Cyprus by car – a road trip to off-the-beaten-path places during low season

Exploring the Mediterranean island of Cyprus by car is a great way to discover its hidden gems and delightful surprises. With a rental car, you can easily access some of the most beautiful and secluded spots in the country that are off the beaten path. From lush national parks to rugged mountain ranges to majestic beaches, there are plenty of stunning places in Cyprus that can only be accessed on a road trip. Here is a look at some of the best off-the-beaten-path destinations we visited on our recent trip so you can explore them on your next adventure in Cyprus.

Konnos beach, Cyprus

Latsi village

After a long drive from Larnaca airport, we struggled to find a restaurant that was open during the winter season so Latsi came just in time for a refreshing walk along the beach promenade and a lunch at one of the restaurants at the port. We filled our bellies with food and our minds with the lovely views of many boats under the warm January sunshine.

Akamas National Forest Park

Located in the northwestern corner of the island, Akamas National Forest Park is one of Cyprus’ most stunning natural attractions. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including native species like ibex and vultures, and it’s also home to several ancient ruins from different time periods. In addition to hiking trails, visitors can enjoy camping and swimming as well as boat tours around the nearby Blue Lagoon.

Troodos Mountains

The Troodos Mountains are another incredible destination for those wishing to explore off-the-beaten path areas in Cyprus by car. This mountain range spans across much of central and southern Cyprus and offers breathtaking views along with plenty of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, horseback riding and skiing during winter months. We did see many people in their winter clothes enjoying the snow with their sleds. The snow was not enough for skiing, anyways. Visitors will also find traditional Cypriot villages here, where they can sample regional delicacies such as halloumi cheese or even take part in local festivals throughout the year.

Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

Pedoulas Village

Another great spot for exploration on your road trip is Pedoulas Village located amidst the Troodos Mountian Range. This quaint village offers plenty of culture for visitors wanting to experience traditional Cypriot life firsthand, including cafes serving freshly brewed coffee and markets selling homemade goods from local artisans as well as historic churches and museums showcasing interesting artefacts from centuries past. For great panoramic views, stop by at the church with the big cross here.

Pedoulas village, Cyprus

Nicosia

For those looking for more unique experiences away from major tourist hotspots, then Nicosia should definitely be on your list when exploring Cyprus by car. This capital city has been divided into two parts since 1974 – Greek Cypriots living south while Turkish Cypriots inhabit north – so it provides an interesting insight into modern history while offering plenty of intriguing cultural finds both sides have preserved over generations such as monuments or Ottoman architecture still intact today. Just don’t forget to bring your passport.

Agios Sozomenos Abandoned Village

Situated nearby Nicosia lies Agios Sozomenos abandoned village which makes for an interesting detour if you’re looking for something unusual off the beaten path in Cyprus. Founded during Byzantine rule but later deserted due to various reasons, Agios Sozomeno now stands alone like a ghost town with crumbling walls standing amidst fields cultivated by nearby farmers who still graze their livestock here – making it an eerie yet fascinating destination that cannot be missed on your road trip! The sunset there can be particularly enchanting.

Oroklini

Located eastwards towards Larnaca lies Oroklini – a coastal town popular amongst hikers due its dramatic landscape stretching out far beyond its shores along with beautiful beaches perfect for swimming or sunbathing during hot summer months. Оther sights to visit are the historic churches and the ancient fortifications that adorn this picturesque town – all just waiting to be explored!

Oroklini, Cyprus

Cape Greco National Forest Park

On your way down south towards Ayia Napa lies Cape Greco National Forest Park – another renowned area boasting nature reserves full of diverse flora & fauna surrounded by crystal clear waters perfect for swimming or snorkelling among coral reefs teeming with colorful fish species! There’s also cave hikes available here lined up with captivating beach coves ideal for picnics or simply relaxing beneath shady trees – making it a must see spot if you’re touring around Cyprus by car or an avid hiker or both, just like us!

Konnos Beach

For those wanting more beachfront scenery then Konnos beach should definitely make your list when exploring Cyprus! This picturesque cove located just eastwards towards Ayia Napa offers stunning cliffsides overlooking turquoise waters perfect for lounging around enjoying spectacular views while sampling local dishes at nearby cafes perched atop rocks with unique views! During winter, we did our own version of a picnic on the beach and it was absolutely amazing.

Larnaca

Last but not least we have Larnaca – one final stop on our tour around Cyprus where visitors will find plenty more historically significant sites such as old churches & museums tucked away amidst winding alleyways full of traditional eateries and shops. Larnaca welcomes adventurers looking to explore less travelled paths before returning back home! The seaside promenade was the perfect walk for us to mark the end of this sweet trip to Cyprus.

Renting a car and driving in Cyprus

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Exploring all these amazing places mentioned above would not be easy if you don’t have a car at your disposal. We rented our small car through rentalcars.com and got a pretty good deal (January is also low season which helped). In Cyprus, driving is on the left side of the road which is something to consider but you’ll eventually get used to it.

Where to stay and where to eat in Cyprus

We stayed in two places during this trip to Cyprus – Theo Sunset Bay near Paphos, with its amazing sunset views, and the chic EasyStay apartment in Oroklini near Larnaca.

We want to give a shout out to the tasty food and great atmosphere at: Tweedie’s in Kissonerga (Paphos); Elysian Plant Based Kitchen Bar & Brunch in Nicosia; Cafè Central in Ayia Napa, and Glykolémono in Larnaca.

So this was our exploration to more off-the-beaten-path places in Cyprus on a road trip in winter after our road trip to Cyprus 8 years ago. We’d definitely recommend the island during low season. You’ll still catch plenty of sun and feel its magical charm!

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