Car Hire Cyprus

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Car Hire Cyprus for Island Exploring

Car hire Cyprus is readily available on this island in case you did not make advance reservations. Entry into the Republic of Cyprus is legal only at Larnaka and Pafos International Airports or the ports of Limassol and Pafos. Because this island country is bitterly divided between the Turkish north and the Greek south, special travel conditions are in place and should be strictly observed.

Cyprus has a complex history that goes back 9,000 years. This island just south of Turkey has been invaded and taken from the occupying powers throughout this long period by the Mycenaeans, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, and Persians. Alexander the Great conquered the Persians, and eventually the Romans took it. Such seesaw occupations continued until the colony of the United Kingdom gained independence in 1960, and political upheaval continued. Today, northern Cyprus is Muslim, with strong ties to Turkey. The southern part is Greek Orthodox and is a part of Greek culture. Currently, Turkey and Greece are involved in talks under the auspices of the United Nations to discuss reunification.

Cultural and Recreational Activities

This is another country in which you must drive on the left in your car hire Cyprus. If you are a snow sports lover, Cyprus has developed many mountain resorts that are as yet uncrowded. Troodos Massif in the south has spectacular mountains and, because of the lengthy (!) cultural history of the island, is covered with 15th century monasteries with fabulous frescos and villages that have probably been making wine for centuries.

Bicycling and hiking along relaxing trails overlooking the Mediterranean are just two of the easygoing activities to enjoy on the island. Touring in your auto rental international is a relaxing way to spend a sunny day. Just remember to check regulations, because this is really two countries in one. International car rentals, for instance, cannot be driven into the Turkish area of Cyprus.


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