The city of Paphos on the west coast is a magnet for visitors due to its blend of historical attractions and beaches...
The renowned Tomb of the Kings, the excellent nightlife and the varied coastline. Car hire in Paphos offers the opportunity to explore the area in full.
Although Paphos centre is divided, with the local shops and churches in the upper town and the more tourist-centric bars and restaurants in the lower town, the city is compact enough to cover on foot. Paphos car hire makes sense if you want to explore out of town however, as public transport networks on the island can be somewhat unreliable. Pick-up is available from Paphos Airport (PFO) and the city is a perfect base for seeing some of the best sights of Cyprus.
Paphos itself has some key points of interest, such as the legendary Aphrodite's Rock, the Pillar of St Paul and many archaeological sites of Ancient Greek and Roman origin. The lighthouse near the Odeon amphitheatre is also worth a climb for stunning 360° views of the area. Paphos's heritage extends beyond the city limits, with the monastery of Saint Neophytos around six miles away. It was carved into the rocky landscape and is home to some beautiful Byzantine murals.
The main beach at Paphos is Coral Bay, which is a pleasant stretch with plenty of rock pools to interest the kids. It can get busy, so consider driving up the coast to the sandy coves of Aghios Georgios or the long shores at Latchi and Lara in the North West.
If you want to sample the nightlife in Cyprus, the lower town of Kato Paphos is a good place to start, with a range of fine restaurants, bars and clubs as well as more traditional entertainment options such as Greek and Cypriot dancing. Staying in Paphos centre is a practical choice because of the close proximity of facilities and there is a good range of accommodation, from hotels to self-catering.
Further afield, hiring a car allows you to travel inland to the Troodos mountains in the south west of the island...
The mountains offer many opportunities for hiking in the cooler inland air. Visit in the winter and you can even ski on the peaks one day and sunbathe on the beach the next. Limassol, the capital of Cyprus and its beach at Amathus Bay are located in the south but still only a short drive away from Paphos. In the east, the old-world charm of the town of Lanarca town makes for an appealing day trip.
Going north will take you to the revered Akamas peninsular, a popular spot for cyclists and home to untamed mountain scenery and a rugged coastline. In this region you will discover quiet villages such Pomos and Neo Chorio, which are a pleasant escape from the crowds and offer access to the forests and wild flora around Akamas.
Millou village is notable for its spa resort and well-positioned villas. With such diverse landscapes and a choice of beaches only a short journey away, it makes sense to take advantage of Paphos car hire.
The best reasons to visit Cyprus are not only the clean sands and party atmosphere at the coast, but also the mountain ranges, remote buildings and pine-shaded trails which can only be found by exploring the island in more depth.