Things to Do in Ercan
There are many reasons to visit Ercan. Along with a wide selection of tourist attractions, it is also an area known for its festivals and events (especially those pertaining to the arts) - and, last but not least, its one of a kind nightlife.
In terms of tourist attractions, the most popular one is arguably the Cyprus Museum. Here, you can expect to find plenty of insight into the area's rich history and culture. Get a close look at some ancient artefacts and a few infamous paintings by the world's most renowned artists. Ultimately, if it's a cultural extravaganza you're looking for, your search ends here.
Another popular destination in Ercan is the Buyuk Han - a historical site best known for its unique architecture and interesting craft shops. It is also known as the Great Inn by the locals and is revered for being the most beautiful building on the entire island of Cyprus.
Another historical site that all tourists need to visit is the Selimiye Mosque. It is also known as the St. Sophia Cathedral and is both the biggest and the oldest Gothic Church in Cyprus. It is so large, it is able to house over 2500 people in prayer, and provides tourists with the opportunity to learn more about the Ercan culture and religion.
When it comes to local nightlife, expect your fair share of beach clubs and night parks, all of which are famous for hosting parties that go on well into the early hours of the morning.
For the Shopaholics
The Mall of Cyprus fulfills every shopaholic's desires and offers a variety of unique little stores to explore. It is also the perfect destination if you're on the hunt for Christmas gifts and trinkets. Shops that you can visit here include Debenhams, Accessorize, Alrifai, Bagatt, Aldo and more. Many fun-filled events are also hosted here - why not attend the Charity Bazaar? Or bring the kids along to enjoy many different festive activities, games and competitions?
The Nicosia Open Market is also a wonderful option. Get your hands on organic fruit and vegetables and take full advantage of the incredible prices. You can also grab a bite to eat or sample the local beers and wines at one of the quaint taverns scattered throughout.
As already mentioned, the Cyprus Museum is the biggest tourist hot spot near Ercan. It is known for being the largest and oldest archaeological museum in the area. The best part is that even if you have been there before, you can still expect to enjoy a few new and exciting finds, as there are constantly new items being added - and the museum itself is set to expand within the next couple of years. All in all, it is the perfect place at which to spend the day and take in hours of local history and culture.
The Buyuk Han has existed since 1572, making it an ancient building that is both beloved and celebrated by locals and tourists alike. It is a sightseeing attraction that every traveller needs to experience at least once in their lifetime. Once you've spent some time marvelling at its unrivalled beauty, don't forget to stop by the street vendors, souvenir shops and restaurants outside to make some more memories on your way back to your hotel.
The Selimiye Mosque is another visual delight that was built many centuries ago between 1209 and 1228 AD. Despite being damaged by earthquakes in the 16th century, it is still standing and is still in active use by local worshippers. It is incredibly large, so be sure to set aside plenty of time for exploration.
Beach clubs, bars and night parks - Ercan has it all. Here are a few of the top venues to add to your itinerary once the sun goes down:
Club Night Park: Known for having the best DJs and staying open until the early hours of the morning, Club Night Park is where you will always be able to find a party.
Zoo Lounge Bar and Club: Pumping music, a great atmosphere and plenty of dancing is what you can expect when you pay Zoo Lounge Bar and Club a visit at any time throughout the year. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating, along with handy parking facilities and a live DJ.
Escape Beach Club: Enjoy your evening out with good music and company, all on a private, secluded beach when you attend Escape Beach Club. Why not stick around a little bit longer and watch the beautiful morning sunrise?