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Car rental in Larnaca (Cyprus, 2019): our experience

Harry and Chloe are in love with travel. They have been in different countries and in 2019 came to Cyprus. Harry and Chloe rented a car in Larnaca and traveled around the island. They talked about this trip to Cyprus.

 

Finikoudes Promenade

What if you rent a car in Larnaca?

We are in love with traveling around countries and cities. When we come to a new country, we never sit it the hotel all the time. We rent a car and drive around the country. This time, Harry rented a car in Larnaca via the Internet. We took a flight from home to Larnaca Airport. The company officer met us at the airport and gave us the keys to the car. Right from the airport we went by car to explore Cyprus.

Travel to the beaches.  Our trip to Cyprus lasted two weeks, which we spent in the city of Larnaca. The first day we were at Mackenzie Beach. On this beach you can see how the planes are landing almost over the heads of sunbathing tourists! On the second day, we visited Finikoudes Beach. In the evening we walked along the promenade, sat at a table in a restaurant and tasted Cypriot national food.

Our car.  We traveled around Cyprus with a Renault Clio. We rented a car in Larnaca and drove from the airport to the hotel. Harry chose a car with the following technical characteristics: gear box MT, engine - 1.2 l. We paid 84 euro for 8 days of rental. Deposit for this car was 400 euro. See all cars and prices — here.

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Car rental companies in Cyprus

  • Myrentacar  - a site where are represented local car rental companies in Cyprus. Some cars can be rented without money blocking on the card. Low prices, discounts, rental conditions - see all — here.
  • Rentalcars  - a global aggregator with a large base of cars. Under the terms of the lease, there is a franchise and you need a credit card. You can choose a car and compare variants by price — here.
  • Auto Europe  - reliable time-tested aggregator. It works all over the world, including Cyprus. You can see the cars — here.

1. Where to rent a car in Larnaca

Rented Renault Clio

It’s easy to find car rental in Larnaca online. The best option is to prepare for your trip to Cyprus in advance. What do I mean? Let's say you decide to ride around the island in a rented car. If you open the Google search and make a request "rent a car Larnaca", you can see many links. At the top of the page there will be links of well-known international rental companies, and below – less known companies. Which one to choose? Choose proven services.

One evening,  Harry and I visited our friends. Friends told us that they had a trip to Larnaca a year ago. They were delighted with it and remembered their trip with great pleasure. Friends showed photos of how they drive a car that they rented. We asked them about where did they rent a car, and they told, that they found Myrentacar online.

Rental rules.  Harry opened the site and read the rules for car rental in Larnaca. The text was not complicated and understandable. First, no hidden fees or taxes. Secondly, you can see the exact price that is fixed. The minimum deposit is only 300 euros. And some car models can be rented without deposit.

Car rental locations.  You can rent a car in Larnaca in the tourist part of the city. This is the Marina and Finikoudes Beach area. Several rental companies are located on the road from the airport to the city of Larnaca. You can choose another option. We booked our car in advance via the Internet. When booking, you only make an advance payment of 15% of the total rental price. A company representative will meet you at the arrival hall at Larnaca Airport. And you pay the remaining amount when you pick up your car. Do not forget to sign a lease and check the car.

Car rental prices in Larnaca:
  • Chevrolet Spark — 17.00 euro / day;
  • Ford Focus — 22.00 euro / day;
  • Mercedes CLK Cabrio — 102.00 euro / day.

Now you can pick up the car from the airport parking and go travel on the roads of Cyprus! See all prices for car rental in Larnaca — here.

2. We drive to the city past the Salt Lake

On the roads of Larnaca

Let go those who ride on the main.  We left the airport parking and after a while drove up to the Dromolaxia Junction. We turn our heads and carefully look to the right. As soon as the road was free, we went in roundabout. Then we pass the first exit, the second and turn into the third exit. On this way, we drove a rented Renault Clio to a hotel in Larnaca.

