There are many countries in this world that can truly amaze you just because of how beautiful they are. Cyprus is one of those countries. There are palm trees, sandy beaches, mountains and incredible sea views. This is why Cyprus is also one of those countries that just calls out for a road trip so that you can see as much of the island as possible.
7 Day Cyprus Road Trip Itinerary
So, if you have 7 days to spend in Cyprus, and want to tour Cyprus by car, then this 7 day road trip itinerary is for you. Be sure to read my driving in Cyprus tips too!
Day 1 – Paphos
On your first day, you’ll likely be picking up your rental car, unpacking and wanting to chill out, so I’m going to recommend that you take it easy on your first day.
Paphos is a great base for this 7 day Cyprus itinerary as it’s just 20 minutes away from the Paphos International Airport, which is where you’ll likely be flying into when in Southern Cyprus.
Once you’ve checked into your hotel and are unpacked, I’m recommending you head to the Municipal Baths in Paphos. This is only a small beach, but it’s very popular with locals and tourists alike, is great for swimming and has showers on-site. Feel free to spend a few hours here, unwinding and settling into your new holiday.
Once you’re feeling refreshed and ready to start exploring, you could opt to visit the Paphos Archaeological Park, which is just a 25 minute walk away, along the coast.
Paphos Archaeological Park is home to a number of different mosaics, all devoted to telling the stories of the Greek Gods. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and at just €4.50 for entry, this is the perfect introduction to your week in Cyprus.
Day 2 – Baths of Aphrodite and Aphrodite’s Beach
As your first day was spent at a more relaxed pace, you may now be feeling like you can take a longer drive out of Paphos to see some of the sights.
The Baths of Aphrodite are about an hour’s drive from the centre of Paphos and are well worth a visit. It’s believed that this small pool is where Aphrodite first met her lover, Adonis. If you didn’t already know, Aphrodite plays a huge part in Cyprus history, with various myths being based here, including this meeting with Aphrodite and the birth of Aphrodite herself happening off the coast of the island as well.
The baths are also a great starting point for those of you who like a bit of hiking, as the Aphrodite, Adonis, Smiges and Pissouromouttis trails across the Akamas Peninsula start here. Each trail offers breathtaking views across the ocean and landscapes, or, if you just want the view without the hike, you can go to the trail starting points and still see some great sights from there.
In case hiking isn’t quite your thing, or maybe you want a relaxing rest stop post-hike, nearby Aphrodite’s Beach is a great option. Just across from the Polis side of the Baths of Aphrodite car park are some steep steps down to the beach. You can either rent sunbeds and parasols, or head to the right to laze on your beach towel, and swim and snorkel. The water here is very clear, and you may be lucky enough to see some wildlife during your time in the water.
Note: Entry to the baths, beach and trails are all free.
Day 3 – Coral Bay
I’m a firm believer in giving yourself a good balance of both relaxation and sightseeing while travelling, which is why I’m recommending your third day be spent relaxing again.
Just 20 minutes north of the centre of Paphos is Coral Bay, a truly stunning beach. There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols available for hire (€2.50 per sunbed, plus €2.50 for each parasol), several bars and cafes along the beach and good toilet facilities. The water is also really warm and clean here, making it perfect for swimming.
There is also a great watersports centre here too (Coral Bay Watersports), which provides you with all the equipment you need for boat trips, snorkelling excursions, parasailing, jet ski rides and more. They have a shack right in the middle of the beach — just look for the flying flags.
Day 4 – Ayia Napa Sea Caves and the Monument of Peace
Day 4 of this 7 day Cyprus road trip itinerary will be spent sightseeing again. Why not take a drive north to Ayia Napa? Although it takes a couple of hours to get there from Paphos, there is a very good reason why you would drive there.
And that is the Ayia Napa Sea Caves!
The water here is the most clean and clear I’ve ever seen, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. And the views from the cliffs is incredible! To get down to the water, you have to either jump from the cliffs (for the adrenaline junkies), or climb down the rocks (the climb is quite steep, but not impossible)! Just watch your step, and wear sensible shoes.
You’ll want to spend several hours swimming and snorkelling at the Sea Caves, but whilst you’re in Ayia Napa, I’d also recommend scouting out the Monument of Peace landmark. The statue itself isn’t much to look at, but the views from the top of the hill are fantastic!
On your way either to or from Ayia Napa, it would also be worth visiting the beach called Petro tou Romiou. This beach is home to Aphrodite’s Rock – where it is believed Aphrodite was ‘born’ from the sea foam and rose up onto this world-famous rock. Legend dictates that if you want good luck in love and romance, then you should swim out and around Aphrodite’s Rock.
Access to the beach (and rock) are via the underground pedestrian walkway at the Tourist Centre.
Day 5 – Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark
It wouldn’t be a holiday to a fun and hot destination without also scouting out the local waterpark.
Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark is located very close to the main centre (just 10 minutes by car) and has a number of waterslides, wave pool, bouncy water bubble and inflatable rubber rings to take down the slides. This is a great waterpark to come to, and you can easily spend all day here (like we did).
