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- There are eleven main car hire companies operating out of Paphos airport.
- You’ll ned to your driving license, passport and a valid credit card to hire a car in Paphos.
- If you are over 25 you’ll have no trouble hiring a car in Paphos however if you are under 25 or have been driving for less than three years you’ll find that the cost goes up considerably.
- Some of the rural roads around Cyprus aren’t in the best condition and you won’t be insured to drive on them. It’s best to ask for a map of covered roads from your rental company.
- Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory and is an immediate €80 fine if you are caught without one.
- Rental cars in Cyprus all have red number plates and whilst the police are a little more lenient with tourists, they do make you easily identifiable.
- The drink drive limit is the same as in the UK however there are a lot of random roadside police tests so don’t run the risk of drinking and driving.
- Not all car hire companies cover you to drive into Northern Cyprus, if this is on your travel agenda check your coverage before heading north.
- The normal speed limit on Cypriot motorways is 100 km/hr. The normal speed limit on main roads is 80 km/hr (outside built-up areas) and in built-up areas is 50 km/hr – unless otherwise indicated.
- Be careful on roundabouts, although they are common in Paphos, Cypriot drivers tend to make up the rules when it comes to them
- Cyprus drive on the left-hand side of the road the same as in the UK which is great for British tourists but something to remember if your travelling from elsewhere in Europe.
- The main road network in Cyprus is very good with wide roads and remarkably little traffic, if you’re not a confident driver you’ll have no problems driving in Paphos.
Guide to Paphos.
When people say Cyprus quite often the first thing that comes to mind is the alcohol-fuelled parties of Ayia Napa. In reality there is so much more to this island than its nightclubs and Paphos has so much to offer.
In 2017 Paphos was awarded the joint title of European Capital of Culture owing to its spectacular array of historical sites. If you are looking for a family break, a couple’s getaway or a historical adventure then book your flights (and care hire) today because Paphos is the place for you.
Things to do in Paphos
If you’d like to get out of Paphos for the day then why not take a full day tour to Famagusta. Cross over into Northern Cyprus and discover the historic treasures of Famagusta. Explore UNESCO-listed Choirokoitia, the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Salamis and the Monastery of Saint Barnabas, you’ll also visit the ghost town of Varosha. With so much packed into this full day adventure you’ll need a little rest on one of the many beaches that Paphos has to offer.
Cyprus is set on one of the longest coastlines in Cyprus and Lara Bay definitely won’t disappoint. It’s magical white sands and jewel coloured sea is only accessible by a 4X4 but its worth the little extra effort to get there. Lara Beach is a safe place for loggerhead and green turtles to nest and if you visit between May and August there is a chance to see the turtles arriving on the beach to lay their eggs. There’s a conservation station at the beach where ecologists work year-round to protect the turtles but there are no other facilities here so make sure you pack a lunch.
The Sanctuary of Aphrodite was one of the first historical sites in in Paphos to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list back in 1980. It’s the most famous of the Ancient Greek Goddess’ sanctuaries, and its ancient remains date back to the 12th century BC. Set on a hillside in the village of Kouklia. The setting is lovely with panoramic views down to the sea. Its on-site museum displays a huge range of artefacts found on in the ruins including some beautifully delicate white pottery. Only accessible via car or bus it’s is signposted off both the A6 and B6 highways.
Set a little outside of the town centre the Ecclesiastical Museum is home to a surprisingly large range of elaborate frescos recovered from ruined churches in the region, as well as wood carvings, crucifixes and crosses. It also boasts a comprehensive collection of ecclesiastical vestments, vessels, copies of scripture and impressive icons.
Cyprus isn’t widely known or its wine but once you’ve had a glass over dinner, you’ll find yourself hooked and wanting to know more. The Vino Venture will take you on a tour of vineyards in the Troodos mountains with a dedicated tour guide. With all transportation provided, you'll taste sample wines during four tastings and enjoy the scenery while driving through the Troodos mountain villages. With a traditional meze lunch you’ll find out more about Cypriot history, culture, and food. The unusual Grivas Museum & Monument stands around 4km north of Kato Paphos on the spot where the Agios Georgios captained by EOKA rebel Georgios Grivas landed in November 1954. The museum walls document the capture, including mug shots, as well as some of the seized rifles and ammunition.
One of the most immediately obvious sights in Paphos is its Medieval Castle and Harbour. During its long history it has acted as a protector of the town with men having been stationed there to watch for potential sea faring invaders, it has also been used as a prison and during British rule was the main storage area for salt supplies. Now the harbour is home to a delicious selection of seafood restaurants and chilled out bars.
