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The rolling coastal hills and white sand beaches of Cyprus are yours to discover when you rent a car in Paphos. Hit the road and explore ancient ruins and archaeological landmarks steeped in Greek mythology. Engage in your favourite water sport in the crystal Mediterranean, trek through a sea cave, or take a break from life at a village winery. Whether you're seeking the thrill of nature or historical charm, you'll find it in Paphos.

It's your choice: Where to go in Paphos

With a population of just over 66,000, Paphos is a welcoming holiday destination on the island of Cyprus. Fly to Paphos International Airport and enjoy a convenient 20-minute drive to the city centre when you rent a car in Paphos. The ancient area of New Paphos, enriched with Greek mythology, is home to the Tombs of the Kings and the House of Dionysus. The UNESCO-designated tombs, which date to 4th century BC, are now an archaeological excavation site, and the House of Dionysus, the god of winemaking and fertility, is a 20,000-square-foot villa decorated with mosaic floors illustrating mythological hunting scenes. Other major historical attractions include Aphrodite's Rock, a medieval fort, and the Baths of Aphrodite. The scenic white beaches are an ideal place for watersports or lazing at a coastal cabana.

What to do in Paphos

Explore epic coastlines on a wine tasting tour in Paphos. Cyprus has been producing wine for over 6,000 years and was one of the first Mediterranean regions to make wine. Xynisteri, a grape indigenous to the Paphos region, is used to make a sweet wine, Commandaria. When you rent a car in Paphos, join one of many wine tours, enjoy a picnic by the sea, or explore an ancient monastery. Water lovers can set sail on the Mediterranean to the Coral Bay sea caves, stopping for a swim in the crystal waters or an action-packed afternoon of jet skiing and scuba diving. History lovers can visit Paphos's many museums, which showcase village life and ethnography, along with ancient ruins and sacred religious sites scattered across the city. Head to Aphrodite Waterpark for a fun-filled day with the family. Attractions include a lazy river, wave pool, and twisting waterslides.

Important info about Paphos

Located on the Southwestern tip of Cyprus, Paphos is a coastal city divided into two districts, New Paphos and Old Paphos. The Mediterranean climate makes it a perfect vacation spot, with hot and breezy summers and short winters with moderate temperatures. The island doesn't often see rain, making it a favourite destination year round. The cool breezes of Paphos's coastline make even the hottest summer temperatures bearable. Visit the village of Peyia and the nearby sea caves, where thousands of years of erosion have created unique stone formations. The towering caves reach heights of 20 meters and once sheltered seals. Follow the scenic 20km coastal road from Polis to Pamos for breathtaking views of beaches and rugged coastline. A Paphos rental car puts all of Cyprus's natural wonders within reach, including the Troodos mountain range, Avakas Gorge, and Limassol's dunes.

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

Good to know

Driving a rental car around Larnaca is simple and straightforward. Whereas the main roads are great for driving, you should pay close attention to traffic regulations and signage to avoid fines. In Cyprus, be sure to drive on the left side. All passengers are required to wear seatbelts, and kids under the age of 10 are not allowed to sit in the front seat. You need to be at least 21 to rent a car in Larnaca. Larnaca's speed limits are similar to those of other European countries, with highway speed limits of 100 km/h and semi-rural speed limits of 65 km/h. Using mobile devices while driving is strictly prohibited, and the maximum blood-alcohol content allowed is 0.049%, lower than in some other European countries. All EU driving licences are valid in the country.

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What to taste in Paphos

Treat yourself to local Cypriot cuisine, which is often prepared with local olive oil, savoury herbs, and zesty lemon. Head to a tavern and try meze, a tapas-like platter of olives, halloumi cheese, and tzatziki sauce (yoghurt, garlic, olive oil, and lemon) served with freshly baked bread. The local street food is ever-tempting, with savoury souvlaki and kebab waiting to be served with toasted pita bread and pickled salad. Sample the hummus in Paphos, known for its Middle Eastern flavours; this creamy chickpea dip is stuffed with fresh olive oil and served with a squeeze of zesty lemon. Try stifado, a hearty meal of slow-cooked beef soaked in red wine sauce with onion, cinnamon, and cloves, often served fresh local yoghurt. Sample loukoumi, a soft chewy sweet dusted with sugar icing, found in the small village of Geroskipou.

What to bring to your friends from Paphos

Check out Paphos Market, a traditional tented market whose sun-bleached walls surround stalls selling souvenirs to take home to friends and family. Travellers can find handmade clothes, handcrafted jewellery, and leather goods here, and as much the marketplace is indoors and air-conditioned, it's a great place to cool off. Visit the shopping street that runs parallel to the beach for take-home goods such as brightly coloured pottery or handwoven embroidered tapestries. With over 2.5 million olive trees on Cyprus, a gift of local koroneiki, megaritki, or kalamata olives from a small Paphos shop makes an excellent present. Bring home some tasty olive oil for those who love to cook, or a bottle of the indigenous sweet dessert wine, Commandaria, for wine lovers. A bottle of zivania, Cyprus's national drink, is a blend of wines with an alcohol content so high it was once used in first aid. Bring back this 'firewater' for a lively friend.