Where to stay in Cyprus without a car: 6 Best areas

I love to explore places without a car, and on my website, I cover many topics for car-free travelers. In this article, we will visit Cyprus and help you find the best places to stay in Cyprus without a car. 

I will share my recommendations for the top areas to stay in Cyprus without a car, along with a helpful map. I’ll also tell you where I stayed in Cyprus and suggest the best hotels in Cyprus for all budgets.

Cyprus is an island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is the third-largest and third-most populous island in the Mediterranean. The capital and largest city of Cyprus is Nicosia. 

The island is divided into two main parts: the Republic of Cyprus in the south and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the north, which is recognized only by Turkey.

A buffer zone known as the “Green Line” divides the island, controlled by the United Nations, separating the two sides. There are checkpoints allowing controlled passage between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot areas.

Cyprus is known for its beautiful Mediterranean landscapes, including beaches, mountains, and forests. The Troodos Mountains run through the center of the island, and Mount Olympus is its highest peak.

While having a car can be convenient, it is entirely possible to explore Cyprus without a car. Some ways to navigate the island without a car include public bus, taxi, biking, and walking.

The island has a network of public buses that serve most major cities and towns. Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos, in particular, have good bus services. You can check the local bus schedules and routes to plan your journeys.

Intercity buses connect major cities and towns, making it relatively easy to travel between different regions of the island.

You can use taxis. They are a more expensive option compared to buses, but they offer more convenience and flexibility. Make sure to agree on a fare with the driver before starting your journey, or use a metered taxi.

For short distances in towns and cities, walking is a viable option. Many towns in Cyprus have pedestrian-friendly areas and sidewalks.

Cyprus is served by two international airports, Larnaca Airport in Larnaca, on the island’s southern coast and Paphos Airport near Paphos on the island’s western coast. To get from the airport to your destination, you can use taxis, hotel’s shuttle services, and buses.

Where to stay in Cyprus without a car?

The best areas to stay in Cyprus without a car are Limassol, Paphos, Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Protaras, and Nicosia. These areas are popular tourist destinations in Cyprus, so you’ll have easy access to attractions and amenities. You can get around on foot, by bus, and taxi.

Limassol is one of the most popular places to stay in Cyprus for first-timers. It is a bustling coastal city with good public transportation options. You can stay in the city center or near the seafront to have easy access to shops, restaurants, and public transport.

Paphos is a popular tourist destination with a historic old town and many attractions. You can choose to stay in the Kato Paphos area near the harbor and archaeological sites. This area is walkable, and you can use public buses to explore other parts of Paphos.

Larnaca is known for its beautiful seafront promenade. Staying in the city center or near the Finikoudes Beach area would be a good choice for easy access to restaurants, bars, and public transportation.

Ayia Napa is a lively resort town. The central area around the main square and Nissi Beach can be explored on foot, and you can use local buses or taxis for excursions to nearby attractions.

Protaras is a popular resort area with beautiful beaches. Consider staying in the central area near Fig Tree Bay and Protaras Avenue, which offers many amenities within walking distance.

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and has a well-developed public transportation system. Stay in the city center near Ledra Street to be within walking distance of many attractions, shops, and restaurants. 

During my trip to Cyprus, I stayed in Paphos at the Amavi, MadeForTwo Hotels. It is a great hotel that has a perfect location, easy access to the beach, close to Paphos fort and archeological site. lots of restaurants and pubs nearby. Only 10 mins walk from the main bus station and harbor.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Cyprus for car-free travelers. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Cyprus without a car
Map of the best areas to stay in Cyprus without a car

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Cyprus, especially for travelers without a car. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Cyprus have been carefully selected by me, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

6 Best areas to stay in Cyprus without a car:

1. Limassol

Limassol is one of the most popular places to stay in Cyprus, especially for first-timers and car-free travelers. It is the second-largest city in Cyprus located on the southern coast of the island. It is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich history.

