September destinations, Nicosia
We are here in Cyprus once more, trying to figure out if, of all September destinations, Nicosia deserves the first place. Let’s take a look and be biased later!
First of all, we should tell you that Nicosia is the capital city of the Republic of Cyprus, its main cultural and economic center and has been inhabited for more than 4500 years. It is an intercultural environment, with Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots cohabitating – sometimes not entirely peacefully.
Nevertheless, the quiet cultural tensions will probably not do much to perturb your trip. Nicosia is not just any capital city. It is a vacation resort as well, so there are many tourist attractions to explore here. Probably the most famous attraction outside the town walls is the Cyprus Museum, which reconstructs Cypriot history from Roman times, between the 6th century BC and the 4th century AD, until the Early Byzantine age. There are antiques to admire, artifacts and statues that will transport you back in time.
If you want to get familiar with the old fashioned life in Cyprus, you can stroll along the Kaimakli neighborhood, one of the oldest and more worthy of visiting.
If a stroll in nature is your idea of romanticism, just facing the Cyprus Museum, across, there are the Municipal Gardens, a green oasis of respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Greek plays are being staged here, in the Municipal Theatre that is also housed in the gardens, in the song of the birds and the aroma of the flowers.
St. Sophia’s Cathedral was built in the 13th century and is where the Cypriot kings were crowned. Today, it is actually the Selimiye Mosque, as it was occupied by the Turks.
If you want to travel around the island-country, you’d best book with Cyprus car rental to enjoy all the benefits of mobility.