Larnaca Airport Car Rental
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Larnaca International Airport is the larger of the country’s two airports, and not only serves the tourist resorts on the southeast coastal plain, but also acts as a hub for passengers travelling between Europe and the Middle East. Both charter and scheduled flights from the UK use the airport, which is a convenient four mile drive from the city of Larnaca. The region is an ideal base for exploring the southeast and centre of Cyprus, and for visiting the capital Nicosia. With a lack of public transport coverage in some areas, a car is a must if you want to explore beyond a single resort. The airport road leads directly on to the A3 motorway, with connections to the north and east. For a more scenic introduction to the region, once you have collected your car rental, follow the B3 road from the airport, which hugs the edge of Larnaca Bay, and runs through the city to follow the coastline to Ayia Napa. Stop off at some of the little beaches that line the coast between Larnaca and Ayia Napa.
Things to Do in Larnaca
The coastal region is a paradise for visitors who are keen scuba divers, and the most famous dive in the area is on to the wreck of the MV Zenobia, a Swedish ferry that sank in the Bay of Larnaca in 1980. It’s important to go with a reputable and experienced diving outfit, but the experience of exploring the sunken ship and viewing the marine life that has populated the wreck is memorable. For a very different experience, the Camel Park at Mazotos never fails to captivate both kids and adults. The Lucky Star Amusement Park at Aradippou, Larnaca, offers go-karting, bungy jumping and roller-coasters, and provides hours of fun and a break from the beach for the family.
Top 3 Must See: Larnaca
Wreck of the Zenobia
Lucky Star Amusement Park
For visitors interested in history a must-see is the domed 11th century Greek Orthodox church of Panagia Angelokistos in Kiti, about 9 miles from Larnaca. The name translates as ‘built by angels’, and the interior could certainly give that impression, with its magnificent mosaic icon of the Mother of God. Heading inland from Larnaca, it’s worth spending a day exploring the centre of the island, often ignored by visitors. The little villages often boast exquisite churches like those of Pano Lefkara or Ayia Barbara, and stopping off for a glass of the local wine at a taverna can give you a whole different view of the country.
Driving Around Larnaca
Arrange your car rental from Larnaca Airport through GoCarRental.com and you can research the best deals on offer on the car of your choice. Driving in the Larnaca district is as straightforward as the rest of the island. Cypriots drive on the left, so there’s no need to worry about changing to the right, and the roads are well-maintained and destinations clearly signposted. Use the motorway system to get you rapidly to the area that you want to explore, and then stick to the more peaceful rural roads. There are local roads that shadow the motorways and cling to the edge of the coast, giving you a choice of wonderful scenery. In the Troodos and central mountain range some of the smaller roads may be rough and unsurfaced, so you should plan your route accordingly unless you have a 4x4.