Surrounded by a turquoise coastline, Cyprus and Nicosia overflow with 6,000 years of history in rock-carved tombs, Roman mosaics, and palaces. But the capital city also displays an unexpected urban sophistication. Think modern architecture, upscale shopping centers, and a contemporary twist on Cypriot cuisine. The Cypriots have a gregarious nature and place a premium on social connections. So, don't be surprised when you end a night out with a large circle of new friends.
Where is Nicosia
What to do in Nicosia
- Whirling dervish performance: Share in the positive energy as men in white robes and felt hats spin and dance in a moving Sufi meditation.
- Pivo Microbrewery: Sample Cypriot cuisine and seasonal beer in a 100-year-old manor house and Nicosia's only brewhouse.
- Alagadi Turtle Beach: Relax at the beautiful soft-sand beach with its two bays that also serve as nesting areas for green turtles.
- Cyprus Museum: Uncover Cyprus' ancient stories, rich history, and priceless treasures from the Stone Age to the Roman era.
- Curbside coffee: Sip on a cup of traditional, intensely strong Cypriot coffee at a kafenes shop—a ritual past-time for locals.
- Tombs of the Kings: Explore the impressive catacombs, pillars, and courtyards carved from solid rock which, ironically, don't actually contain the burial chambers of royalty.