Limassol is conveniently located halfway between Paphos and Larnaca, and only 50 mins drive from both Paphos and Larnaca airports. Limassol’s central location makes it a convenient base for exploring other parts of Cyprus. You can take day trips to places like Paphos, Troodos Mountains, and Nicosia.

The Limassol Promenade is a well-known area for leisurely walks and dining with a view of the sea. The city’s nightlife is vibrant, with numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants along the coastline and in the city center.

Limassol is known for its cultural heritage, with numerous historical sites, museums, and art galleries. Popular attractions are The Limassol Castle, The Limassol Archaeological Museum, Cyprus Historic & Classic Motor Museum, and the archaeological sites of Ancient Kourion.

Best places to stay in Cyprus in Limassol without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Alinea Suites Limassol Center, 4-star accommodation located within 10-15 mins 10-15 minutes by walk to the sea and close to a lot of cafes and restaurants. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Old Port Hotel, great hotel situated in the old town of Limassol, very close toThe Old Port and Castle of Limassol. It offers Superb breakfast according to guests’ reviews. Easy access to Restaurants, bars, beaches.
  • Budget ($): Chrielka Hotel, 3-star beachfront hotel located on Olympion Street, featuring an Outdoor swimming pool, Family rooms, and good breakfast. Close to the beach, restaurants and supermarkets.

2. Paphos 

Paphos, located on the southwestern coast of Cyprus, is a popular tourist destination known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and relaxed atmosphere. It is only 20 minutes drive from Paphos Airport.

Paphos is home to several UNESCO World Heritage-listed archaeological sites, including the Paphos Archaeological Park, where you can find Roman villas with intricate mosaics, and the Tombs of the Kings, an ancient necropolis.

Paphos has a variety of lovely beaches, including Coral Bay, Lara Beach, and the municipal beach at Kato Paphos. These beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

The town itself has a historic and charming old center with narrow streets, colorful houses, and traditional tavernas. It’s a great place for leisurely strolls and exploring local culture.

The Akamas Peninsula, located nearby, offers breathtaking natural beauty and excellent hiking opportunities. You can also explore the area on a Jeep safari or by boat.

The famous Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou) is a short drive from Paphos. According to Greek mythology, this is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.

Paphos is a great choice for travelers who are interested in history, culture, and a relaxed beach holiday. It’s also an ideal location for exploring the western part of Cyprus, including the Akamas Peninsula and the Troodos Mountains, making it a versatile and attractive destination.

Best places to stay in Cyprus in Paphos without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Amavi, MadeForTwo Hotels – Paphos, great 5-star beachfront hotel, located right next to the beach and the promenade, within walking distance from the medieval castle, the old harbor and the tourist center. It has 3 swimming pools, 4 restaurants, and free parking.
  • Mid-range ($$): Alexander The Great Beach Hotel, 4-star hotel, located on Poseidonos Avenue, a seafront location a short walk from central Paphos and Paphos Harbour. 15 mins walk from Paphos Archaeological Park and the Church by St. Paul’s Pillar.
  • Budget ($): Princessa Vera Hotel Apartments, great 3-star accommodation located within walking distance from Faros Beach, The Church by St. Paul’s Pillar, and Paphos Municipal Park. It offers free parking for those who drive. Close to the beach, harbor, bus stations, as well as many pubs and restaurants with live music.

3. Larnaca

Larnaca, located on the southern coast of Cyprus, is a historic and laid-back city known for its beautiful beaches, lively promenade, and cultural attractions. It’s also home to the island’s main international airport, making it a convenient starting point for your Cyprus adventure.

The Finikoudes Promenade is a focal point of Larnaca. It’s a lively waterfront area lined with palm trees, restaurants, cafes, and bars. You can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and enjoy views of the sea.

Larnaca offers several beaches, with the most popular being Finikoudes Beach and Mackenzie Beach. These sandy beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing, and various water sports.

