I left early in the morning to Nicosia (Lefkosia), the capital of Cyprus.
All I knew about this city was that it’s divided in two parts, as the northern area of Nicosia is occupied by the Turkish. Well, even if you don’t know about this, you will definitely understand it by your own when you arrive.
Look at the mountains overlooking Nicosia!
Apart from the occupation fact, one thing I found out is that the old part of the city has the shape of a star with 11 points. Cool!
The highlights of the city are the archbishopric, St John’s Cathedral (1662 AD) and the most important Byzantine museum of the country, where icons and mosaics from the occupied territories found their asylum after being sold by the Turkish and rescued by smart collectors.
The main street of old Nicosia is Ledra, where on top of the Shacolas Building there’s an observatory that will allow you not only to have a look of the city from above, but also to nose around the occupied part if you don’t plan to visit it. If you do, you can cross in different points including Ledra Street.
After a delicious Greek lunch, I got back on the road to reach my new destination for the night: Kakopetria, a small village in the Troodos mountains.
There, a very special accommodation was waiting for me: The Mill Hotel, once a mill, now a guesthouse with a good restaurant open from midday to 11pm. This, together with free wifi all over the place, the unique architecture of the hotel, and the great privacy offered by its structure, were the things I enjoyed most of my stay.
Travel diary shared by Giulia Cimarosti