Cyprus is surrounded by stunning beaches and topped with spectacular forest-coated mountains. At its heart is the lively capital of Nicosia...
Due to the beautiful scenery, balmy weather and sights around the area, this is a very popular tourist destination.
As such, for those considering holidaying in Nicosia, flights should be booked well in advance. Flights to Nicosia are reasonably priced and land in Ercan International Airport (ECN), as they operate via the Turkish mainland. Those looking for flights to Nicosia could also consider arriving at the airports of Larnaca and Paphos, in the Greek southern part of Cyprus. These can be reached directly from many UK airports.
The city houses a wealth of fascinating historical attractions that will keep history enthusiasts entertained for days. You can visit Cyprus Museum, which showcases a collection of Cypriot artefacts dating to the ninth millennium BCE.
Leventis Municipal Museum is also worth visiting; here you'll find exhibits that date as far back as 2400 BC, housed inside a beautiful two-storey building. This museum has been awarded the title of European Museum of the Year. If you visit these two and find yourself hungry for more history, take a stroll around the Byzantine Museum, which contains an incredible collection of Orthodox artwork and coins, ranging from the ninth to the 16th century.
Buyuk Han is another interesting sight. This is the largest Cypriot caravanserai - a roadside inn - and is thought by many to be one of the island's finest pieces of architecture. It was constructed in the year 1572 by the Ottomans.
For those who enjoy fine architecture, the cathedrals of St Sophia and St John's (known as Agios Ioannis) must be visited, as should the beautiful medieval town centre and the Roman ruins. The city is an ideal base from which to explore other resort areas such as Kyrenia and Famagusta, both of which have fantastic beaches and hiking trails.
No man's land is another interesting spot in Nicosia. This is a space which is frozen in time, with every slab of pavement, beam, window and brick exactly how it was during the Turkish invasion of 1974. This area is protected by UN soldiers.
As a final tip, if you cross the border to Cyprus at Ledra Street, remember to have your passport ready for inspection.