You can visit the St. Lazarus Church, a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture. It is home to the tomb of St. Lazarus, an important religious figure in Christianity.

Hala Sultan Tekke historical mosque, located on the shore of the Larnaca Salt Lake, is an important religious site for Muslims. It is known for its stunning architecture and serene surroundings.

Larnaca Salt Lake is home to migratory flamingos during the winter months, making it a popular spot for birdwatching and nature enthusiasts.

The marina area is known for its yachts and sailing boats, making it a pleasant place for a stroll, with restaurants offering views of the water.

Larnaca has several museums and cultural centers, such as the Larnaca Archaeological Museum, Pierides Museum, and the Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery.

The area offers easy access to the Kamares Aqueduct, a well-preserved Ottoman-era aqueduct that once supplied water to Larnaca.

Best places to stay in Cyprus in Larnaca without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Leonardo Boutique Hotel Larnaca, great 4-star hotel, located in a quiet location,  short walk to the beach, bars, and restaurants. Offering paid airport shuttle services (10 mins away), an outdoor swimming pool, and very good breakfast. 
  • Budget ($): The Josephine Boutique Hotel, popular 3-star hotel situated a short walk from Saint Lazarus Church, Dimarchio Square, and Finikoudes Beach. Easy access to buses for intercity travel. 
  • Luxury ($$$): Radisson Blu Hotel, Larnaca, 5-star hotel located in a quiet location, in Larnaca, a short cab ride away from the main beach and marina. It is best to have a car to stay here, but not, you’ll need to use a taxi to get around.

4. Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa, located on the southeastern coast of Cyprus, is a well-known tourist destination famous for its lively nightlife, stunning beaches, and a wide range of entertainment options. 

Ayia Napa is renowned for its beautiful, sandy beaches such as Nissi Beach, Makronissos Beach, and Landa Beach. The crystal-clear waters and water sports facilities make them ideal for sunbathing and swimming.

Ayia Napa is synonymous with nightlife in Cyprus. The town has a plethora of bars, nightclubs, and beach parties that attract party-goers from around the world. You can expect a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, especially during the summer months.

Nissi Avenue is the main thoroughfare of Ayia Napa, lined with restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars. It’s a hub of activity and a great place to explore.

Ayia Napa has some fantastic water parks, such as WaterWorld Waterpark and Ayia Napa Aqueduct Waterpark, which are perfect for a day of family fun.

Cape Greco National Forest Park, located nearby, offers stunning natural beauty and hiking opportunities with scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

You can Visit the picturesque Ayia Napa Monastery, a historic and cultural landmark. It’s a tranquil oasis in the midst of the bustling town.

Best places to stay in Cyprus in Ayia Napa without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Amanti, MadeForTwo Hotels – Ayia Napa, 5-star hotel located on Melissiou street, featuring 3 swimming pools and 4 restaurants. It has a quiet location close to everything including the beach, nightlife area and restaurants.
  • Mid-range ($$): Margadina Hotel, 4-star family-friendly hotel, featuring free parking, family rooms, and Very good breakfast. It is set in a central location, short walk from the beach, and only 5 min from Main Street. 
  • Budget ($): Blue Harbour Boutique,3-star accommodation located within walking distance from Ayia Napa Monastery, Thalassa Museum, and the Harbour area.

5. Protaras/ Fig Tree Bay 

Protaras is a popular coastal resort town on the southeastern coast of Cyprus, known for its stunning beaches, family-friendly atmosphere, and a range of outdoor activities. 

Protaras boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus. Fig Tree Bay is the most famous and offers soft golden sands and crystal-clear waters, making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Other nearby beaches include Konnos Beach and Green Bay.

The Protaras Coastal Promenade, known as the Protaras Boardwalk, is a scenic route for walking and cycling, lined with cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Protaras is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, making it a popular destination for travelers with children. Many hotels and resorts offer family-oriented amenities and services.

