Do you know that since the fall of the Berlin Wall, only one capital city in the world remains divided in two: Nicosia (Lefkosa). This daytime city is best experienced by staying until dusk when the minarets light up and release their evening call to prayer and the air is scented with an intoxicating combination of wild jasmine and freshly grilled kebabs.
What will you see in this historic city?
I can pick up and drop off to your hotel in Nicosia by my car, or we may start the tour at a pre-defined location depending on preference. It does not matter if you are on the southern or northern part of the city, we will cross the border during our tour. Please be aware that when passing the border (Green Line), you will need to present your passport/ ID card. I highly suggest you check whether your ID is accepted by both sides. You can always send a message to me and ask for further information.
Nicosia lies roughly at the center of Cyprus, with a rich history that can be traced back to the Bronze Age. During our tour, we will focus on the heart of the city, enclosed by 16th-century Venetian walls.
Places we will see in
The walking tour aims to give an overall picture of the city within the Venetian Walls and how it has evolved through the centuries. We will stroll around Ledra’s Street, the most prominent shopping area in Nicosia, mainly dominated by large department stores, flavoured with smaller boutiques and traditional tastes. You will have the chance to walk through the town's architecture from the medieval years to the present and to some of its churches.
Main attractions we will visit at Northern Nicosia is car-free old town within the Venetian Walls. We shall see Bandabuliya (indoor market consists of local shops), St. Sophia Cathedral (Selimiye Mosque), Bedesten (St Nicholas Church of the English), Arasta (pedestrian market area) on our walk. We can then enjoy Cypriot coffee at a traditional coffee shop or traditional Cypriot lunch at the Great Inn (Buyuk Han) depending on the time of the day. You will also have the opportunity to visit Hasder (non-profit organisation) to shop the handcrafts and laces of Cyprus which has variety of souvenirs for a reasonable price to take home with you. They do have a number workshops on creating traditional handcrafts for the travelers interested. Please check their Loacal profile for further details.
I would love to show you further around, taking you to Kyrenia Gate, Atatürk Square (Sarayonu) and further around but this will be limited to the time spent on previous locations.
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will customise the tours when requested, feel free to ask for additional location visits and specific requests.
Entrance fees to attractions
What's Not Included
What to Remember
You will need to present your passport during the U.N. border crossing.
Please bring or wear clothing appropriate for visiting churches and monasteries.