Probably, one of the choicest places for shopaholics, Nicosia City is a centrally located financial and administrative capital of the island nation of Cyprus. Presently, it is a divided capital with barbed wire fencing and guard towers maintaining a Green Line which cuts across the Nicosia in two where the northern side is being monitored by the self proclaimed, Turkish backed government of Northern Cyprus. With traditionally decorated Greek Cypriot shops lining the narrow streets and lanes of the Old City which are timelessly charming, Nicosia is fast expanding and sprawling into neighboring areas.
Home to over 400,000 people, despite partition Nicosia has managed to flourish into a metropolis maintaining a cosmopolitan flavor providing most amenities required by a modern growing city. As the seat of five universities located here, Nicosia is home to an extraordinarily large student community which retains a kind of freshness to this otherwise hot semi-arid climate.