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Cyprus’s capital Nicosia is split by an ugly ‘green line’, effectively dividing the city into two, since Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974. However it doesn’t detract from the magnificent history that both sides offer, and tourists are free to cross on day trips.
The old town of Nicosia is surrounded by 16th-century Venetian walls and is the most interesting part of the city. The Leventis Municipal museum is a great tour to finding out the hsitory of Island, once dominated by Mycenaeans, Byzantiums, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Persians, Assyrians and even the Knights Templer. The Dragoman Hadzigeorgakis is another museum housed in a gorgeous 15th-century mansion. Just east of the Leventis you'll find the museum of culture. Visit the Byzantine museum, for some fabulous works of art, including many religious icons and mosaics.
The well preserved, beautiful Famagusta Gate, which was originally the entrance to Nicosia, found on the eastern wall, is now used as a cultural centre. Just outside the city walls is the city centre and municipal gardens, where the modern town and tourist facilities, along with restaurants and bars, are located, a great lace to relax and unwind.
Atatürk Square is the centre of the North, and nearby is the well-preserved Kyrenia Gate. The Turkish museum, inside a 17th-century monastery, is worthwhile and the 13th century Selimiye mosque is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in the country. Another popular place is the Büyük Hammam, the city's largest Turkish baths, which can be a fun day out.
The north coast is the closest to Lefkosia, and there is a resort at Kyrenia, featuring good tourist facilities and a castle. But most visitors limit their holiday to the south and head for the great resorts of Lanarca, Limmasol, Paphos, and the party land of Ayia Napa. The mountains of the Troödos region, with a number of incredible monasteries, are easily reachable by car from Lefkosia, and provide a rewarding day trip.
Nicosia has a brand new motorway network connecting the city with Limassol and Paphos, so hiring a car is a great idea for getting around the island using these modern roads. We offer car hire at the cheapest available prices online from over fifty popular, well used car hire companies. Book today to secure a vehicle for your holiday. If you are flying into Larnaca Airport, the closest airport to Nicosia approximately a 40 minute drive south by car, then ensure to arrange collecting and dropping off the vehicle here.
Buses operate throughout Nicosia with OSEL services, which is great for tourists not wishing to hire a rental vehicle.
Taxis also service this area although they are run on a meter so can get expensive if used regularly.
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Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).