Nicosia District Culture & history

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From Nicosia: Half-Day St. Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Tour

1. From Nicosia: Half-Day St. Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Tour

You'll visit St. Hillarion Castle reminiscent of Walt Disney's fairytale film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which was inspired by this castle. Spend around 1.5-hours to climb all the way to the top.  Then, continue through the craggy Five Fingers (Pentadaktylos) Mountains to Bellapais Abbey, a French Gothic styled monastery spectacularly set on a mountain terrace for incredible views. Discover the ruins of this 13th-century Augustinian Abbey with a licensed guide and a great view of Kyrenia's epic seascape far below. Another 30 minutes will be given to relax with a coffee break in a peaceful atmosphere.

Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

2. Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

Join this tour to explore St. Hilarion fairytale castle for 1.5-hours before you move onto the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountain. Visit Nicosia, the only divided capital city of Cyprus, and have lunch in the Great Han built by the Ottoman empire. After lunch, experience both its Greek and Turkish areas on this half-day trip from Nicosia. Walk into Nicosia's walled old city to visit Büyük Han and Selimiye Mosque, once St. Sophia Cathedral. Embark on a great tour for history and culture buffs. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the lively lanes and streets. 

From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

3. From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

Discover the charm and scenery of the Troodos Mountains on a day tour from Paphos. Pass small villages and experience the traditional Cypriot life. As you travel high into the hills you will have your first stop in Platanisteia Village. In Platanisteia village you will visit the printmaking museum. Next, travel to Arsos village for a quick coffee break. Discover Tzelefos bridge, which is part of the Venetian Bridges nature trail which connects three of the Venetian Bridges of Pafos Forest. The location around the bridge is perfect for all nature lovers but also for photographers. Do not miss the opportunity to capture the perfect picture. Continue to the village of Kalopanayiotis where you will enjoy traditional Cyprus lunch. After lunch, visit the Ayios Lambadistis Monastery. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a complex of three churches - Ioannis Lampadistis, Agios Irakleidios, and a Latin chapel - all under a single, enormous timber roof. Before heading back to your pickup location, you will enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

Kakopetria and Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis: Guided Tour

4. Kakopetria and Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis: Guided Tour

Visit an 11th century UNESCO World Heritage site at Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis painted church, a former monastery where only the chapel survives. The frescoes are superb, dating from the 11th century onward.  Meander inside the picturesque old part of Kakopetria village - visit old olive press, an old church and watermill. Take a short walk along a shaded stream opposite the old part of Kakopetria village. Cyprus coffee on a coffee shop veranda overlooking the stream is highly recommended, as is a fresh trout meal at a nearby restaurant. Enjoy a customisable route, choosing between Panagia tis Asinou Unesco World Heritage church and of Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis; having a meal in Kakopetria or taking an easy 7 kilometer Artemis walk on the top of Cyprus, or even Caledonia walking trail above Platres village. 

From Nicosia: Famagusta and Kyrenia Circle Day Trip

5. From Nicosia: Famagusta and Kyrenia Circle Day Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel, you will head out to the northern part of Cyprus. There you will get the chance to observe the Mesaria Plain, Kyrenia Mountain and numerous villages where the Greek and Turkish used to live together before 1974. Upon arrival, you will begin by exploring Varosha, a once vibrant tourist quarter of Famagusta, but now a ghost town due to conflicts in the 1970s. Afterwards, you will head to the Famagusta City Wall, where you'll see the Saint Nicolas Cathedral, now known as the Lala Mustafa Mosque. You will then have 40 minutes of free time to explore the area and enjoy some coffee. Your tour will resume with a visit to the ancient city-kingdom of Salamis. There, you will be taken on a guided tour around the archaeological site, which includes a beautiful ancient Greek theater, marble columns, Roman baths and a gymnasium. Afterwards, you'll have the option of stopping for 45 minutes to enjoy some lunch at a nearby restaurant. You will then head back out on a 75-minute drive to Kyrenia. You'll also have the chance to stop at Iskele/Bogaz fishing harbor village for a coffee break (depending on time). At Kyrenia, you will first stop at Bellapais to see the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountains. Finally, you will have 20 minutes to explore the harbor town of Kyrenia, which is regarded as the jewel of North Cyprus.

From Nicosia: Paphos Full-Day Private Tour with Guide

6. From Nicosia: Paphos Full-Day Private Tour with Guide

Explore the ancient sites of Paphos on this guided tour from Nicosia. Visit the area's most important historical attractions. Explore the villas of 4 Roman noblemen, the House of Dionysos, Theseus, Aion and Orpheus. Stop at the rock where Aphrodite allegedly emerged from the sea. Stop a few kilometers before Paphos to visit Petra tou Romiou or the Aphrodite Rock. Hear the legend of how the goddess of beauty and love emerged from the sea at the site of this rock. Visit the Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos, which has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1980. Check out the Paphos Mosaics, considered among the finest in the eastern Mediterranean. Learn about Greek mythology from the intricate floor mosaics depicting Greco-Roman daily life. Experience the tranquil atmosphere made of historical ruins, tourist resorts, quiet countryside, and quaint harbor. Continue to other iconic sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages in the Park. See the Asklepieion, the Odeon, the Agora, the Saranta Kolones Castle, and the Limeniotissa ruins of an Early Christian Basilica. Retrace history as you marvel at the ruins in Paphos. Soak in the spectacular views of the mountains and the sea in this coastal town. Get lost in the legends of love, magnificent mosaics, archaeological wonders and captivating coasts.

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What people are saying about Nicosia District

Wonderful experience thanks to an exceptional guide like Nemo, a helpful and competent person who, luckily for us, speaks Italian. A dense, exciting and unforgettable day.

We had really nice day out. Lady called Tatjana who introduced us everything about places we went was fantastic. Can ask more. Very satisfied

They were very communicative and efficient. We got to see so many things in one day and learned a lot! I would recommend this tour :)

Viola was an excellent guide. Now we know many things about Cyprus. Thank you. Jaroslav

It was a whole day activity. The guide and also the driver were professional.