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Rent a car in Cyprus, the Mediterranean island famous for its turquoise water and white-sand beaches, and enjoy an open-road adventure. The island's major destinations, Paphos and Larnaca, are rich with history and easily accessible by car from two international airports. Explore the less-travelled, meandering roads in the mountain range home to Mount Olympus, a major skiing and hiking destination, and experience Greek and Turkish culture on your holiday to the birthplace of the goddess of love, Aphrodite.

It's your choice: Where to go in Cyprus

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.

What to do in Cyprus

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.

Important info about 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.

Weather in Nicosia, Cyprus
Facts
Country Cyprus
Language Greek, Turkish
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Eastern European Time (GMT+3)
Country Code +357

Good to know

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.

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Our tour suggestion for Cyprus

As Cyprus is an island, it's a given that travelling by car promises adventure. However, it's not just any island – here, you can delve into world-class cuisine, fascinating legends and history, and spectacular landscapes. For first-time and return visitors alike, renting a car in Cyprus is considered the best way to see the island. One favourite route among road trippers starts in Larnaca, where you can pick up a rental car at the international airport. Head to Ayia Napa to lounge on its gorgeous beaches before regaling in its vibrant nightlife (you may want to spend a few days recovering here). Next, set off to Limassol, where you can base yourself as you explore the small villages nearby, and then to Paphos, for a deep dive into history. Conclude your trip in the divided city of Nicosia.

What to bring to your friends from Cyprus

The Cypriot coat of arms depicts an olive branch, the universal symbol of peace and a food with historical significance to the people of the island. Given that there are 2.5 million olive trees on Cyprus, including some that are over 700 years old, there's no better gift than a local bottle of olive oil or fresh olives. Koroneiki olives may be the most common, but the megaritiki, kalamata, and kolovi are just as delicious. Be sure to check the label of the olive oil you purchase to make sure it isn't diluted, or buy from a local vendor to get the finest quality. Bring home some of Cyprus's sweet dessert wine, Commandaria, a special treat for the pickiest of wine connoisseurs, and explore the island's boutique wineries and sample unique vintages. You could also visit local artisans for handmade embroidered tapestries, which make great conversation starters for any room.