About Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Lefkosia (Nicosia), the island’s capital, combines both old and new in a busy modern commercial and business centre and a centuries-old culture. The centre of the city is its old quarter surrounded by a Venetian sandstone fortress wall with a moat and heart-shaped bastions. It is the largest city and capital of Cyprus, divided between the occupied North and the free part in the South. Lefkosia (Nicosia) is the last divided city in Europe and only here you can realize what means separation of a city!
Mosques and palm trees give an oriental atmosphere to the old city. Wander round narrow streets with overhanging balconies and the beautifully restored pedestrian precinct with craft shops, cafes and tavernas. Make sure you stop off at St John’s cathedral with its frescoes and the marvellous museum of Byzantine icons. In the evening catch a concert in the moat or an exhibition at the Famagusta Gate, one of the three original entrances into the old city, which has now been restored and is used as a cultural centre.
The new town spreads beyond the walls with a modern Europeanised centre of high-rise buildings, office blocks, shops and pavement cafes, expanding into suburban residential areas. Lefkosia offers the best in shopping and Stassicratous Street is the place for the ultimate shopping experience.
Of the city’s main sights, the Cyprus Museum houses the best collection of archaeological artefacts on the island, including a first century AD Roman statuette of Aphrodite of Soli and the original mosaic of Leda and the Swan, while the Leventis museum depicts the history of the town.
On your bike tour of Old Lefkosia (Nicosia) we will ride you in through the parts of the cities that only the locals know. On your bike you can enjoy architecture, tradition and beauty of the old part of the city.
Nicosia Historical tour by bike - Information
The bike tour lasts for 3,5 to 4 hours.The bike can be your best companion when sightseeing in the old city walls of Lefkosia, making sure you won’t miss out on any of the notable attractions! Our comprehensive touris especially designed to include all major sites in the last divided capital of the world. Starting from Solomos square we will head into the cosmopolitan and culturally diversified Ledras and Faneromenis Street. Then, we’ll bike towards the Old Municipality and Marketplace through the narrow streets heading towards the historic and oldest school of secondary education, the Pancyprian Gymnasium, established in 1812. The school is situated opposite the Ayios Ioannis Cathedral and Archbishopric. From there, we continue riding around Taktakalas area with its narrow streets and graphic beauty reaching Zemenides residence, Ayios Kassianos church and Aksiotheas street to admire the distinctive traditional architecture of the old “archontika”. Our journey into history continues with our visit to Kaimakli Cultural Centre and the Old Railway Station, constructed in 1905 by the British and operated until 1951. From there, we head back towards the old city walls and the impressive Famagusta Gate, the hallmark of the old walled city, and its interesting history since it was built in 1567 by the Venetians. Towards the end of our tour we will cycle along the old city walls so you can enjoy more features of the historic city from the saddle of your e-bike. Our tour and e-bike experience concludes with our visit to the Liberty Monument which depicts an important element of the island’s history!
Not ready to pedal in this tour? Try an E-bike
If you don't feel fit enough to follow the Lefkosia Historical Tour by bike we can provide you with an Electric bike. Let the electric bike do most of the effort for you. For more details and conditions please contact us
- The tour runs every Tuesday at 09:30 and it is a Guided tour.
- Meeting Point - Opposite Solomos Square - Central Bus station
- Duration 3,5-4 hours
- Cost: €45 (Includes the Guide, bike and Helmet)
- Not Included: Coffee or Snacks at stops, Entry at the Museum