Nicosia: Inside the Buffer Zone, the last divided Capital

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This is not your typical city walk. This is a passage through a city frozen in time. Together, we’ll explore the “green line” and You’ll witness life as it’s evolved along either side of the schism.

Highlights

  • Explore the Ledra Palace Hotel, symbol of the divided city's past and present
  • The buffer zone, a unique and poignant reminder of the city's division
  • Discover the Venetian walls, a fortifications dating back to the 16th century
  • Walk the vibrant Ledra Street and see the monumental checkpoint
  • Savor the best cheesepie in the oldest bakery in the City

Description

You will experience an insight into the current situation of the Buffer Zone “Green Line”, on streets that are hard to discover without the experience of a local guide. You will see the Venetian walls and how they form a border around the old city, so unusual that once seen on a map will never be forgotten as a design synonymous with the unique shape of this ancient fortification. Our meeting point is located in a central location to the West of Nicosia and close to the old city. We will meet at a convenient parking lot where facilities are available, just before the Ledra Palace Hotel Checkpoint. The main bus station is an 8-minute walk from our meeting point. We shall commence our walk inside the buffer zone and then explore the south side of the city and follow the infamous “Green line” that cuts through the center, separating the city into southern and northern sections. This division has kept the two major communities, of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots apart for more than four decades. Our journey begins at the Ledra Palace Hotel known in its era as the largest and most majestic hotel in the capital. You will witness life having evolved along either side of this schism, something once impossible to do until recent agreements between the two sides to open border crossings. We will explore Ledra Street located at the heart of the aforementioned walled city now once again rekindled to one of the most popular pedestrian commercial streets accented by abandoned buildings reclaimed by nature through decades of lost time scarred by bullet holes, military outposts, and barricades. We end our walk in the old quarter of the City by the Ledra Street checkpoint, where I will guide you if you want to explore the North side of Lefkosia.

Includes

Guided walk parallel to the green line on streets less explored Inside the Buffer Zone by the Ledra Palace Traditional Cypriot Coffee at the oldest bakery in town Tips on what to see on the island (off the beaten path) Suggestions of best local food and drinks

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