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Inside the Buffer Zone of Nicosia

culture walk

Inside the Buffer Zone of Nicosia

19 reviews
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Inside the Buffer Zone of Nicosia

culture walk

Inside the Buffer Zone of Nicosia

19 reviews
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

This is not a regular city walk, but a passage through a town frozen in time. It will give you an insight into the current situation of the Buffer Zone “Green Line” off the beaten track, 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 boarder 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. On our walk we will explore the Southern side of the city and follow the infamous “Green line” that cuts through the centre, 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 hotels of 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 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.

Your host

Eleni

Eleni

Hello (Yiasou) My name is Eleni and I have been living in Cyprus for over 35 years now. I don’t think you can really pin down my true nationality, my accent tends to be a mixture of all my travels combined and countries I have lived around the world. Born in London to a Polish Mother and Greek Cypriot Father, I am fluent in English and Greek with a strong knowledge of Polish. I love nothing more than sharing the sights, sounds and secrets with intimate knowledge of the best places off the beaten path, on streets rarely discovered. I've been leading recreational walks for many years, purely out of interest and passion for my city. I enjoy connecting and showing people around this great city and I feel the best way to connect is on foot! The intention is to leave you with an insider’s perspective of Nicosia.

What's included

Food
Cypriot traditional Olive or Cheese Pies (included in the morning walk)
Drinks
Cypriot Coffee (included in the morning walk) Cyprus Craft Beer from a microbrewery (included in the afternoon walk)

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Where you'll be

During the morning walk we shall take a short break at a traditional Cypriot pastry and coffee shop serving locals for over 76 years, where you will delight in the melt-in-your-mouth pastries, of which their cheese and olive pies are to die for! If you choose to include the afternoon trip we will visit the city’s first microbrewery situated inside a restored house from 1910, the beer is handcrafted, unfiltered and brewed on-site!

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Kindly note that our walk could last between 3.5-4 hours with our break, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes! Group Tours are also offered with a slightly varied itinerary, tailored to your needs. Please ask for details and all arrangements can be made.
Eleni
Inside the Buffer Zone of Nicosia
19 reviews
From $52/person
19 reviews
From $52/person