The Tomb of The Kings is found in Lower Paphos and forms of the Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos, one of the most important archaeological sites of Cyprus that has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1980. Its spectacular tombs are carved out of solid rock and mirror the style of tombs found in Alexandria. Although they never actually housed Kings, they are the resting place of many high ranking officials and aristocracy.
Hrysopolitissa Basilica is a fascinating site that was once home to one of Paphos’ largest religious structures. In its most current reincarnation it is the small Agia Kyriaki church which is now used for Anglican, Lutheran and Greek Orthodox services. Several gorgeous marble columns remain from the colonnades remain standing while others lie scattered around the site and some of the original mosaics are still visible.
If family fun is what you are looking for then the Aphrodite Water Park should be top of your list. With rides and slides for all ages, live DJ’s and a huge range of places to eat and drink you can spend a whole day here with ease. Book online for the best prices and discounts and don’t forget the sun cream!
Paphos’ nightlife scene has slowly been expanding over the last few years, and whilst its still not quite reached the hedonistic heights of some of the other hotspots on the island there is still plenty on offer.
The Baywatch Cocktail Bar is unsurprisingly popular for its cocktails with the Pornstar Martini rating one of the best on the menu. It’s a loud vibrant bar with plenty of screens showing a variety of sports if that’s what you are looking for. Whilst the service isn’t the fastest the drinks and ambience more than make up for it.
Muse Café and Bar is popular with locals and tourists alike. With stunning views over Paphos and a spectacular atmosphere this should definitely be on your to-do list of an evening. With a varied wine and cocktail list and exquisite service you’ll pay a little more here than at some of the other bars in Paphos but in our opinion it’s worth it.
Different Bar does what it says on the tin. It’s owner Panos aims to make his little corner of Paphos totally different to anything else you’ll find in the city. Complimentary popcorn with your drinks, a long list of regular locals, live music and a stylish interior will ensure that you have the time of your life in here.
For something a little livelier then head over to the Loft Club. This is one of the only places you’ll find where you can experience modern Greek music alongside banging electo-dance music and a dash of pop thrown in for good measure. Weekends over the summer months tend to be very busy so if you are wanting a table with your friends its best to book in advance.
Eating Out in Paphos
Set on the coastline there is an abundance of great seafood on offer in Paphos but don’t be fooled, the grilled meats and traditional kebabs are equally mouth-watering.
Koutourou is a quirky little restaurant set in a beautiful square. Serving up a selection of fresh seafood and tasty tapas. The staff are more than happy to help with recommendations if you’re struggling and their local wine list will give you plenty to choose from.
It might seem a little unusual to go for Japanese in Cyprus but Plato is a contemporary sleek little wine bar that complements, quite possibly, the most extensive wine selection in Paphos with all your sushi classics. If chopsticks aren’t your thing then there is a small selection of other dishes for you to choose from.
Hondros might not look like much from the outside, in fact their slightly unusual choice of sign might be off putting for some but step inside and sample their seafood platters and you’ll be blown away. Sit on the leaf lined terrace in the summer months or take in the original works of art produced by the owner in the dining room if there’s a chill in the air.
Jayanta is another unusual one to have on the list owing to the fact it serves Indian cuisine but its rated as one of the top restaurants in Cyprus. Praised for its large selection of meat and vegetarian dishes as well as exceptional service, this reasonably priced restaurant won’t break the bank for those on a budget.
Kiniras Taverna is a family run restaurant, its been in the same family for four generations. Most of the recipes have been handed down from the current owners Grandmother so traditional meals are definitely the dish of the day here. Most of the produce and wine list comes from the family vineyards and farms and their homemade desserts are the thing of dreams.
FAQs for Car Hire In Paphos
How much does it cost to hire a car in Paphos?
You’ll find car hire from around €4 a day but prices are higher over the summer months. Booking in advance will get you the best prices and longer-term rental is usually cheaper than short term.
Which car hire companies are available at the Paphos airport?
You can choose from, Avis, Dollar, Firefly, Europcar, Flizzr, Enterprise, Payless, Thrifty and Alamo.
Which car should I get for driving in Cyprus?
Summer can be very hot so definitely consider something with air conditioning if travelling over the summer months. If you’re planning on going exploring, we would definitely recommend a 4X4 as some of the roads can be quite uneven.
How far is it from Paphos Airport to the city?
It’s 15km from the airport to the city centre and should take around 25 minutes to drive.
Anything else I should know?
Mopeds are very popular around Paphos and they tend to ignore the rules of the road so keep an eye out for them.
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