Nicosia, the largest town in Cyprus and capital since the 11th Century AD, has the distinction of being the last divided capital city in the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This remarkable city which is encircled by the old city walls, has managed to successfully blend its bustling modern day business and cultural centers with its historic heart while retaining its charming character.
Visit the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, dating back to the 7th and 4th millennium BC. This very unique and well-preserved site consists of a cluster of dwellings situated on the slope of a hill overlooking the Maroni river valley and is considered one of the most important prehistoric sites of the eastern Mediterranean, the site is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Continue on to the Cathedral of St. John, built in 1662 by the Archbishop Nikiforos. View the 18th century frescoes that embellish the walls with colorful biblical scenes.
Drive by the Green Line checkpoint at Ledra Street where you’ll view the Turkish side, which occupied half of Nicosia and the northern territory of Cyprus. The tour proceeds through the impressive Venetian Walls into the old city via the Paphos Gate. Enjoy some free time in the restored 19th century neighborhood called Laiki Yitonia. The quaint, narrow pedestrian streets in this neighborhood are lined with traditional houses, craft shops, taverns and galleries, making for a delightful stroll or souvenir shopping.
Need to Know:
Note: Tour involves a significant amount of walking and/or standing over even and uneven terrain with a considerable amount of stairs to negotiate. Comfortable, flat walking shoes with non-slip soles, light clothing and a hat are recommended.
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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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