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About Nicosia

Tourists tend to overlook Nicosia in favour of the countless beach resorts that straddle the coastline of Cyprus. This is only to their detriment because Nicosia, the largest city in Cyprus, also happens to be it's most beautiful. Awash with museums, mosques, gorgeous colonial architecture and a brilliant variety of shops - from designer brands to independent craftsmen - it is the ideal holiday destination for those looking to revel in the glory of the "real Cyprus". Our collection of the best places to stay in Nicosia include charming and authentic boutiques and guesthouses.

Nicosia is the world's last divided capital. A UN buffer zone, the Green Line, divides the North and South of the island in two: the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus respectively. Due to recent thawing of relations between the two sides, it is possible for EU citizens to cross the border at certain checkpoints, like the Leda Street crossing. Leda Street also happens to be one of the most popular shopping precincts in the city, full of traditional jewellers and fabric makers and is a shopaholics paradise!

Nicosia is far from the English pubs and tourist tit-tat shops that abound in places like Paphos. There is an authentic Greek-Cypriot air floating through the city. Lefkosia, as it is known to locals, is the cultural heartland of Cyprus, where you can find cute little Cypriot cafes on dusty side streets and woodworking shops in shaded alleyways. The Hamam Omerye is one such example. A traditional Turkish bath, it was originally built in the 14th-century and it nestles within the old Venetian walls, and makes for the best spot of respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

While not boasting as many archaeological sites as Paphos, the city is a treasure trove of museums and art galleries. The Cyprus Museum has an excellent array of artefacts dating from the 9th-century BCE to the end of antiquity, while the Leventis Municipal Museum holds archaoleogical findings from as early as 2300 BCE. As for art, the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre has some amazing contemporary pieces and a great cafe. Spend some time walking along the old 14th-century Venetian walls and be sure to check out the Famagusta Gate and walk beneath the great vaulted passage. Close by is also a Roman aquaduct which is fascinating to behold.

What not to miss

  • Walk around the Old City and marvel at the number of mosques, churches and old colonial buildings scattered about.
  • Check out the Cyprus Museum and the Leventis Municipal Museum for a detailed and immersive history of the island.
  • Visit the Hamam Omerye, a beautifully restored 14th-century Turkish bath, and enjoy a quiet respite from the noise and dust of the city.
  • Walk along the old Venetian walls and through the Famagusta Gate!
  • Head over to the Nicosia Municipal Art Gallery and marvel at the incredible contempoary artworks on display.
  • Meander down Leda Street and check out the woodworkers, traditional jewellers and fabric makers.

This is authentic Cyprus at its best, so to be sure you bag a room at one of the best places to stay in Nicosia, we recommend planning your trip well in advance.

The best places to stay in Nicosia

Value chic

  • Arsinoe Guesthouse: incredible value for money, this charming little guesthouse is ideal for young couples looking for the kind of intimacy you don't get in a hostel. The bright and colourful rooms are delightful, and it is just 400 yards from the centre.

Boutique B&B

  • The Three Rooms Boutique Hotel: private balconies, stylish rooms and located in the heart of the Old City, this charming B&B is effortlessly cool. The rooms look out onto Onasagorou Street, which has some wonderful restaurants and cafes.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The best time to go is during the autumn, when the heat isn't too unbearable, (summer highs can reach 34 degrees). The temperature ranges between 11 and 30 degrees.
  • Fly to Larnaca International Airport and get the shuttle into the city.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Nicosia

  • Arsinoe Guesthouse 1010 Nicosia 5 rooms from $50

    Simple, comfortable rooms in the centre of Cyprus, which have an easy-going, colourful charm to them, with stone floors, terraces and splashes of bright colour along the walls. Just 400 yards from centre of Nicosia this is a relaxed base to discover the city from. Perfect for those on a budget.

    Local exploring  -  Located just 400 yards from the centre of the city with many of its attractions within walking distance
    Romantic Break  -  Ideal for young couples looking for a more private and authentic alternative to a hostel
    Local markets  -  Discover Nicosia Market market open on Wednesdays and Saturdays
    Sights nearby  -  Buyuk Han, a former Ottoman palace, is 1 mile away
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  • The Three Rooms Boutique Hotel 1011 Nicosia 3 rooms from $77

    Stylish hotel, ideally located in the heart of Nicosi’s charming Old City. Guests can relax in uniquely decorated rooms, all with bright and modern furnishings, two of which have private balconies overlooking the vibrant Onasagorou Street. The perfect spot from which to explore the Cypriot capital.

    Foodies  -  The vibrant Onasagorou Street is peppered with cafes and restaurants, perfect for those interested in tasting local cuisine
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of the Nicosia Old Town, this is the ideal spot for those who wish to explore the local area
    Value chic  -  With stylish double rooms starting at £61, this is a great value offer
    Sights nearby  -  Many of Nicosia's main attractions are a stone's throw away, such as Eleftheria Square, Solomou Square and Hamam Omeriye
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