On this “a little bit of everything- River Path & Colonial Echoes tour” of Nicosia, we will cover medieval, colonial, and modern corners of the city.
We start by running part of the medieval walled town and its narrow streets, some along the division line. As we exit at Paphos Gate, one of the three gates of the walls we will run just outside them and enter the river Pedieos linear park. The river, although it flows only in winter, is the reason Nicosia was inhabited here in ancient times. A beautiful path and bike lane have been created along its bed, for the residents and visitors of Nicosia to enjoy. The path runs for at least 10km but we will loop around into the quaint suburb of Ayioi Omoloyites and admire some of the neo-Classical and Colonial architecture. Surprisingly the path also runs in close proximity to the Presidential Palace which was originally built by the British as the Governor’s office.
The Archaeological museum-a must-visit on another day-was also built during colonial times and keeps an amazing collection of antiquities. Nearby are the Municipal Theater, the Municipal Park, and the Leventis Gallery all must-see sights of the city. As we complete this tour we will have a little taste of the new modern commercial town and the downtown shopping area. Finally, we enter the moat of the Medieval walls and run under the recently re-designed Eleftheria square.
Nicosia River path and colonial echoes tour is a great way to get “a little bit of everything” of the city in 12km.