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Cyprus sits in the middle of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, and it's the third largest island in the Med after Sicily and Sardinia. It's by no means lacking in gorgeous places for a holiday though! Note that although political tensions have eased between Cyprus and Northern Cyprus, these are still two very different destinations. If you're after advice on hiring a car in Northern Cyprus then head to our destination page for more information.

Since the start of low-cost flights to Cyprus, holidays here have become more and more popular. There is everything from ancient ruins to fun attractions, wonderful water sports including scuba diving and snorkelling, and in Ayia Napa, one of the biggest party resorts in the Mediterranean as well. The public transport hasn't really kept up though, so if you want to be able to head out of the resort you're staying in, car hire in Cyprus is most definitely the way to go.

Expect holiday resorts with all the mod-cons at hand, with plenty of wide open spaces dotted with tiny Cypriot villages, especially as you head into the mountains. Hiring a car in Cyprus really is the best way to make the most of all of this.

Hiring A Car In Cyprus

It's best to arrange your cheap Cyprus car hire in advance - with only two airports bookings can go through the roof in the peak holiday periods, and it's nice to know you've already secured the car you want for a good price when you head over to the car desks at arrivals. It's easy to pick up car hire at Paphos Airport as well as at Larnaca Airport but you will find that away from these points car hire in Cyprus can be harder to come by and will most certainly cost more.

There's no need to worry when it comes to driving your hire car in Cyprus as they drive on the left, and the roads are pretty quiet for the most part. The resorts themselves can get busy, but as soon as you head away from civilisation you'll find nothing but beautiful surroundings and wonderful scenery.

Places To Visit In Cyprus

Once you've settled in to your hotels you can start to plan your outings. And here are some ideas to get you started:

Aphrodite's Rock - is the home of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, from Greek mythology. Located on a pretty beach, apparently swimming around the rock three times will get you your heart's desire. We think it looks dangerous.

Paphos Archaeological Park - crammed with ancient Roman ruins, and some of the world's best-preserved mosaics, whether you're near or far this is a must-see.

Greko National Park - get back to nature with a day in this stunning park in south east Cyprus. Watersports like scuba, snorkelling, sailing and fishing and land-based activities like horse-riding rock climbing and hiking are all available.

Ayia Napa Beaches - commonly known just as a party hotspot, Ayia Napa also boasts some of the best beaches in Cyprus. Use your cheap car hire to explore them all!

Larnaca Salt Lake - a beautiful spot, and home to the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, one of the most important sites for the Islamic faith. Spring sees an influx of flamingos and don't miss the ornamental garden by the mosque either.

Kourion - is the ruins of an ancient Greek city, built in the 12th century. It's best known for its amphitheatre, which has stunning views over the Aegean Sea.

Kolossi Castle - this 13th century castle is crammed with interesting things to see, including artwork and sugarcane processing facilities, and it's reached through the lush valleys of southern Cyprus. All round well worth a day trip in your Cyprus hire car!

For more ideas, tips and information, get yourself over to our blog for more Cyprus inspiration.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Cyprus, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Cyprus. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Cyprus!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.