Cultural Centre, European University Cyprus, Diogenis Str 6, 2404 Nicosia, Cyprus
Map Link: Diogenis Str 6 (follow signs to the Cultural Centre)
City of Nicosia
Nicosia (Lefkosia), the capital of Cyprus, one of the oldest cities in the world, today is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan place in the Eastern Mediterranean, rich in history and culture, combining its historic past with the amenities of a modern city. The heart of the city, within the 16th century Venetian Walls, has a number of interesting museums and art galleries, Byzantine churches and a number of mediaeval and neo-classical buildings while the narrow streets retain the romantic atmosphere of the past. Much of the charm and beauty of Nicosia is to be found in the old city with its labyrinthine alleyways and elegant courtyard houses. Outside the Walls, the new city with its modern facilities is a cosmopolitan centre of a modern European capital.
Climate, Language, Currency, Electricity, and Time Zone
Nicosia enjoys Mediterranean climate resulting in very few variations and over 300 days of sun a year. The city experiences long, hot, dry summers, and cool to mild winters, with most of the rainfall occurring in winter. Best time to visit Nicosia is May, June and September, October when the weather is warm and sunny and the average temperatures are around 25°C.
The official languages of the Republic of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish, with English being understood and spoken by a great number of the population. The everyday spoken language of the majority of the population is Cypriot Greek, and that of Turkish Cypriots is Cypriot Turkish. For official purposes, the standard languages (Standard Modern Greek and Standard Turkish) are used.
The Euro (ISO code: EUR) is Cyprus' official currency. Cash machines (ATMs) are widely available. Most hotels, shops, restaurants and some bars accept all major credit cards. If you plan on travelling by taxi and public transport, it is advisable to bring some cash.
In Cyprus the power sockets are of type G (British origin), the standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Time Zone: Eastern European Time Zone (GMT+02:00).