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Beaches and lush valleys galore.

There are numerous beaches, jagged mountains, lush valleys and heaps of sunshine for the visitor to enjoy on a visit to the popular holiday destination of Cyprus, and car hire gives you the opportunity to enjoy it all at your own pace. Cyprus is a destination made up of beaches, mountain peaks, vineyards and ancient ruins, and as well as it's lovely scenery and historic points of interest.

It also offers lots of activities and events to keep all types of holidaymaker entertained. The information in this travel guide aims to give you a head start with your holiday preparation and help you make the most of your trip to Cyprus

Cyprus Tourist Board: The official website for the Cypriot National Tourist Office – a useful resource for planning your trip to Cyprus.

Know Before You Go: Travel advice for Cyprus from the FCO. 

Things to see and do

  • Visit Aphrodite's rock – the rock is a few kilometers west of Pissouri. Legend has it that Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty rose from the waves in this spot.
  • Go skiing on Mount Olympus, the highest point of the Troodos Mountains. In the winter it’s a small scale ski area with four lifts.
  • Visit the Troodos Mountains – the biggest mountain range in Cyprus. This area stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus. There are many mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries, churches on mountain peaks, and picturesque mountain villages nestling into the hill tops.
  • Hike through the many unspoilt areas in Cyprus. There are good nature trails in the areas of Atalante, Kaledonia, and Persephone in the Troodos area, and Aphrodite and Adonis in the Akamas area with other good trails in the forests of Machairas and Limassol.
  • Enjoy sun, sea and sand in the various beach resorts in Cyprus. South of Limassol on the Akrotiri Peninsula, is a long stretch of excellent sand and on the north coast of Paphos you will find Coral Bay which is a fast growing resort around a good beach. Polis on the north coast is a bustling resort.
  • Take a snorkeling or scuba diving trip around Cape Gkreko where the coastline becomes indented with rocky coves and small sandy beaches.

Festivals and events

  • Take a trip to the Spring Historic Car Rally, a classic car event which runs from Lemesos to Ayia Napa annually. (March)
  • In Larnaca, Agia Irini Day is celebrated in Churches and Monasteries with a large procession and feast to mark the occasion. (May)
  • At the Summer Festival there is a traditional mix of traditional music and dancing, food and drink specialties and arts and crafts. (August)
  • Afarnia Grape Festival. (October)
  • The Aphrodite Half Marathon takes participants along the coast of Paphos; less experienced runners can tackle the 5km fun run. (November)
  • The Forest Park Rally held in the heart of the Troodos Mountains is a fantastic classic car hire rally along the winding mountain roads. (November)

Tipping in Cyprus

In some parts of the island a 10%-15% service charge is automatically applied to your bill. If this is not the case, a tip of around 10%-15% will be acceptable. Taxi drivers and hotel staff can be tipped if you wish to as well; normally small change is sufficient.

Skiing in Cyprus

Cyprus offers a cheap alternative to the mainstream Winter sports resorts. In Cyprus it is possible to combine snow and sand as you can enjoy a morning of skiing and then spend the afternoon on the coast. Cyprus is a great destination if you unable to choose between a winter sun holiday and a ski break as you can combine the two in one visit. Skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus from December through to March. The après ski in Cyprus is vibrant and energetic.

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