Ercan International Airport
Ercan International Airport (IATA: ECN) is the main airport serving Northern Cyprus, on the territory occupied by Turkey. It is located around 13 km east of North Nicosia, near the village of Kirklar (Tympou). Flights only take place from Turkey and all international flights need to stop at Turkey first before landing to Ercan. A new terminal is now under construction, as well as a new runway alongside the existing one.
Access to Ercan International Airport
Access to Ercan International Airport can be provided by car and taxi transfers as well as via the Ercan Airport Bus, connecting the airport with the center of Nicosia. There are also bus services to cities in north Cyprus, such as Girne (Kyrenia), Magusa (Famagusta), Güzelyurt (Morphou) and Lefke (Lefka).
What to do in Nicosia
Nicosia, capital of Cyprus and the largest city of the island, lies on the banks of the river Pedieos as an important international business centre. A militarized border divides the city and separates Republic of Cyprus and the part of Northern Cyprus invaded by Turkey. The Green Line at Ledra is the border between the Republic of Cyprus and the pseudo-state of Northern Cyprus; both sides offer places to visit, as Nicosia is an exciting urban city.
Starting your trip in Nicosia, you can dive in all the cultures and civilizations set their foot on the island of Cyprus, by spending some time in Nicosia’s many many museums! Cyprus Museum is the biggest and best exhibition of the island, displaying coins, sculptures, jewelry from the Stone Age to Roman Era, as well as treasures from the Ancient Greek Tombs of Salamis. Byzantine Museum also, built in the grounds of St John’s Cathedral, offers a large exhibition of Byzantine art at a time span of almost 1,500 years. Lastly, if you are into folk art, Nicosia Folk Art Museum, built in the city’s old Episcopal palace, displays embroideries, metalwork and pottery from the more contemporary history of Cyprus.
Next, as strolling around the centre of Nicosia, you will find Ledra Street, the traditional shopping street of Nicosia, sealed in 1963 and reopened in 2008. Spend your time in the shops and also climb on the 11th floor of the Shakolas Tower, where you can admire the city and the north-south UN buffer zone. Another beautiful site is the Famagusta Gate, as part of the Venetian city walls constructed in the Middle Ages, along with the remains of an aqueduct, built by the Ottomans in the 18th century.
Crossing from the Green Line to the other side, Northern Cyprus is also worth visiting. Visit Selimiye Mosque, a former Gothic church, combining all features of the western architecture of churches with two tall minarets, but also Büyük Han, an inn built in the 16th century especially for merchants and travelers, surrounding a small mosque. Today, it hosts galleries, studios and workshops for those admiring art.
Leaving Nicosia centre, you can explore places on the outskirts and at close proximity to the town with your private transfer, both on the south and the northern part of the area. An interesting trip to the Northern Cyprus is to the port of Kyrenia, a beautiful place surrounded by the peaks of Pentadaktylos Mountains and fortified by the Venetians. Stroll in the old town’s narrow alleys and enjoy this unique vibe. Climbing up the road from Kyrenia, you will also find St. Hilarion Castle, protected by white stone bluffs and offering a breathtaking view to the northern coast.
On the south of Nicosia, take a private taxi transfer to visit a small upland village. Fikardou portrays the traditional rural architecture of Cyprus, untouched by modern civilization. Take a tour to this village, firstly inhabited in the 400s, and admire its steep paths and quaint stone houses. Last but not least, 40 km south of Nicosia and surrounded by dark pine trees, lies Machairas Monastery from the 12th century and of a middle-byzantine style. The surroundings are unique, but also the interior of the church features beautiful frescoes, icons and chandeliers.
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