Places to visit in Nicosia
From Eleftheria Square you can walk either, to Ledras or Onasagorou Street, two parallel streets. In both cases you will end up in Phaneromeni Square where the Phaneromeni Church built in the 1872, is located. Behind it there a small church with gothic, renaissance and byzantine elements, ‘Cross of Missirikos’ and next to it the historical Phaneromeni Gymnasium. If you walk 5 minutes you will come across the square and the building of the old Nicosia Municipality. In the same neighbourhood, it is a worth a visit to the beautifully restored Hamam Omerye Baths a 14th century building, functioning still as a hamam place and to the nearby Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios House, where a high official of the 19th century Ottoman domination used to live. Nearby there is the beautiful Famagusta Gate area. Walk around the beautiful neighbourhood, visit the Famagusta Gate and the Museum of Scuplture right below.
Things to do in Nicosia
One of the latest additions in Nicosia is the A.G Leventis Gallery, hosting a private collection of Cypriot and world renowned artists. It’s also worth visiting the State Gallery of Contemporary Art, that houses the work of contemporary Cypriot artists. On the other hand if you want a more relaxed day in the capital, go shopping in Makariou III Avenue, Stasikratous and Mnasiadou Street, or even shop for fresh vegetables and fruit sold by local producers, in the OCHI open market that takes places every Saturday in the area of Bayraktar Mosque, on one of the 11 bastions of the Venetian walls of Nicosia.
Accommodation in Nicosia
Nicosia is the financial hub of the island and hotels tend to cater more for business travellers. You will not find as many accommodation choices as the rest tourist destinations along the coastline of the island.
There are a few hotels and plenty of small boutique hotels and apartments near the charming centre of the town to choose from. Most apartments offer accommodation for a minimum of four guests and can be surprisingly good value for money.
If you are looking for accommodation near the centre, during fairs or conferences, you should book well ahead. Good hotel choices include the Hilton Nicosia, the Cleopatra Hotel, the Almond Business Hotel, the Classic Hotel, the Centrum Hotel, and the MAP Boutique Hotel. If you are looking for homes with more privacy have a look at the Central Park Residence, the Manolia City Residences and the Angel Suites.
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Places to eat in Nicosia
If you end up in the modern part of Nicosia, there are restaurants in the streets and avenues around Makariou Avenue. For example the Th. Dervi avenue, is the so called ‘brunch street’, because there are at least five beautiful places serving breakfast, brunch, coffee and lunch there. Although there are a lot of restaurants in the modern part of Nicosia, you will need a car to get to most of them. Nicosia is famous for its many traditional kebab taverns where you will enjoy ‘souvlakia’ (kebab), ‘sheftalia’ (minced pork with spices wrapped in caul fat) cooked over charcoal and of course Mezze.