The capital of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicosia is a vibrant city, bursting with culture and history - both the island's ancient and the more recent. The last divided capital in the world, Nicosia (or Lefkosia as it is also known) has a unique atmosphere unlike anywhere else.
The old city, with its classic architecture and Venetian walls, contains a mix of museums, churches, bars and restaurants. A lively and contemporary feel exists alongside traditional culture creating an evocative atmosphere, unique to this city and completely different to the many beach resorts on the Island
The climate is typically Mediterranean and due to its location can work out as one of the hottest parts of the region during the summer. Summers are hot and dry (they can be completely rainless from May - mid-September), the summer skies are generally cloudless. Inland the Troodos and Kyrenia mountain ranges are refreshingly cooler. During the winter months, the weather is still pleasant although some rainfall may be experienced with anywhere between 117 - 133mm for Dec and Jan. Cyprus is generally a very sunny island, this goes for winter too with the sun out for approximately 6 hours per day. In summer there can be 12 to 13 hours of sun per day.