Look at the markings and signs.  Look carefully at the markings on the road when you approach a roundabout. The markup that indicates where to go next. The leftmost lane is only for those cars that leave roundabout at the first exit. After a couple of kilometers of the road appeared a turn towards the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque. And here is Solt Lake. It’s beautiful sunset, pink flamingos are walking somewhere in the distance. Silence, grace...

On the roads of Larnaca.  We drove through Solt Lake and came to the city of Larnaca. The traffic there is not heavy. On the road we met a lot of cars with red license plates. We also rented Renault Clio with red license plates. We noticed that some Cypriot drivers tried to slip into a red light at a traffic light. As it later turned out, in Cyprus it’s quite common. Cypriots love to honk. In such a way they make driver not to be dull at the wheel.

In a hotel.  After about an hour, we reached The Lordos Beach Hotel 4 *. We parked the car, checked in at the front desk and got into the room. There we left our things and had rest. At the reception they told us that just in a 5-minute walk there is a good restaurant. We went there. We sat with pleasure in a cozy restaurant and celebrated our arrival in Larnaca.

3. We recommend

So, if you want to rent a car in Larnaca, then first look at the sites of local car rental companies. As practice shows, on such sites you can find very advantageous offers. For example, cars and prices can be found — here.

In addition, you can rent a car on the sites of the global aggregators Rentalcars, Auto Europe или EasyRentCars. It is important to read the terms of the car rental before booking.

4. What to see in Larnaca on a car

If you rented a car in Larnaca, then go see natural sights and mountain villages. Solt Lake is a body of water that is dry in summer and is filled with water in winter. Here live various birds. On the shore of the lake is situated Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque. When the lake is filled with water, pink flamingos come there for winter season. It looks amazingly beautiful!

A trip to the mountain villages.  Most of all we remember the trip to the mountains. We visited the village of Lefkara and a few more villages around. In these villages we looked at Byzantine temples and enjoyed the beautiful views around.

Sightseeing in the city.  We went to see Kamares Aqueduct. This is an ancient building that delivered water to the inhabitants of Larnaca. We visited The Castle of Larnaca and saw many interesting exhibits. In the evening we left the car in the parking lot and walked along the promenade of Finikoudes. There are many restaurants and cafes where you can eat Cypriot food and drink a cup of Cypriot coffee.

The bell tower of Agios Lazaros Chuch

Agios Lazaros Church. This is one of the most significant monuments of the Byzantine Empire that have survived to this day. The temple of the 9th century, which is the main attraction of Larnaca, can be seen on Agiu Lazaru Square. The bell tower of the church is visible from the pier on the Finikoudes embankment. From Fort Larnaca go to the pier and see a sculpture of a winged lion. Turn left and walk along the street with shops and cafes to the church.


Finikoudes Promenade

Finikoudes Promenade is a center of the whole tourist life of the city. Leave the rental car in parking and go for a walk. In the afternoon, tourists come here from all around to sunbathe on the beach and swim in the sea. In the evening, the tables of numerous cafes and restaurants are occupied with people who enjoy Cypriot national cuisine. There is a sea pier in the neighborhood, from where you can go on a tour of the sea.


Solt lake

Solt Lake is considered to be the most important water body of Larnaca, which must be seen. In winter, the lake becomes a haven for 80 species of migratory birds, most of which are flamingos. In summer, the pond dries up and turns into a lifeless white desert, covered with a thick crust of salt. If you plan to come here, then rent a car in Larnaca. Tourists also come here on sightseeing buses.


Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque

Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque is located on the shores of Salt Lake. You can come here by car. The building of the mosque in its modern form dates from about the 18th century. According to legend, the mosque was built on the place of death of Umm Haram, who was a relative of the prophet Muhammad. This is a pilgrimage site for Cypriot Muslims.


Kamares Aqueduct

Kamares Aqueduct is an ancient Ottoman-era water supply system. By the way, this system functioned until 1936, providing urban residents with water from the Tremitos River. The majestic arches are part of the old aqueduct that was built during the Roman era. To see this landmark of Larnaca, you need to get off the B5 highway according to the corresponding sign.

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Published: 30 Sep 2019.