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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Cyprus. Car rental in Cyprus includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Introduction:
Cyprus is located on the east end of the Mediterranean Sea. You will find it north of Egypt, west of Syria, south of Turkey, and east of Greece. It is well known for its lace, wine, pottery, and basket weaving.
In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus, and as a result, it is divided by the Green Line and a UN patrolled Neutral Zone. Despite its division, it is remarkably easy to travel between the north (the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) and the south (the Republic of Cyprus and the only recognised nation). Cyprus has the lowest crime rate in the world.

Population and language:
The population of the Republic of Cyprus was about 840,000 as of 2010. There are an estimated 285,000 Turks living in the North, who are not included in this number.

In Cyprus, there are two main religions: Greek Orthodox (78% of the population) and Muslim (18% of the population). The official languages are Greek and Turkish, but 76% of the people also speak English. The culture is a combination of Greek and Turk.

Women should dress modestly, especially in the North.

Major cities and tourist destinations:
Nicosia (Lefkosia) – The capital city was founded in 965 ad and has a population of about 55,000. Around the old city is a Venetian Wall built in the 16th century to protect the city at the time from invasion. The Green Line runs through the middle of the city. On the south side of the line, you will find Shacolas Tower Observatory, where you can view of the entire country through telescopes, and the Ethnographic museum, filled with folk art and traditional crafts. North of the Green Line you will find Bedesten, a cultural center noted for its historic architecture, and the Mevlevi Shrine Museum, which tells the history of the Mevlevi order (whirling dervishes).

Lemesos (Limassol) – This city is the busiest port in Cyprus with a population of just over 100,000. East of the city you will find the ruins of Amathus where free concerts are sometimes held in the summer, and west of town you will find miles of beaches. In town, you will find the Lemesos Medieval Castle, which was built in the 14th century over Byzantine ruins, and the Cyprus Wine Museum, which gives a history of winemaking in Cyprus.

Petra tou Romiou – This hotspot is along the southern coast. It is one of the two supposed sites where Aphrodite arose from the sea (the other is in Greece). If you want a good photograph, park your car about 1.5 km to the east of it.

Larnaka – This city, with a population of about 51,000, is the site of one of the three international airports. The Pierides Archaeological Foundation houses artifacts of Cyprus in the 19th century Pierides mansion. You can also see what is left of Ancient Kitron, including its five temples.

Choirokoitia – This is the first settlement in ancient Cyprus and has been dated to 7000 BC. Visit the remains of the mudstone dwellings or look through the reconstructed cylindrical huts to step back into history.

Famagusta – This town was originally a massive trade center. Now, it has dwindled to a population of 43,000. Check out the history of the Othello Tower (The Citadel) or visit the prison of Namik Kemal, a Turkish poet who dared offend the Sultan. Just north of the city are the ruins of ancient Salamis and ancient Enkomi.

Pafos (Paphos) – Although the city has a population of 33,000, the ancient settlement ruins have been well excavated. You can view many mosaics, the agora (theatre), and the asklipieion (healing center). As you continue north, you can visit the well-preserved Tombs of the Kings.  

Kyrenia – Called the Jewel of Levant because of its beauty, it has a population of 27,000. The Kyrenia Castle is complete with its own torture chamber, shipwreck museum, and a gallery of tomb finds while the Old Town has a delightful combination of Greek and Ottoman ruins.

St. Hilarion Castle – These castle ruins are everything you could ask for in a fairy castle. There are hidden rooms and overgrown gardens. Although the actual history is not as magical, the rumors are that it once housed a fairy queen.

Climate:
The climate is considered Mediterranean with hot, dry summers from June to September that can get as hot as 37°C. The mild, cool winters from November to March can have freezing temperatures in the mountains but temperatures are generally ranging from 5°C–15°C. With more than 320 days of sunshine per year, it only rains about 20 inches from October to March.

Economy:
The GDP of Cyprus is around $22.18 billion (USD) in the South and $4.4 billion (USD) in the North. The South uses the euro (€), and the North uses the new Turkish lira (YTL). While the North remains agricultural based, the South has focused on services and finance. The country imports most items such as food (even fish), petroleum, machinery, and other consumer goods. They export potatoes, grapes, wine, cement, cigarettes, clothing, and pharmaceuticals.

Transportation:
There are only three major airports in Cyprus: Larnaka Airport, Pafos (Paphos) Airport, and Ercan Airport. Ercan Airport, which is located in the North and only receives flights from Turkey. There are no trains.
The bus system that runs between cities was recently combined with a service taxi system (which carries up to eight people) under the government. However, this system is only available in the south. Expect up to a thirty-minute delay with a service taxi. Local bus routes to a few major tourist attractions are privately owned and do not run frequently, especially out of season.

The roads are excellent and well marked, which ensures driving is easy. If you hire a car, you will have the best experience with a 4WD convertible.

Taxis are expensive, but often the only transportation readily available outside of car hire, especially in the North.

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