Nicosia, a creative Mediterranean destination

The capital of Cyprus is recognized as a creative and friendly destination within the Creative Tourism Network®, both for its creative offering and for its innovative and sustainable vision of tourism.

Indeed, Nicosia stands out among Mediterranean destinations for its model based on programs and campaigns such as Ngage, a brand that promotes Nicosia as a creative industries cluster and a creative destination, or WAST – “Supporting Young Women in Alternative and Sustainable Tourism” – which is committed to a sustainable and inclusive tourism model based on creative industries and community empowerment.

Nicosia is a cosmopolitan city, rich in history and culture, which combines its historical past with the appeal of a modern city. Nicosia has long been home to various forms of art, including goldsmithery, silverware and ceramics.

The Nicosia Tourist Board has taken key initiatives to keep ancient artistic techniques alive, and to stimulate and strengthen the local creative sector, both in the city and in the surrounding villages, such as Fikardou, a flagship of Christmas crafts and traditions.

Nicosia is also home to a thriving art scene. In recent years, a new generation of creative and passionate artists has emerged and presented themselves to the public, establishing the city’s contemporary cultural and creative scene.

Design, fashion, crafts, performing arts, music, video, publishing are some of the main productive pillars, which are promoted by the city through the “Capital Creative Business District”, which rehabilitates many abandoned sites and entrusts them to artists and creative entities.

Nicosia has a unique offering of creative tourism all year round and for a variety of audiences: from backpackers to premium, MICE, female travelers, singles, seniors, millennials, food lovers, to name a few.