7 Day Itinerary in Nicosia

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So you're planning a trip to Cyprus, but you're not quite sure what you should do. No worries, here is your 7-day Nicosia itinerary.

Day 1
Go to the horse races. The Nicosia Race Club holds 8 races, 2 days a week: Wednesday and Sunday during the summer and fall seasons and on Sunday and Wednesday during the fall and spring seasons. Paid entry includes a lunch buffet and cash bar.

Day 2
See the Venetian Famagusta Gate. This magnifiient gate was built in 1570 and it surrounds the city. Today it serves as the Nicosia Municipal Cultural Center. You can visit the gate Monday through Friday.

Day 3
You should put the Archbishops Palace and the Byzantine Museum on your list of places to visit. With artifacts that include mosaics, icons and frescoes that date back to the 1700s, you want to put this on your list of places to see.

Day 4
Visit the Cyprus Archaeological Museum. Built in honor of Queen Victoria in 1908, the museum has an impressive collection of artifacts from every prominent civilization dating to the Neolithic period. This is a must-see when visiting Nicosia. The museum is open every day of the year except for the 3 holidays of Christmas, New Years Day and Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday. Admission is very reasonable, with 20 percent discounts for large groups.

Day 5
Cross the Green Line. The city of Nicosia and the country of Cyprus are divided in half with guard towers and barbed wire separating Greek communities on one side and Turkish communities on the other. Whatever side of the line you're staying on, cross the Green Line to the other side to experience a different culture.

Day 6
Visit the Great Khan. This magnificent structure was built by the Ottomans in 1570. Its original purpose was to serve as an inn for the traveling caravans. The structure now serves as a museum, gallery and restaurant. You will want to get there early, because it closes at 5:00 pm and it's closed on Sunday.

Day 7
Go to the Selimiye Mosque. Originally the St. Sophia Roman Catholic Cathedral and built sometime in the 13th century, the beautiful building was changed into a Mosque during the 16th century after the Ottomans seized control of the city. It is possible to visit the mosque, but remember that it is a house of worship and has 5 prayer times each day.

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