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Paphos, on the southwest coast of Cyprus, is packed with awe-inspiring sights. It has several sites listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Paphos Archaeological Park is one of them, containing remains dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, and a great number from the Roman period. The House of Dyonisius, believed to be from the 2nd century AD, features mosaics floors decorated with mythological compositions and hunting scene.
There are monasteries to be seen, churches, tombs and the Vouni Panayia winery for a taste of Cypriot wine. Also worth seeing is Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite’s Rock, a mythological rock that is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite.
With a Paphos car hire, you can also extend your sightseeing to northern Cyprus to admire the stunning views of the coast. There are controls on the quantity of goods, such as cigarettes, that can be brought in from the north to the south, so before driving through a checkpoint check the restrictions and make sure your hire car is insured for both south and north Cyprus.
Fly into Paphos International Airport situated on the west coast of Cyprus. Paphos is a 20-minute drive from the airport. A car hire in Paphos will allow you to visit some of the most popular resorts, such as Coral Bay, also a 20-minute journey from Paphos, and Limassol, 50 minutes by car along the coast via the A6.
A wide range of options are available for car hire in Paphos. Choose from the following companies:
With a Paphos hire car you can also venture out across the island to the northern Cypriot towns of Lapithos (or Lapta in Turkish), a two-and-a-half-hour drive via the A6, and walk along Lapta’s coastal walkway. You can also go to Kyrenia, just over two hours’ drive, known for its harbour and its 16th century Kyrenia Castle, which houses the Kyrenia Shipwreck Museum with the remains of a ship that sank around 300 BC.
Nature walkers will enjoy visiting Polis, a small town situated a 45-minute drive from Paphos. The 4.5-mile circular trail in Polis offers spectacular views of the sea. The walk is fairly challenging and could take half a day to complete. We recommend appropriate footgear, a map and plenty of water.
Cypriot drivers sit on the right side of the car and drive on the left side of the road. Use of seat belts is compulsory. Children under five must never sit at the front passenger seat.
Always carry a valid driver’s licence, proof of insurance, and ID (passport). If you travel to northern Cyprus by car, the main crossing in Nicosia is Agios Dometios. EU passport holders with a ‘TRNC’ stamp should not have problems re-entering the south. Hired cars from the south, however, need to be insured for the north too. Check that you have the correct papers.
More helpful information on driving rules in Cyprus can be found on European Commission guide to road safety.
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