Attractions

Historic Site in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Venetian Walls

The Venetian walls form a border around the Old City so unusual that, once seen on a map, you’ll never forget it. And that’s partly to do with its odd snowflake-like shape. Dating from 1567, the circular defence wal…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

AG Leventis Gallery

Located in the New City, this purpose-built art museum opened in 2014 and displays European paintings and sculpture from the 16th to 20th centuries. Divided into three sections, the gallery’s Paris Collection featur…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Cyprus Museum

Located opposite the municipal gardens, a 10-minute walk west of Plateia Elefherias, this excellent museum houses the best collection of archaeological finds in Cyprus. Highlights include a remarkable display of ter…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre

This contemporary art museum is housed in a former power station, and is the city’s equivalent to London’s Tate Modern. The former industrial setting is suitably dramatic, with looming pitched ceilings and some orig…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Leventis Municipal Museum

This museum concentrates on the history of Cyprus – in particular, Nicosia. The permanent collection includes traditional costumes, paintings, archaeological exhibits, and a historic and fascinating postcard collect…
Historic Site in Mesaoria Villages

Ancient Tamassos

Tamassos’ main claim to fame was its seemingly endless supply of copper – the mineral from which the name of Cyprus (Kypros in Greek; Kıbrıs in Turkish) is derived. A copper-producing settlement here dates from at l…
Monastery in Mesaoria Villages

Maheras Monastery

It’s a fair hike out to this sprawling monastery perched in the foothills of the eastern spur of the Troödos Mountains and under the all-seeing radar installation on Mt Kionia (1423m) to the south. The Maheras Monas…
Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

House of Hatzigeorgakis Kornesios

From 1779 to 1809, the House of Hatzigeorgakis Kornesios belonged to Kornesios, the Great Dragoman of Cyprus, who accumulated his vast wealth through various estates and tax exemptions, and became the most powerful …
Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Makarios Cultural Foundation

The highlight of the foundation is the magnificent Byzantine Art Museum, which has the island’s largest collection of icons relating to Cyprus. There are some 220 pieces in the museum, dating from the 5th to 19th ce…
Monastery in Mesaoria Villages

Monastery of Agios Irakleidios

Easily combined with an excursion to the nearby archeological site of Tamassos is a visit to this historic monastery which has been occupied by nuns since the 1960s. The original church was built in the 5th century …