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Mediterranean Pearl

Many consider Cyprus the Mediterranean Pearl and the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess. The island is steeped in numerous legends and myths, and the romantic ambience that can be felt at every step will surely accompany tourists during their Cypriot trip.

Owing to a convenient climate and a considerable number of sunny days during the year, Cyprus is an ideal tourist destination in the high and low season. The Green Line that divides the country into two parts - Turkish and Greek - is the best proof that the place is full of cultural differences which make the island an even more intriguing holiday choice.

In order to get yourselves fully immersed in the richness of Cypriot experiences, see the most stunning beaches, and explore all of the ancient temples, it's best to rent a vehicle which will be an easy and comfortable way to move between the top-rated highlights dotting the island.

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Cyprus: Mediterranean beauty

The Greek part of the island offers an abundance of tourist attractions. One of the most beautiful seaside resorts is surely Larnaca which can boast a charming palm-lined promenade and a beautiful beach featuring fine sand. It is one of the jewels of the southern coast.

A never-ending coastline, multiple trekking options, and a few ancient monuments are the characteristic features of South Cyprus. The greatest attractions here are Limassol, along with the nearby Amathous and Curium, and the popular Kolossi Castle, one of the most interesting examples of medieval fortresses on Cyprus. The castle dates back to the 13th century and it was even used as a vineyard in the course of its history.

Another holiday highlight that just can't be missed in this part of the country is Paphos. Once the capital of the island, today a place full of colourful restaurants and historical buildings. While in Paphos, it's worth heading towards such places as St Paul Pillar, Kato Paphos, and the House of Dionysus featuring colourful mosaics.

From Paphos, you will easily get to the breathtaking Akamas Peninsula where you'll have the opportunity to admire dense forests and views on a number of small sandy coves. Two most notable tourist highlights of the peninsula include the Blue Lagoon and the Baths of Aphrodite, which are the starting point for most of the trekking trips.

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At a stone's throw from the highest Cypriot peak, Mount Olympus, a small town of Agros, which is part of the picturesque Troodos Mountains, is also worth paying a visit. Agros offers multiple interesting solutions for travellers who seek active ways of spending their holidays. In the near vicinity of the town, you will find a few walking possibilities as well as a number of cycling trip options. 

If you are interested in religious architecture, it's worth directing your steps towards Lagoudera, a tiny village located at the foot of the scenic Madari Peak. Here, you'll find a 12th-century monastery whose interior is rich in colourful frescos. You can additionally visit the nearby Panagia Asinou church also dating back to the 12th century. The small church can boast beautiful wall paintings from the Byzantine era. Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis is yet another religious gem that can be found in the vicinity of Kakopetria. The scenic location of the church among the green hills and olive groves will surely surprise even the most avid globetrotters. 

Among the biggest tourist attractions on the whole island, you'll also find the country's capital, namely Nicosia. It will become a small paradise for the lovers of museums and art galleries. The turbulent history is visible at every corner, and the fans of culinary sensations should definitely visit one of the traditional restaurants where they will try the famous Cypriot wine.

Car rental on Cyprus

The easiest way to find your dream hire car for exploration of the island is renting a vehicle at the airport right after your arrival on the island. You'll find a wide range of car rental companies offering a diversified choice of vehicles that will be adjusted to the needs of even the most demanding motorists.

Tourists who'd like to rent a car in one of the major cities also won't experience any problems. The biggest offer is available in such places as Paphos, Protaras, Larnaca, or Nicosia. 

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When deciding to rent a vehicle, it's worth considering a choice of appropriate insurance that will allow us for a comfortable and safe ride. 

As far as the required documents are concerned, you need to carry an ID or a passport, driver's licence, registration document, vehicle technical inspection certificate, liability insurance, and a green card if you want to cross the border with Turkey.

Cyprus: traffic rules and road state

Not everyone remembers that Cyprus follows left-hand traffic. But don't worry, all of the roads are marked in compliance with international standards which makes it considerably easier to get used to the new road environment. 

While driving along Cypriot roads, it's best to stay cautious. Cypriot motorists are known for their reckless driving and not paying attention to the less experienced traffic participants. They often drive in a very aggressive way. At other times, you can also come across motorists who are too conservative in keeping the speed limit and it's best to just summon up some patience.

Most of the roads on the island are characterised by good infrastructure; however, mountain roads are often narrow and in a considerably worse state in comparison to the main transportation hubs. Good news is that all Cypriot roads are free-of-charge so you can enjoy them to the fullest!

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While driving around Cyprus, you don't have to remember about the automotive lighting which is obligatory only after dark. Interestingly, there is also a law forbidding using the horn between 9 pm and 6 am on the island.

Even though the weather on Cyprus is favourable when it comes to drinking sweet and refreshing drinks, it's best to think twice before hopping in a car after such alcoholic beverages. Drinking and driving on Cyprus is heavily penalised and the allowed amount of alcohol is 20 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. Don't be surprised if you are stopped by police officers to check whether you aren't drinking and driving - it is a routine procedure on Cyprus.

Speed limits on Cyprus

On Cyprus, there exist the following speed limits: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 100 km/h on expressways, and 80 km/h in rural areas. You should always follow these speed limits unless the traffic signs show otherwise.

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Cyprus: car equipment

Obligatory equipment includes two warning triangles. It is also advisable to have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher, but these elements aren't required by law. 

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Facts for safer driving in Cyprus

drink drive limit
0.5
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
50 mph
max speed highway
62 mph
headlights at daytime
off
fire extinguisher
no
tolls
no
seat belts
yes
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