Nicosia is one of the oldest capitals in the world, fortified with imposing stone walls and massive gates built by the Venetians.
Nicosia is an interesting place with much to see and do ~ the Cyprus Museum , the Leventis Municipal Museum , the Byzantine Museum , the Famagusta Gate and Agios Ioannis Cathedral.
Laiki Geitonia is the picturesque old quarter, fully restored to create an atmosphere of 1920's Nicosia , with narrow streets and a variety of restaurants and shops. Nicosia really is a haven for shoppers with a very wide selection of shops and markets selling locally made filigree silverware, hand made lace, leather goods, colourful rugs, basketwork, copperware and terracotta pots to name just some.
Tavernas, restaurants and hotels offer French, Italian and "international menus" but they take great pride in preparing Cypriot food and specialties. Sample Keftedes ~ spicy meatballs, Feta ~ cheese made from goats milk, Taramosalata ~ a delicious dish made from fish roe, olive oil and lemon. And probably one of the most popular dishes is Meze ~ a rich collection of appetizers and savories in up to 20 saucer like dishes.
A City Divided
Nicosia remains the only divided city in the world. The 'green line' runs through part of the old city and is one of the points of interest on many guided tours.
For horse racing enthusiasts, races take place weekly at the Nicosia Race Club.
There is a good selection of new and resale apartments in Nicosia for sale and villas in the outskirts of the city.
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