A Little Bit about South Nicosia

South Nicosia Street

Nicosia is the last divided capital in the world. You can thankfully travel from one end to the other end of the divided city with 24 hour checkpoints, but it truly is an interesting site to see the divide. Tourists will frequently walk along the green line to see the division of the capital, and isn’t a bad stroll to take for anyone.

Besides the obvious division of the city, Nicosia is a great place to get away from the beach tourists during the summer. The hot heat on the streets make the city not as popular with tourists, and it truly is fun to experience the country’s locals. Keep in mind to always carry water and sun screen, because the summer sun is very cruel in Nicosia.

In the city you will find great restaurants, clubs, tavernas and all sorts of night life that will match anyone’s speed. You could spend weeks in Nicosia without experiencing all of the nightlife.

Beyond that there are a large amount of museums, archaeological sites and other points of interest for the academics or those who just want to learn a thing or two about the country they are visiting.

You can easily get around the city on foot, bus and taxi. You can rent a car if you wish, but remember that Cyprus has a 0 tolerance policy for drinking and driving. Plus, there is so much you miss visually when you are driving a car rather than strolling along.

There is no shortage of accommodations if you want to stay in the city. From cheap youth hostels to fancy chain hotels, you can find something that matches your budgetary needs. We highly recommend the Hilton Park Nicosia hotel if you will not be getting to a beach. They have one of the most beautiful pools in the city.

Get a Unique View of Lefkosia from the Tallest Building in the City

Ledra Museum View

The Ledra Observatory Museum stands out in the skyline of Lefkosia as it towers over the not-so-tall city. Standing at 11 stories high, the actual height is nothing to write home about, but it does host a beautiful view of the entire city. The two towers give it the appearance of a mysterious Mediterranean castle that you will want to explore.

Unfortunately the bottom part of it is actually dedicated to a department store, but we aren’t really here to see the bottom half of it anyways. Once you go up you will enter the Ledra Observatory Museum.

In honestly, the Ledra Observatory “Museum” is not much of a museum. It has some photographs along with some history of the city, but you can look over all the information offered in 15 minutes.

One of the highlights of the video narrative is that you cannot see the green-line from the view 11 stories up, and that the city looks actually united. Wouldn’t it be nice? However, by now you’ve probably figured out it doesn’t appear that the two parts will be united anytime soon. To dampen the mood even more you can actually see some of no-man’s land that has ruins, barb-wire, etc. It may depress you, or fascinate you; it is interesting to see the green-line from an above perspective though.

Anyways, you will get a lovely panoramic view of the city from up here. You will want to bring your camera to take photographs. This place can get really busy during tourist season, so you may expect to wait to get a clear shot. I recommend going early in the morning to avoid some of the crowds, and avoiding it if it is a rainy day.