The 1000 year old capital of Cyprus lies roughly in the centre of the island within easy reach of the other towns.
To walk through the old city of Lefkosia is to step backwards in time. Narrow streets and old houses with ornate balconies jutting out from weather beaten sandstone walls, and craftsmen in small workshops practice trades unchanged for centuries. Laiki Geitonia-folk neighbourhood is a pedestrian section that has been carefully renovated to evoke the atmosphere of past days.
The modern city that has developed outside the walls is a cosmopolitan centre of business and culture. Lefkosia is regarded as the shopping heart of Cyprus, with a variety of restaurants, discos and bars.