There are sunbeds and parasols available (for no extra charge), plus lockers, changing rooms, cafes and restaurants.
If you decide to buy drinks or food in the park, they scan your wristband and do not take payment until you leave the park at the end of the day (everything is totalled up at the end). This is great as it saves you having to carry money around with you, or head back to the lockers before eating or drinking.
Day 6 – Tombs of the Kings
Now that we’ve had a few days of beaches, swimming and relaxation, it’s time to head to another historical landmark.
Dating from the Hellenic and Roman eras, and found within Kato Pafos (the old part of Paphos), the Tombs of the Kings are an interesting (and eerie) place to visit.
There are eight tombs to see here, with tombs 3, 4 and 8 being the most interesting.
Expect to spend 2-3 hours exploring the whole plot, but you could easily get this down to an hour if you just wanted to see the main tombs (or if you start melting in the heat). On a warm day, it can get very hot walking between the tombs, so always make sure you have plenty of water with you, as you won’t find anything like that on-site.
Sadly, you won’t find any hidden treasures in the tombs as they have all been plundered over the centuries. What you will find though is a large almost desert-land, with underground tombs of varying shapes and sizes… and an eerie feeling that you are being watched as you descend the different stone steps.
Note: An adult’s entry ticket costs just €2.50 — bargain!
For the evening, I’m going to recommend you head to Faros Beach to watch the sunset. There is a great little snackbar here (more on that later), which offers a great base for sunset-watching. The beach itself is lovely and even has a boarded walkway, which is popular with locals, tourists and dog walkers.
Day 7 – Eleouthkia Botanical Park
Admittedly, your final day will likely be spent packing up and heading back to the airport, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also see one last sight before you go!
Eleouthkia Botanical Park is only 5 minutes away from the airport, so (depending on your flight times), you could head here for a couple of hours.
The park is free to enter and has over 55,000 different types of flowers, shrubs, trees and plants to admire and learn more about. And often, you’ll come across shaped shrubs and displays, which really do help to bring this joyous little park to life!
Alongside the shaped shrubs, you’ll spot cute little bridges, quaint wooden huts and tiny pathways that take you right through the trees and under shaded canopies.
It’s a very relaxing place to visit, just perfect for getting you in the right frame of mind before heading back to airport security!
Bonus #1: Where to Stay in Paphos
There are a number of fantastic hotels, villas and holiday homes in and around Paphos to suit a range of budgets.
Here are my top picks:
- St Nicolas Elegant Residence – Offering spacious self-catered apartments, with restaurants, corner shop and multiple swimming pools on-site
- Villa Despoina – Stunning holiday home with swimming pool and very upmarket decor
- Meltemi Villas – Pretty and traditional villa with some of the best views in the city
- Lighthouse Holiday Resort – Modern and bright self-catered apartment (with sea views!)
Bonus #2: Where to Eat and Drink
When in Cyprus, it’s customary to make the most of the Greek and Mediterranean influences that this country has, especially when it comes to food and drink.
Here are my picks of the best places to eat and drink in Paphos and Ayia Napa (to match the attractions found in this itinerary).
Delicious Cocktails & Mocktails
Serving the best mocktails has got to be Mar Bianco, which overlooks the ocean in Paphos. For alcoholic cocktails, Pingouino Cafe is a great option – I highly recommend their ‘Bounty’ cocktail, which really does taste like a chocolate and coconut Bounty bar!
For light bites and drinks on the go, the Lighthouse Beach Bar near Faros Beach is brilliant. Their milkshakes are particularly delicious; they’re made from scratch and use fresh ingredients!
Within the carpark at the Monument of Peace in Ayia Napa, there is a small juice bar, which is well worth a visit as well. For just €4, you’ll get the freshest (and most exotic tasting) smoothie you’ve probably ever had in Europe!
Greek & Mediterranean Food
Within Paphos, there are a number of great options for Greek and Mediterranean food such as Dias Zeus, Ficardo Restaurant, the Windmill Restaurant and Incanto. If heading to the latter, I highly recommend you ask for their 3 course set menu, which is great value for money and very tasty!
If you decide to follow this itinerary and drive up to Ayia Napa, then I also recommend Spartiatis, which also serves Greek food. It has a spectacular sea view in the garden area as well!
There’s also a great restaurant in the Aphrodite Waterpark in Paphos, which is well worth a visit. It’s called Phuket, and it serves delicious Chinese and Thai cuisine for great prices and of good portion sizes.
Cyprus is such a stunning island to explore and admire, which is why I would definitely recommend spending a week here (especially if you’re embarking on a road trip like we did!) It’s a small island as well, so even if you drive from one end to the other, you’ll only actually be driving for a few hours, so it’s definitely possible to see a lot in the time you do have.
I hope these Cyprus itinerary ideas come in handy! Do you think you’ll follow this road trip itinerary? Is there anything I’ve missed off? Feel free to jot down a few thoughts in the comments below…
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