Charming winding alleys with traditional houses, shops, restaurants and galleries all lovingly restored as typical examples of Cypriot urban architecture of a bygone more graceful age can all be found in Nicosia. Through the famous Famagusta Gate lies Laiki Geitonia, an old section which has been lovingly restored. From here, make your way through narrow winding stone streets where crimson flowers cascade from window pots and the aroma of traditional baking wafts through open doorways.
Explore the many jewelry and handicraft shops, dine in charming tavernas, marvel at churches centuries old. During the Venetian expansion eastward in the 1500’s, Nicosia was fortified with imposing stone walls and massive gates proudly protecting the still-ancient town within from the modern city. Laiki Geitonia Pedestrian area within the walled city, east of Plateia Eleftherias.
Those engrossed in history and art will make their way directly to the Cyprus Museum, which holds the island’s priceless treasures from the first stirrings of the Neolithic Age through the Roman period. At the ByzantineMuseum, encounter a dazzling collection of early-Christian icons from the Mediterranean’s Golden Age. The State Collection of Contemporary Art takes a newer perspective, focusing on Cyprus’ modern artists, some of whom have gained note on the international market. Unique icons, some 1,000 years old, adorn the Byzantine Museum in Lefkosia.
Relax and enjoy a splendid Cypriot meal, accented by one of the island’s famous wines. Later, the night life beckons near Famagusta Gate, giving expression to the Cypriots’ legendary spirit of celebration.