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Basic info and car hire in Paphos

Location: South-eastern part of the island, Cyprus

Population: 32,892

Official language: Greek, Turkish

Currency: Euro (EUR).

Weather: Cyprus enjoys the 300 days of sunny weather, and the climate in Paphos is classified as subtropical and semi-arid. Summers are extremely dry and hot, almost all the precipitation happens in the winter months. Winter temperatures are mild and snowfall is very rare.

Public holidays in Paphos: to best plan your holiday, check for public holidays in Cyprus.

Internet coverage: Paphos is a modern harbour in Cyprus and offers free Wi-Fi in all major bars and pubs, hotels or restaurants, so be at peace to be able to connect with the online world.

Road conditions: Major cities Larnaca, Nicosia, Paphos and Limassol are all connected with well-maintained and comfortable motorways. We recommend you to wear sunglasses when driving. Some mountain roads might be closed in winter.

About Paphos

Sunny Paphos, a splendid harbour city on Cyprus is full of history and the ancient ruins in combination with clear blue waters make a popular summer destination for many British, German and Scandinavian tourists. With a car hire in Paphos you’ll see the ruins, ride the horses in the Mountain Horse Ranch and jump into the clear blue waters of the mystic Blue Lagoon. Cars are driven on the left side in Cyprus, a positive thing for the English, and something to remind the rest who drive on the right side of the road.

Cyprus, also known as the Island of love since the ancient times, is where the romantic spirit lingers and attracts many couples to marry or go on honeymoon. Cyprus is the cradle of love and beauty thanks to Paphos, the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty in the Greek Mythology. The island’s importance between the enamoured knew also Caesar Marc Antony, and gave the island Cyprus as a gift to his beloved Cleopatra.

Driving in Paphos

  • Age limits: if you’d like to hire a car in Cyprus you should be at least 21 years old (a young driver fee might still apply if you’re under 25 years of age. Also, to hire a car your driver’s license required that a driver has held a driving licence for more than one year).
  • International Driving Permit: If your licence is in Latin alphabet then, its most probably you won’t need it. If not, get an international driving permit before travelling. Check you supplier’s terms and conditions for more information.
  • Additional papers: You’ll need a valid passport, a valid driving licence with 2 years of age, a credit card in the name of the driver and a car hire insurance for your rental in Cyprus.
  • Additional requirements: Don’t forget your valid credit card
  • Children in the car: Children under the age of ten shouldn’t sit in the front seat.
  • Driving side of the road: Left
  • Lights: Headlights need to be used half an hour before sunset and half an hour before sunrise.
  • General speed limits: Speed limits are mostly clearly marked and resemble the speed limits in other European countries. Speed limits are marked in km/h not in mph.
  • Parking suggestions: In Cyprus, you’ll rarely get fined for misparking - a common people’s rule is -  if there’s a space, it’s a potential parking spot. That and other traffic behaviours (honking) result in a relatively chaotic traffic environment.

Drive your rental car around Paphos

Paphos has a lot of entertainment for you, but there’s plenty to see in its surroundings, especially if you decided for a car hire in Paphos. Just a short 10 minutes’ drive outside Paphos you’ll find the Eagle Mountain Ranch, an idyllic horse riding ranch. It’s a great choice for an early morning riding experience and you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the place, the friendliness of the people and of course, the adorable horses.

Another spot you must visit if you have the luxury of a car hire in Cyprus is Omodos, a village 40 km from the city Limassol. The village is known for its wine production, narrow cobbled streets and the Holy Cross Church. Dress conservatively if you’d like to enter the church. This lovely quaint Greek village will charm you with its wine mills and many local artist’s shops.

From Paphos you should head towards North and visit the Blue Lagoon – a marvellous coast with clear waters of intensively blue colour, which gave the lagoon its name. it’s a 50 km drive from Paphos well worth the drive!

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