Host Country & City

Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia,  capital of Cyprus, combines both old and new in a busy modern commercial and business center and a centuries-old culture. The center of the city is it's old quarter surrounded by a Venetian sandstone fortress wall with a moat and heart-shaped bastions.

Mosques and palm trees give an oriental atmosphere to the old city. Wander round narrow streets with overhanging balconies and the beautiful restored pedestrian precinct with craft shops, cafes and taverns.

The new city spreads beyond the walls with a modern Europeanised center of high-rise buildings, office blocks, shops and pavement cafes. expanding into suburban residential areas.