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Hiring a car in Paphos

Pick up your hire car at Paphos airport and you're just minutes away from a Cyprus resort bursting to the seams with sun-soaked history and great beaches.

60-second guide to Paphos

in its own head

"We're the historical coastal city filled with love and beauty. Why? Because the Goddess Aphrodite herself rose from the sea here!"

but more realistically

Mythology aside, Paphos is a hot, fast-developing Cypriot tourist resort, with a nice sexy marina area where rich people can park their luxury yachts.

the vibe

A heady mix of old and new, as mythology and ancient history collides with theme pubs and all-you-can-eat breakfasteries.

the natives

Cheerful and tourist-friendly, the town has maintained some of its small harbour character and has a welcoming warmth.

the weather

A decent holiday climate, as you'd expect, which can reach blistering highs of over-35 degrees during the sweltering months of July and August.

the local speciality

Being a harbour town, the most celebrated food on the menu is the fresh fish plucked from the local waters that very morning. Or a kebab.

the celebrity

Modern composer Marios Joannou Elia - well known among classical music aficionados - is from Paphos. Oh, and Aphrodite of course.

did you know?

Saint Paul the Apostle - he of the 'Road to Damascus' moment - visited Paphos, according to the Bible.

they say

"When you're surrounded by acres of history, a vast blue sky and the wild fennel and caper plants that grow on the Mediterranean's edges, you feel thousands of years away from the tourist paraphernalia." - Lonely Planet

5 to see in town...

1. Paphos Castle

Former salt warehouse for the Brits and one-time prison for the Ottomans, this is a must-see slice of ancient history.

where to park?

Park your hire car in the large free car park by the Municipal Gardens then take the short walk around the harbour to the castle.

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2. Tombs of the Kings

Underground tombs dating all the way back to the 4th century, these look absolutely ancient/brilliant. Weirdly, they don't actually house any dead kings.

where to park?

You can park your hire car in the free on-site parking at the Tombs.

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3: Saint Solomoni Church

A very popular spot with tourists, especially around Christmas time - they do a great nativity - this church boasts a very talented outdoor tree that can cure all manner of ills.

where to park?

Free street parking for your hire car is available on Apostolos Pavlos Avenue.

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4: Geroskipou

A stunning village that looks out to the sea, Geroskipou feels like something from a film set, perhaps Life of Brian. Apparently it's the spot where Aphrodite kept her gardens.

where to park?

Geroskipou is right next to Paphos and has its own designated car park that's free to use.

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5: Coral Beach

Ahhh, soft sand, deep blue waters that seem to go on forever. This is just how a beach should be. To top it all, it's a great spot for snorkelling, paddling, and whizzing around on one of those water motorbike things.

where to park?

There is a free car park right by the beach. Car hire in Paphos couldn't be easier!

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and 4 to drive to...

1: Aphrodite's Rock

Legend insists that the beautiful goddess Aphrodite rose from the sea in 1200 BC and decided to live on this rock as her first home. Presumably erosion has made it slightly less comfortable.

how to get there?

Follow the main B6 road from Paphos towards Limassol. Aphrodite's Rock is about five miles past Kouklia and is heavily signposted.

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2: Akamas Peninsula

Named after the son of Trojan hero Theseus, this peninsula is famous for its unaffected wilderness landscape that boasts a whopping 530 different types of plants.

how to get there?

Go north from Paphos on the B7 to Polis, the access point for the Akamas Peninsula.

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3: Pegeia

If you're beginning to miss the dulcet tones of British voices, head up the coastal hills to Pegeia. Brits are flocking there in droves to escape the rat race. Good for a bite to eat too.

how to get there?

Drive north out of Paphos on the E701, which leads onto the E709 towards Pegeia.

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4: Limassol

If you're seeking big city thrills then take the drive along the coast to Limassol, Cyprus's second-largest city. It features numerous shops, bars and restaurants and miles of sandy beach.

how to get there?

Take the picturesque coastal road eastwards. The B6 becomes the A6 and takes you into Limassol.

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