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.

A Guide to Cyprus Nightlife

No matter where you are in Cyprus you will be able to find somewhere to indulge your enjoyment in the nightlife. Whether it is in a small taverna you stumbled up on in a village or having a bottle of wine on the beach with your sweetheart, nighttimes are magical in Cyprus.

When you really want a going out scene, you will need to hit up either Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Limassol and/or Phaphos. All have a little something different to offer, let us give you an overview.

Ayia Napa- If you really love partying in a crowd, this is a top European city of the nightlife. In short, you must stop by for at least one night. More than 20 nightclubs are along the main strip, in between those are bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Some places stay up as late as 6 am for those who want to dance the night away.

Larnaca- Bars, cafes and tavernas line the beachfront, and before you know it you’ll be swaying with the palm trees. If you want something a little more quiet and romantic, there are theatres and lots of restaurants scattered through-out the city.

Limassol- The nightlife scene here is pretty much a less crowded version of Ayia Napa with a refined twist that matches more mature tastes. If you are not into crowds, this is the going out city for you.

Paphos- This city features more family-friendly entertainment, but there are some bars and clubs for those seeking night life. This could be good for parents who can leave the kids behind for a night to explore, but don’t have to worry about the kids being in danger.

Nicosia- A city that is pretty full of itself, but it definitely has earned the more heady attitude. The bars, cafes and clubs have a more cosmopolitan feel that are, of course, a little more expensive. Great for those who want to deal a more tame crowd with refined taste.

The British Rule

The British marched their way right into the territory almost as soon as the Ottoman Empire came to an end.  A concurrence established between them and the Turks, that the residing community would have power over most of the native colony while the management matters would be looked over by the British. The foreign invaders wanted to have adequate power so that they’d secure a calculated settlement from where they could keep an eye on martial and marketable movements.

The British rule was welcomed with enthusiasm from the Greeks, as they assumed that eventually the result would be in their favor in the form of Cyprus uniting with Greece. The Turks, however, were less fervent. The British put together an action plan of uniting Cyprus with Greece in early 1915, on condition that Greece completed its treaty formalities towards Serbia when it was attacked by Bulgaria. The Greek government opposed this law and the offer of uniting Cyprus with Greece was never extended towards them again.

Each government in Greece and Turkey began to take active interest in political matters and regulations established by the British. In 1959, The Greek control and the Turkish supervision met in Zürich, to reach a negotiation. They drew the conclusion that independence would be granted to the island under assured state of affairs that would be satisfactory for both sides.

Cyprus would not enter into any sociopolitical union as well as economic issues with both the countries, nor would it ask for a partition.  Political powers were shared with both the countries.

The three countries, Britain, Greece and Turkey were guaranteed powers of Cyprus, which means any matter to be discussed or solved would go straight to them, making sure that by prevailing in their matters, the independence of Cyprus was not breached in any way.

The Bronze Age & The Iron Age

The Bronze Age:

As the Cypriots made their transition from the Chalcolithic period towards the Bronze Age, the use of copper became infrequent. Bronze objects were manufactured using imported tin. Art played an extremely vital role within Cyprus and its people, in the form of pottery, human figurines and writing poetry in honor of human race and natural life. There was no as such contact with the exterior world; hence most of the creativity came forth from imagination or inspiration taken from surroundings and the environment.

Cyprus Bronze Age

From 1950 BC to 1650 BC, the middle Bronze Age is marked, where the proof of first persistent copper mining comes from. Painted pottery was extremely widespread and many Cypriots took interest in this new form of art and expression. By that time, Cyprus was in contact with Asia and most parts of Egypt and had begun successful trading relationships with them.

Cyprus’s late Bronze Age (1650 BC to 1050 BC) is the most significant in its evolution, history and civilizing development. The Cypriots had spread their trading network across Egypt and extended hands towards islands in the Aegean Sea. Various towns were established, attracting attention of many invaders and settlers. Most importantly jewels were engraved and exported, along with ivory products and refined pottery. The Cypriots had learned to do calligraphy by then, in the most delicate form and sold their writing materials throughout Asia and Egypt. Also, by 1400 BC, visible quantities of Mycenaean ceramic objects were being imported from Greece.

Cyprus was a territory of harmony and tranquility and extended a helping hand in the form of trading and development towards many other surrounding islands and places. Goods were imported and exported and substantial amount of profit was made, providing the nation a good living and luxury. Around 1200 BC, the first Greek speaking immigrants made their way towards Cyprus causing commotion within the presiding communities, hence leading them towards a new phase of change and transformation, more commonly known as the Iron Age.

It is also important to know that it was during this very period of the Bronze Age that writing in the form of linear characters known as Cypro-Minoan, were modified from Crete.

The Iron Age:

Cyprus Iron Age

The beginning of the Iron Age (1050 BC to 950 BC) brought a great deal of Greek influence and domination. The pottery that the Cypriots had taken up so wholeheartedly was arranged more in the Greek way as compared to their native style. New religious beliefs as well, as cultural values were introduced, along with construction of tombs, chambers and temples. The Greek then were considered to be highly fashionable and introduced many different styles of robes and clothing. The use of bronze was now seen in the creation of vessels and containers. The Greeks indicated the use of their language more, although the residents of Cyprus continued to converse in their own mother tongue, and the foreign language was not forced upon them.