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.
Basic info and car hire in Paphos
Location: South-eastern part of the island, Cyprus
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.
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.
What to see in Paphos
Our favourite spots
Paphos Ethnographic Museum
If you’d like to escape the sun rays for a while, head to this quirky museum located In the Paphos centre. The museum will surprise you with its ancient artefacts. It’s also a popular venue for weddings.
Plan ahead and park your car on the right place.
Paphos Harbour and Port
A picturesque harbour with an amazing walking path by the coast. With a line of restaurants serving tasty sea food and tourist shops to visit on the way, the harbour serves as a pleasant walk for the locals and those on vacation.
Park your hired car near the Harbor.
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
A great archaeological site in Paphos, declared a UNESCO heritage site. The monuments date back to prehistoric times to middle ages. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful mosaic floors in the Roman villas. Bring an umbrella for a shade and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Plan ahead and park your hired car at the right place.
This site is most appreciated in low season when there’s less tourists and you can wonder around more relaxed. The castle offers great views over the sea, and you can spend hours just soaking in the history of this magnificent archaeological site.
Avoid misparking and click to discover the perfect parking spot for your hired car.
Hotels in Paphos
A family run hotel located in the narrow streets of Paphos, is a very popular hotel among couples. The hotel offers clean facilities and a very friendly and welcoming environment. The staff is very nice and helpful.
Capital Coast Resort And Spa
The hotel is your perfect stay if you’re looking for all the commodities of a hotel with a spa – with its hot tub, hammam, sauna and a massage centre, you’ll be treated like royalty.
Daphne Hotel Apartments
These apartments are distinguished by large rooms with a comfortable kitchen which makes them a good family option. Featuring a large outdoor pool, the place will keep you occupied.
Amphora Hotel & Suites
This apartments and suits have a modern architecture with a tasty design located along the coast in Paphos. Free breakfast is waiting for you every morning and additionally you can hire bicycles to make shorter trips in Paphos.
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!
Where to eat, drink and party in Paphos
Take yourself on a brewery tour and enjoy in the beer tasting and food offer – nibbles and dips, fish and chips, pizza oven... you’ll be taken care of!
The restaurant’s name reveals that it’s a perfect place for a romantic dinner for two – with great views over the sea and the surrounding gardens and pools, the restaurant also gives an amazing experience for your taste buds. Just don’t bring your kids, as the restaurant doesn’t welcome young children.
A great value for money pub, known for its cocktails and friendly staff. A big screen is always available for football fans to watch the game…
The Moonlight Taverna
A great taverna where you’ll eat some of the best moussaka sitting on a plastic chair and talking to the charming owner of the house. It’s a fun experience!
Major events and festivals in Paphos
For all opera lovers, this festival will bring you your favourite opera to the Paphos main square to listen to the loveliest arias in open-air.
When weather gets better runners gather in Paphos to run the marathon, half marathon and the 10-km long run. Join along!
Paradise Jazz FestivalSeptember
A jazz Festival dedicated to young jazz musician who gather I a friendly and open air ambient.