Nicosia, (Lefkosia), is the largest city on the island of Cyprus and the capital and seat of government of the Republic of Cyprus, and as such is the farthest southeast of all EU member states' capitals. Apart from its legislative and administrative functions, Nicosia has established itself as the island's financial capital and its main international business centre.

Having being continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years, Nicosia is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Today, the city is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan place in the area, rich in history and culture and combines its historic past with the amenities of a modern city. Nicosia was a city-state known as Ledra or Ledrae in ancient times. Ledra in Hellenic and Roman times was a small, unimportant town, also known as Lefkothea. The Greek name of Nicosia, "Lefkosia", probably comes from Lefkos, son of Ptolemy I of Egypt, who rebuilt the city in the 3rd century B.C.

Still known as Lefkosia, the city became the island's capital around the 10th century. It had grown in importance because of threats to the coastal cities Paphos and Salamis, which made many people flee to the centrally located Lefkosia. In 1567, the Venetians took over the island, and built the fortification with the eleven bastions, that one can still see today. Nicosia though, has a history dating long before that period, and has been the capital of the island since 1192, when a French Royal family, the Lusignans, made it their capital. They built an important number of monuments, such as churches, monasteries, palaces, etc. Nicosia had 250 churches and the town was much larger than the one built by the Venetians, who had destroyed a large number of original buildings to construct the fortifications.

Currently, the city within the walls retains a very strong folkloric character that combines, commercial and cultural activities to give a real sense of the old city, its architectural character and its tradition.

Classic Hotel Nicosia

94 Rigenis Str, 1513, Nicosia – Cyprus;
Website : Classic Hotel Nicosia

The TSS attendance fee includes accomodation, at this hotel. You do not need to make a reservation with the hotel.

Package Early Registration (before April 10th) Late Registration (after April 10th)
Students* 370 € 420 €
Industry Professional 700 € 770 €

* University membership required

The package of TSS 2017 includes:

  • 3 nights in shared double room (twin beds);
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (one with welcome reception) and coffee breaks;
  • 2 social events including transport;
  • Transport to ETS venue on 22 May 2017;
  • Access to Test Spring School material & WiFi access.

Walled City Guided Tour:

Saturday 20 May 2017, 18:00 - 22:30

Pass through most important monuments of the city

Dinner with traditional local cuisine.

Beach Party at Larnaca:

Sunday 21 May 2017, 17:00 - 22:30

Organized activities by the beach.

Dinner on the beach.