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Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 4.30 hrs
There are several villages well worth exploring near Larnaca. In Kiti, 10km (6 miles) to the west, attractions include the 11th-century Byzantine Angeloktisti Church (the name means ‘built by angels’) and Angeloktisti Monastery, one of the oldest in the world. Lefkara, 40km (25 miles) inland at the foot of the Troödos Mountains, is famous for its embroidery, and the mountains are the focal point for hiking and cycling as well as skiing in the winter.
Ayia Napa, the renowned party town, is under an hour’s drive away to the east of Larnaca, as is the nearby Nissi Beach, which is popular with families. The island’s other principal cities are the cultural capital Nicosia (50km), upmarket Lemesos/Limassol (71km), and historic Paphos (137km).
International car hire companies such as Avis, Sixt and Europcar, as well as reputable local companies, have offices at the airport. Always compare prices and book on TravelSupermarket prior to your travel.
If you’re visiting in high season, hire a car with air-conditioning, and it’s a good idea to pay for GPS as an extra. UK driving licences are accepted in Cyprus.
You must be at least 21 years old to hire a car, though most companies impose a surcharge for drivers under the age of 25. The rules of the road are pretty much the same as in the UK, but are not as strictly enforced. Always keep alert, and be careful on roundabouts as the usual conventions often aren’t followed. Parking is pretty much anywhere you can find a space and is free outside city centres.
If you’re involved in an accident, the police must always be contacted, and they will notify the ambulance or fire service if necessary. Don’t move your rental car until the police and insurance company agents have finished documenting and assessing the incident.
Looking to visit Larnaca? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first