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Crossing the Green Line

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With seven crossing points now open across the Green Line – the de facto border separating the northern and southern sectors of Cyprus – visitors can stay in the south and cross to the north as often as they like. It’s not yet quite as straightforward the other way around (cars rented in the north, for example, are not allowed to cross to the south), but things appear to become more relaxed each year. Visitors accustomed to heavily signposted checkpoints elsewhere in the world will be surprised at how anonymous these Cypriot ones are – on both sides of the Green Line. If you’re not careful, you can find yourself stumped as to how to get back so be sure to take a note of landmarks and directions and take a map (preferably two, owing to the different place names used either side of the line). The crossing points (west to east) are:

Limnitis/Yesilirmak

The most recent (and prettiest), crossing, in the hills above Kato Pyrgos. This represents the westernmost part of the TRNC (apart from the militarized Kokkina Enclave). The best crossing for visiting the Palace of Vouni and Soli from the west.

Astromeritis/Zodhia

The best crossing for Morphou/Güzelyurt from the main Lefkosia–Troodos road. Cars only.

Agios Dometios/Metehan

The closest vehicle crossing point to Lefkosia, ideal for Kerynia and the north coast.

Ledra Palace, Lefkosia

Pedestrians only, just outside the Venetian walls on the western side of the city.

Ledra Street, Lefkosia

Pedestrians only. At the top of south Nicosia’s main shopping street, and therefore the best for exploring north Nicosia.

Pyla/Beyarmudu

Best place to cross into the north from Larnaka.

Strovilia

The easternmost crossing point, and the most convenient for visiting Gazimağusa (Famagusta) from Agia Napa, Paralimni and Deryneia.

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