Nicosia, the vibrant capital of North Cyprus, is a city steeped in history and cultural diversity. As the world's last divided capital, Nicosia offers a unique glimpse into a blend of Greek and Turkish Cypriot heritage, showcased through its rich architecture and historical sites. Key attractions include the iconic Venetian walls that encircle the old city, and the bustling Ledra Street, where visitors can experience local crafts, cuisine, and the dynamic atmosphere of this fascinating region.

Despite its complex political situation, Nicosia remains a beacon of culture and commerce in North Cyprus. The city thrives on its educational institutions, museums, and art galleries, promoting both traditional and contemporary arts. Nicosia also serves as a critical hub for the political and economic activities on the island, making it a pivotal city for both locals and tourists seeking to understand the essence of Cyprus.

Dervish Pasha Mansion
          Dervish Pasha Mansion was constructed in the late of 18th century and its name comes from its owner Dervish Pasha. The mansion has two floors which the ground floor is made of stones and the first floor is made of bricks. The first floor was used as a resident but the ground floor was a store. The mansion was lack of care for long time until it was restored by 1988. After restoration the mansion has been transformed to a museum and opened to public visit in the early 1989.
Mevlevi Tekke Museum
          Mevlevi Tekke Museum was built about in the late of 16th century by Arab Ahmet Pasha after the island was captured by Ottoman Empire in 1571. Between 16th century and 1920 the building was used as a lodge until lodges were prohibited by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It was used for the religious purposes until its last sheikh was died in 1955 and the building was converted into a museum because of its aesthetic and historical worth.
Selimiye Mosque
          The remarkable narthex, when its sculptured panels of Pentelic marble, remains as it was when built by Arc Bishop John de Polo in 1326. The construction of this magnificent building was started in 1209 and was partially completed by 1326. Precisely in the middle of Nicosia stands its noblest and most arresting monument, Selimiye Mosque, once the cathedral of the Lusignan kings and now the chief mosque of North Cyprus.

A product of the best French work of the thirteenth century, harmonious in its proportions and beautiful in its ornament, this glorious building dominates not only the town but the entire vicinity, while its twin minarets, rising slender and graceful from two unfinished Gothic towers, embody in this combination the very essence of the Latin East and with the inclusion of the minarets, the Ottoman architecture. It is strongly advised that visitors take the opportunity to visit this masterplace.
Bedesten (Old Market Place)
          The building was constructed in the 12th century as a Byzantine church (The St. Nicholas Church). It was later enlarged by some Gothic annexes built by the Lusignans. After some more changes in the Venetian period, the building with its different architectural styles is of a hybrid nature in the Ottoman period, it served as a depot and a market where mostly textile products were sold. The masonry on its northern entrance resembles the masonry on the entrance of the St. Sophia Cathedral.
Nicosia City Walls and the Gates
          The Nicosia City Walls was constructed by Venetians in 1567 in order to fortify the city defence against the Turkish attacks and the walls cover all the city center. The walls were just like bridges between three big gates "Kyrenia Gate", "Famagusta Gate", "Paphos Gate" which were the only ways for connection and transportation from/to city. Venetians demolished the houses, churches and other constructions around the city and they used stones of those constructions in order to build the walls. The city was conquered by the Ottomans though because Venetians had not enough time to complete the construction of walls.
Buyuk Han (The Great Inn)
          The Great Inn is known to has been built by the first Turkish governer appointed to Cyprus, commander Muzaffer Pasha in 1573. Architects used the materials of different ruins and old structures in Cyprus for the construction of the inn. The rooms in the ground floor were being used for shopping, catering and entertainment while the upper floor was being used for accommodation and resting place. The Great Inn differs from its similars in Anatolia because of its two entrances.
Kumarcilar Han (The Gambler's Inn)
          This hybrid Ottoman structure was built approximately in the late of 17th century. The arch at the entrance of building was supposed to be moved from another structure because of its Gothic architecture style. The inn has a rectangular shape, it consists of two floors. The ground floor was being used to keep the animals and goods that traders have and the upper stair was being used for accommodation just like the Great Inn.
Touring Nicosia, North Cyprus with Ease

Discover the vibrant city of Nicosia with Bellapais Rent A Car, where convenience meets heritage. Our car rental services offer the perfect solution for exploring Nicosia and its surroundings at your own pace. Whether you're interested in the rich history, the bustling markets, or the tranquil landscapes, our fleet is equipped to guide you comfortably on your journey.

Suggested Routes: Our expertly curated routes are designed to enhance your experience. Start your adventure in the heart of Nicosia, exploring the historic walls and vibrant streets, then venture to the outskirts to visit Bellapais Monastery. This route combines the urban charm of Nicosia with the serene beauty of the monastery, offering a comprehensive glimpse into the diversity of North Cyprus.

Customizable Packages: Choose from a variety of rental packages that cater to different needs and interests. Whether you're looking for a quick day trip or an extended exploration, we have options that include visits to not just historic city Nicosia, but other significant sites such as the ancient ruins at Salamis at Famagusta and the stunning old harbour of Kyrenia.

Exclusive Offers for Nicosia Visitors

Bellapais Rent A Car is delighted to offer special promotions for tourists interested in exploring Nicosia's historical sites. We believe in making cultural exploration both accessible and enjoyable.

  • Discounted Rates: Show your entry ticket to any of Nicosia’s museums or historical sites and enjoy a discount on your car rental. Experience more for less as you dive into the history of this fascinating city.

  • Cultural Explorer Bundle: This exclusive bundle is designed for history buffs and cultural enthusiasts. It includes discounted rates on multi-day rentals, a free upgrade on vehicle class for added comfort, and a complimentary guidebook filled with historical insights and tips to enhance your visit.

  • Seasonal Specials: Keep an eye out for our seasonal specials, especially during cultural festivals and events in Nicosia. These specials often include additional perks like free additional drivers and flexible booking options to ensure that your visit is hassle-free.

Explore Nicosia with Bellapais Rent A Car and uncover the rich tapestry of history and culture at your own pace, with the freedom and flexibility that only a personal car can provide.

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