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Located on a peninsula in the far east of Cyprus is Ayia Napa. Formerly a sleepy fishing village, this popular destination has seen massive development in the past 25 years, and is now a busy resort, popular with partygoers. Book car hire in Ayia Napa here today with carrentals.co.uk and let us find you the best deals online. Car rentals offer a fantastic service providing travellers with the option to explore the island and its many attractions, at their own leisurely pace and from the comfort of their own vehicle.
Once a small and undistinguished settlement surrounding a beautiful 16th century Venetian monastery, its character has now been forever changed by the ever-sprawling conglomeration of holiday cottages, pubs, tourist shops, discos. If however you’ve come seeking sunshine, sand and plenty of fun, this place is ideal and enjoys a lovely location. Ayia Napa has some of the most beautiful beaches found on the island, with fine white flour-like sand and turquoise blue waters.
This location also benefited to a large extent from the disastrous Turkish invasion of the island’s north in 1974, leading to massive development of this sleepy neighbour. However. it forever cut off the ancient and historically important neighbouring town of Famagusta (Gazimagusa). Once the richest city in the world, it is now a decaying old town surrounded by a Venetian city wall. Other attractions include the Cathedral of St Nicholas and Othello's Tower.
North of Famagusta, Salamis was Cyprus' most important pre-Christian city, and it's still the country's best archaeological site with a restored Roman Amphitheatre. To get here book cheap car rentals in Ayia Napa in advance of travel.
Border crossings from the south to the north are permitted for day trips, but often not permitted at the eastern crossing.
The main international airports linking Cyprus to the outside world are at Larnaca and Paphos. Between them they service flights from most cities in Europe, as well as selected Middle East and North African destinations. There are also a few transatlantic flights. Taxis will willingly take you anywhere around the island, but the usual tourist fee applies which can be very expensive if travelling long distances, regularly. Car rentals are also available at the airports rental desks, however, if you book online with us we will find you a cheaper deal.
Alternatively there are infrequent and unreliable bus services that eventually reach Ayia Napa (one of the furthest locations from the airports). Resorts tend to run their own shuttles. During summer, there are many charter flights from Europe; many prefer the convenience of arrival on a package.
Crossing the border into Northern Cyprus is tricky, at best you can get a day pass (including car), but not the other way around. You cannot enter the island via one side and leave from another. Despite thawing relations between Turkey and its “Greco/Cypriot” neighbours in the Aegean, the bitter taste of the ’74 invasion by Turkey still lingers in the mouths of most Cypriots. Border formalities are awkward and costly.
Car ferries leave Lemesos for Athens and sometimes Rhodes, Patmos or Crete, and Israel. Direct ferries to Greek islands are very limited unfortunately. From Northern Cyprus, there are ferries to southern Turkey.