Follow me on my one-week road trip across the island of CYPRUS in February 2017 – visiting Larnaca, Cape Greko, Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach, Nicosia (Lefkosia/Lefkoşa), Troodos Mountains, Paphos, Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock), Kourion, Limassol and Governor’s Beach.
Nicosia, Greek: Lefkosia or Turkish: Lefkoşa – whatever you may call it, is the world’s last divided capital – the capital of Cyprus. It is divided by the “Green Line”, a UN-controlled buffer zone. The southern part of town is Greek and the northern part has been part of the self-proclaimed “Turkish Republic of North Cyprus” since 1974! Crossing the border checkpoint at Ledra street, you are still in the same city, but it feels like you have crossed into another country. In North Cyprus, you pay with Turkish Lira instead of Euros, there are mosques, Turkish coffee and çay as well as typical Turkish food. North Cyprus is a de facto state that is considered to be occupied Cypriot territory by the international community – when you are there, you could easily believe that you are in Turkey!
The most interesting sights in Lefkoşa (the part of town north of the Green Line) include the Selimiye Mosque, Büyük Han with its shops and restaurants, Kyrenia (Girne) Gate, the Venetian Column with its pigeons and many more sights that mostly originate from the Ottoman Empire.
In the southern Greek Cypriot part, the museum and observatory on Ledra street is a must-do, giving a great overview of the city. There are numerous great cafés to hang out and relax.
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Click here to watch Part 2 (Cape Greko peninsula, Ayia Napa and Nissi Beach)
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