See Cyprus with Nova Car Hire
Rent a car in Cyprus, and you will discover a country that likes to mix things up. Cyprus has all the laid-back luxury you would expect from a European Mediterranean paradise, but its closeness to Africa and Asia gives it an exotic edge. Take even the tiniest detour off the beaten track and you’ll be rewarded with citrus-scented countryside, soaring mountains, sun-soaked beaches, and a fascinating history. Embrace your inner spirit of adventure and make the most of your car hire!
One thing you could never say about Cypriot beaches is that they are all the same. Choose from strands of pillow-soft sand, stretches of pebbles, or giant slabs of sun-warmed rocks for basking on. If you’re willing to go venture away from the bustling resorts like Paphos, you will discover some of the best beaches on the secluded western Akamas Peninsula, whereas families will prefer the sugar-fine sand and warm azure waters of Ayia Napa and Protaras in the east. If you do stay around Paphos, however, load up the boot of your rental car with souvenirs such as lace from Lefkara, cheap leather and gold, and goatskin rugs.
Renting a car in Cyprus means you can pack in a lot of sightseeing in a few days. If you’re short on time, head to Limassol and take in the ancient archaeological site at Amathus, the 15th-century Kolossi Castle, and the magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre at Kourion. Make time for a walk on the forested slopes of the Troodos Mountains, tour the wine-growing districts, and visit the capital, Nicosia. If you have a week to see Cyprus, you will have time to do justice to the island’s most important antiquities. After all, Cyprus was settled by everyone from the Hittites to the Persians, and the Romans to the Ottomans, so the number of historical sites is breathtaking. Even better, most of them are really well preserved.
Give yourself plenty of time too for unscheduled stops in the idyllic villages you will encounter while driving. Have a coffee, stroll around the shops, or simply take in the wonderful panoramas of sparkling seas, rolling vineyards, and forested mountains.
Alternate sightseeing with some top-quality shopping. In Limassol, the main shops are laid out along Anexartiatis and Agiou Andreou (St Andrew) Streets and Makarios III Avenue, which embraces the town centre. They sell the more typical international brands, but you should also check out the local offerings from Cypriot clothes designers and jewellery makers. And if you love shoes, head to Nicosia.
You won’t leave Cyprus hungry. Combining Greek cuisine with touches of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Cypriot food is irresistible. Wherever you go across the island, even in the most humble taverna, you will find fresh, local produce that is frequently organic and always reasonably priced. The Cypriots take pride in their cuisine, infusing the most basic dishes with herbs and spices and using home-grown olive oil. Not forgetting the wine: Vine cultivation goes back two millennia on the island, which produces some excellent wines.