Take boat tours and excursions to explore the stunning coastline, sea caves, and underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea. You can also book fishing trips and day cruises to nearby locations.

Best places to stay in Cyprus in Protaras without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Capo Bay Hotel, 5-star beachfront hotel located on Iasonos Street in the heart of Protaras. It is right on Fig Tree Bay beach and within easy walking distance from many bars and restaurants.
  • Mid-range ($$): Kokkinos Boutique Hotel, 4-star hotel, located in the center of Protaras, within walking distance from Fig Tree Bay, as well as a wide selection of bars, shops and restaurants.  
  • Budget ($):  Kapetanios Bay Hotel Protaras, 3-star hotel located in a prime location in the main tourist area of Protaras and a short walk from the beaches, the strip and restaurants and pubs. Free private parking and car rental service are available. 

6. Nicosia

Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is a unique city that is divided into two parts: the southern part, controlled by the Republic of Cyprus, and the northern part, which is administered by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. This division adds an interesting historical and political dimension to the city. 

Nicosia is rich in history and culture. The Old Town (Lefkosia) in the southern part of the city is home to various historical sites, including the Cyprus Museum, Leventis Municipal Museum, and the Hamam Omerye Baths. You can also explore the Venetian Walls and the Laiki Geitonia area with its traditional architecture.

Ledra Street is a pedestrianized shopping street in the heart of the Old Town and is a great place for shopping, dining, and experiencing the city’s lively atmosphere.

The Green Line is the buffer zone dividing the city, and you can visit the Ledra Street crossing point to see the division for yourself. There’s also a UN-controlled area with the Nicosia International Airport.

St. John’s Cathedral is located in the Old Town and is a must-visit for those interested in architecture and religious history.

Nicosia has several parks and gardens, including the Municipal Gardens, Athalassa National Forest Park, and Pedieos River Linear Park, where you can relax and enjoy nature.

Nicosia offers a wide variety of dining options, from traditional Cypriot tavernas to international restaurants. Meze, a traditional style of dining with a variety of small dishes, is a popular way to enjoy Cypriot cuisine.

Nicosia is a great choice for travelers interested in history, culture, and a cosmopolitan urban experience. The city’s unique status as the last divided capital in Europe adds a layer of intrigue to your visit, and it provides a gateway to exploring other parts of Cyprus due to its central location on the island.

Best places to stay in Cyprus in Nicosia without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): MAP Boutique Hotel, 5-star hotel located on Stasinou Avenue, minutes away from Ledras St. offering airport shuttle services, Superb breakfast, and 24-hour front desk.
  • Budget ($): Centrum Hotel – City Center, 3-star hotel located in Eleftherias Square, a short walk away from Ledra and Onasagorou Street, with lots of restaurants, cafes, and museums. It is located in the center of the old town, only few minutes from the bus station
  • Budget ($): Gate Twenty Two Boutique Hotel, this accommodation is set  in the Old Town Nicosia, close to the House of Representatives – Nicosia, Ministry of Labour, and Ministry of the Interior – Nicosia.

In conclusion, Limassol, Paphos, Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Protaras, and Nicosia are the best places to stay in Cyprus without a car. These areas offer easy access to tourist attractions and amenities on foot, by bus, or taxi, so you won’t need a car for your stay.

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas that you can stay during your car-free trip to Cyprus. I hope you found my article helpful and enjoy your holiday!

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your feedback is invaluable and helps me continue to create more quality travel guides.

About Author: Ocean Cameron

I'm Ocean, founder and main editor of travelhotelexpert.com. I’m a passionate traveler who specializes in uncovering the best hotels and locations in every city, especially for first-timers, all without the need for a car.

Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. This means that, at absolutely no additional cost to you, I'll earn a small commission if you click through and purchase something I've recommended. I only recommend products that I use myself or firmly believe in. Thank you!

Leave a Comment