these were in the Turkish occupied area, sold by smugglers of antiquities, but at last have returned.

Ledra Museum Observatory

ledra-observatory

Housed on the 11th floor of the Shakolas building on Ledra Street, where you can take in 360 degree panoramic views of the whole of Nicosia town.

Read more on Visit Cyprus

Unfortunately there are no accommodations at this location at the moment.

Shopping

The Mall of Cyprus

The Mall of Cyprus has a total retail area of 27.000m², housing an attractive mix of retail outlets, including major international brands like Debenhams, Zara, Benetton, Topshop, Public, Intersport, Carrefour, Starbucks, T.G.I Fridays and McDonalds.

Main Shopping Street Makariou

Take a stroll down this shopping street as well as the side streets with the wide assortment of shops.

Shopping Opening Hours

In summer (June to August) shops are open 8.00 – 14.00 and 17.00 – 20.30.
In winter opening hours are 8.00 – 13.00 and 14.30 – 18.00 (until 19.00 in spring and autumn).
However many larger department stores and supermarkets, and shops in tourist areas, do not close for lunch. Shops are closed Wednesday and Saturday after 13.00, as well as all day Sunday.

Please do note that separate opening hours may apply to the above shopping malls.