- Car hire in Larnaca
Car hire in Larnaca
Hiring a car in Larnaca
Larnaca is a city on the south coast of Cyprus, and is most popular for Finikoudes Beach. By hiring a car, you can not only explore the stunning sights of this city, but head across the rest of the country and immerse yourself in its true Spanish culture.
The main roads in Larnaca are the A3, which heads north-east to Ayia Napa and the A1, which starts in Nicosia, passes Larnaca and then goes south-west to reach Limassol.
What you need to know
You'll find a number of different car hire providers in Larnaca, so search on our booking engine to find the most competitive deal.
You can choose almost any vehicle, and the 24/7 support, free cancellation and free amendments mean that you don't need to worry if your circumstances change, while the well-known providers leave you reassured that you're in good hands.
Where to pick up your car
You can either pick your vehicle up from Larnaca airport (LCA) or from the city centre.
You'll find the car hire supplier desks in the arrivals hall of the airport, and those without desks provide a free shuttle bus to reach your vehicle.
Alternatively, if you'd prefer to collect your car in the city, then you'll find most of the suppliers based close to the beach. Enjoy a short stroll in the sun to reach the offices, or jump in a taxi and easily get there within a few minutes.
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Where to go
Larnaca is popular for its beaches, which are considered to be the most beautiful on the island of Cyprus.
If you're looking for something quite lively, then head to Mackenzie beach, which has buzzing bars lining the waterfront. If you're a keen scuba diver or are looking to enjoy some lessons, then this is also a perfect site for diving, with the MS Zenobia shipwreck just off shore.
To take in some of the area's historical culture, pay a visit to the ninth-century Church of St Lazarus, which contains the tomb of this saint who, legend says, rose from the dead.
Just 45 minutes east along the A3 is Ayia Napa, one of Cyprus' most lively areas. If you're looking to chill out then this probably isn't the place for you, but to enjoy some of the island's liveliest bars and beaches then this is the place to be.
Alternatively, 45 minutes east down the A1 is Limassol, one of the island's largest cities. Although the area is fairly contemporary, catering well for tourists, you can still see some of the city's protected ancient monuments, including Limassol Castle, the Amathus Ruins and the Mosque of Djami Kebir.
Your hire car gives you the freedom to explore as much or as little of Cyprus as you wish, and being a relatively small island, you can reach anywhere that you want within just a few hours.
Poli, on the north coast of Cyprus, is just two hours from Larnaca along the A1 and A6. This is where you'll find the stunning Baths of Aphrodite, which are surrounded by wildflowers and offer beautiful views over the Bay of Polis.
Also, just an hour and a half from Larnaca is Paphos, another of the most well-known and popular destinations in Cyprus.
Paphos is filled with culture, boasting 12 museums including the Paphos District Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum and the Ethnographical Museum. Much like the rest of Cyprus, the area also has stunning beaches that you won't want to miss out on.
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Having a hire car means that you really can get out and see everything that Larnaca has to offer.
Eating and drinking
Cypriot food is very similar to Greek and Turkish cuisine, with mezze dishes and dips such as tzatziki, tahini, taramasalata and hummus being hugely popular. Main dishes tend to include meat or fish kebabs, as well as gyros, stifado and souvlaki being favourites. As it's a popular tourist destination, you can also find plenty of restaurants serving English dishes too.
There are a number of bars and clubs in Larnaca, so whether you'd like to enjoy a few relaxed drinks in the sun or a night out, there's something for you. Those looking for a lively night out should head to Mackenzie Beach or the centre of town, where you can find the strip - an area that is buzzing with tourists.
Things to do
Head 15 minutes out of Larnaca to the village of Mazotos to the Camel Park, where you can feed and ride the camels and take a tour of the area.
You can also explore the historical culture of Larnaca by paying a visit to the Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, which has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to 7000 BC. This site is considered to be one of the best-preserved historic sites of the eastern Mediterranean.
Larnaca is filled with stunning sights that you won't want to miss out on. Visit Larnaca Salt Lake, one of the island's most important wetlands. Made up of four smaller lakes, it is home to an array of plants, birds and wildlife.
There are a number of different walking trails in Larnaca, which take you along some of the city's most stunning routes. The Larnaca to Oroklini Beach Trail runs parallel to the sea along the eastern beaches of the city towards Oroklini and Pyla.
Another popular area to walk and explore is the Paticchio Park Trail, which is home to rare species of Cypriot plants and animals and leads to the historical open air amphitheatre.
You also won't want to miss out on seeing the stunning Grand Mosque, which also gives you stunning views across the beautiful landscape of Larnaca.