Nicosia, Cyprus

Ancient & Modern... With a population of around 250,000 Nicosia is the bustling cosmopolitan capital city of Cyprus. It provides an alternative 'take' on the more familiar view of the island as a popular holiday destination known for its sun-kissed beaches, watersports and thriving nightlife in Paphos and Agia Napa. In many ways it is typical of other capital cities. It is the centre of the country's commercial, financial, diplomatic and political life - complete with a rich diversity of cultural attractions and all the lifestyle trappings that define a modern European society. Retail therapy is available in abundance with shopping malls and major stores such as Marks & Spencer, IKEA, Debenhams, NEXT and Carrefour. The ancient, narrow streets of the city centre hide a rich variety of boutiques, coffee shops, wine bars - and an eclectic choice of restaurants offering traditional Cypriot to international cuisine.

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Here, There & Everywhere... If you are a 'city dweller' but like the idea of what the rest of Cyprus has to offer, a big attraction of living in Nicosia is how easy it is to enjoy this beautiful island of contrasts. The fast, modern motorway network connects to the major coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos within convenient drive times. The city is served by the international airports at Larnaca and Paphos with regular flights to major UK, mainland Europe and Middle Eastern destinations for leisure and business travellers alike.

The south western outskirts of Nicosia beckon you on an upward, winding journey towards the Troodos. This is the largest and highest mountain range in Cyprus, where Mount Olympus peaks at a breathtaking elevation of 1,952 metres. This is the heart of the islandís rugged and natural beauty - and home to a way of life that time forgot. The Troodos mountain range stretches across much of the western side of Cyprus. There are many famous mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries and churches on mountain peaks with mountain villages clinging to terraced hill slopes. Among the sights are nature paths that wind through pine forests to the refreshing Caledonian and Millomeri waterfalls.

Skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus - usually from the beginning of January to the end of March. In fact Cyprus is one of the few places in the world where on the same morning you can ski - and in less than an hour swim or sunbathe at the coast.

Whichever way you turn, Nicosia and the Troodos help you live life to the full!

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