Travellers flying from the UK can expect a four- or five-hour flight to either the Larnaca (LCA) or Paphos (PFO) airport. In Paphos, adventurous spirits can rent a car to drive down the coast and explore the historic tombs, ancient ruins, and the Archaeological Park of the Mediterranean. Stay at a coastal resort with stunning ocean views in Old Paphos, where the goddess Aphrodite is said to have emerged from a sea stack known as Aphrodite's Rock. Greek mythology abounds in Paphos’s archaeological parks, which boast grand mosaics. The bustling nightlife of Cyprus's southern port city, Larnaca, presents an ideal opportunity to grab a cocktail on the waterfront. Dance the night away or lounge on a terrace – it's up to you! This popular city is known for its coastal restaurants, which are ideal for people-watching by the sea.
Blue Lagoon Beach in Akamas proffers warm, crystal waters and is the perfect spot to hire a boat tour. Enjoy lunch on a ship and a snorkelling adventure in the coral reefs and coves. If you rent a car in Cyprus, drive just 50 minutes from Paphos to the village of Latchi on the Akamas Peninsula. Here, see Aphrodite's Bath, a natural cave surrounded by wildlife – according to legend, the pools promote longevity and fertility. Ayia Napa, renowned for its beaches, is a scenic 38-minute drive from Larnaca International Airport. Visit the resort town to relax and see the 13th-century Ayia Napa Monastery. The first Greek Orthodox monastery on the island, Stavrovouni, is located in Lanarca. See the towering steps and wander off the beaten path at this piece of history founded by St. Helena. Drive down an epic 12 miles of coastal road from Polis to Pomos for ocean views and sea breezes when you rent a car in Cyprus.
Cyprus is the third-biggest island in the Mediterranean. The independent country draws countless visitors annually with its natural beauty, fine wines, historical charm, and diverse landscapes comprising mountains, valleys, and long stretches of white-sand beaches. The Troodos mountain range, located in the centre of the island, is a popular skiing destination. Soar down its four ski slopes and snap photos of its highest peak, Mount Olympus. Travellers can book an evening at winter resorts nestled in mountain valleys. Explore the ancient UNESCO-listed monasteries and Byzantine churches before heading to the vineyards of the island, whose hot and dry summers are ideal for winemaking. Sample Commandaria dessert wine, the 'Nectar of the Gods' and one of the world's oldest named wines.
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Travellers must be over 21 to rent a car, and all drivers must have held a license in their home country for over three years in addition to an international driver’s permit. Renters under 25 may need to pay an extra fee. Drivers stick to the left side of the road and pass on the right, and seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 must use a child seat, and using a mobile phone while driving can incur serious penalties. Drivers' blood-alcohol level must not exceed 0.049%, and eating and drinking while driving are prohibited. The speed limit is 62mph on highways and 31-40mph in urban areas. Drivers are not allowed to smoke inside a vehicle, and there's an extra fine for smoking when a passenger under the age of 16 is in the car.