Nicosia 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. 

Kakopetria and Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis: Guided Tour

3. 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. 

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What people are saying about Nicosia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 31 reviews

This was a shore excursion from Limassol, Cyprus. The company reached out with he driver's name and contact info and his contact number and then sent a picture of the vehicle on the morning of the tour. Our guide, Cemal was excellent. He knew how to navigate around the crazy traffic and knew lots of historical and cultural information about the country where he was born. He was always mindful of the schedule and managed to fit in all the sites even though our day was a short one! I would highly recommend this company and Cemal.

I am impressed with Gemma on her knowledge about the places. She took me there as a first group of the place and let me have free time to enjoy atmosphere by myself. She is patiently waiting for me. North highly recommended this tour with her. She is so nice and kind to drop by on the way to get adapter for my IPhone.. It’s me happy day today.

Cool castle that visually merges almost seamlessly into the rocks. Magnificent view after you have made the climb. Afterwards nice village of Bellapais and monastery there (nice, but the highlight is St. Hilarion). Transfer and information about Cyprus/Northern Cyprus also great.

Some great scenery and history at St Hilarion and Old Nicosia - very enjoyable day and Gemma the guide was very knowledgeable

The tour is really recommended. Smooth booking and implementation. great guide