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The ultimate Cyprus road trip itinerary

Explore the best parts of the fascinating island of Cyprus with this 4-day road trip itinerary. Pristine beaches, monumental monasteries, archeological sites, and medieval castles guaranteed!

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Larnaca to Limassol- 70 kilometers (45 miles)📍

Limassol to Omodos- 40 kilometers (25 miles) 📍

Omodos to Paphos- 60 kilometers (35 miles)📍

Paphos to Kykkos Monastery- 110 kilometers (65 miles)📍

Kykkos Monastery to Nicosia- 90 kilometers (55 miles)📍

Nicosia to Girne- 30 kilometers (20 miles)📍

Girne to Golden Beach- 130 kilometers (80 miles)📍

Golden Beach to Ayia Napa- 130 kilometers (80 miles)📍

Ayia Napa to Larnaca- 60 kilometers (35 miles)📍

740 kilometers (460 miles) in total

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

The total driving distance for this road trip is a little less than 750 kilometers. Rentalmoose recommends dedicating at least 4 days to complete this road trip.

If you want to see all of the attractions along the way, it’s best to spend at least a week on the road.

What is the best time of the year to visit Cyprus?

The best time to visit Cyprus is between May and June, as those are the two driest months of the year. The temperatures are pleasant, with a daily average of around 25 degrees Celsius. When going in May or June, you can avoid the hordes of tourists that visit Cyprus in the summer.

Visiting Cyprus during the summer is great weather-wise. It’s very hot, ideal for laying at the beach. However, the scorching heat can get overwhelming when exploring archeological sites or strolling through villages. It’s also the peak of the tourist season.

Can you cross Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus?

Yes! Cyprus has a rather bloody history followed by a Turkish invasion in the 1970s, and a large part of the island belongs to Turkey. Tourists can freely cross the Greek and Turkish sides at designated checkpoints.

Despite the region’s history, Cyprus is safe for tourists. There is an army of UN peacekeepers to maintain safety between the two sides, and there is a “buffer zone” at the border of the two parts of Cyprus. There haven’t been conflicts since the checkpoints first opened in 2003.

Rentalmoose insider tip: Make sure to enter Cyprus from the Greek side (i.e. Larnaca International Airport) as the Turkish entrance points are deemed illegal by the Greek authorities, and you won’t be able to cross into the Greek part of Cyprus.

Road Trip Extensions

If you want to explore the region even further, consider extending the trip into one of these picturesque regions.

Turkish Riviera

You can take a ferry from Cyprus to mainland Turkey and then make your way over to the picturesque Turkish Riviera. Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty and historical sites, as well as terrific cuisine. Click here for the guide.

Greek Islands

While in the Mediterranean, why not explore nearby Greek islands? There are hundreds of them to choose from! Consider going to Rhodes or Santorini, and check out Rentalmoose travel guides to plan your ideal road trip.

Why should you get a rental car in Cyprus?

Cyprus is the ideal destination to explore in a rental car! The main roads are well-developed (B-roads, not as much. Try to stick to the main roads.), and there are some scenic coastal and hillside drives.

Public transport in Cyprus is rather hectic, it’s impossible to access some hotspots in remote parts of the island by bus.

There are plenty of parking spaces around touristic locations around the island.

When booking your rental car, don’t forget to add excess coverage provided by Rentalmoose. If you take check-in photos when picking up your rental car, you can qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee!

Can tourists drive in Cyprus?

Yes! National driving licenses are recognized. Tourists who wish to rent a car in Cyprus do not need an International Driving Permit. It’s enough to take a valid license issued in your home country.

Driving in Cyprus can feel chaotic to those who haven’t driven in countries like Greece or Italy. The traffic rules are not strictly enforced, on-street parking is a common sight everywhere (sometimes even in the middle of intersections or roundabouts) and locals seem to be driving as fast as they please.

Cyprus has left-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your exciting Cyprus road trip itinerary!


larnaca cyprus, small square and cobblestone roads. Whitewashed buildings, traditional architecture, empty tables. sunny day in cyprus

Colorful streets of Larnaca. Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas.

Welcome to the picturesque island of Cyprus! For maximum convenience, Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly when you arrive at the Larnaca International Airport. Browse through available options via Rentalmoose.

What are the best attractions in Larnaca?

Church of Saint Lazarus

The Church of Saint Lazarus, or Agios Lazaros in Greek, dates back all the way to the 9th century. The monumental structure, located in the heart of Larnaca, is a prime example of Byzantine architecture, one of the best in Cyprus. 

Though parts of the church were destroyed by the Ottomans, the rest has undergone restoration in the 17th century and can be admired in nearly all of its glory.

The tomb of Saint Lazarus can be visited under the sanctuary within the church. If you wish to learn more about the history of the region, visit the museum.

The church of Saint Lazarus can be accessed from Monday to Saturday from 8 AM to 6:30 PM, and on Sundays from 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Admission to the church is free of charge. Remember to dress appropriately when visiting places of worship.

Hala Sultan Tekke

The Hala Sultan Tekke is a mosque located on the western shore of the Larnaca Salt Lake, just a few kilometers west from the city center. 

Originally, the mosque was built on top of Umm Haram’s tomb, the foster-mother of the Prophet Mohammed. The structure itself was constructed much later, in the late 1700s, by the Ottomans.

After taking a look at the lake, travelers can stroll around the surrounding area. In the summer, you can hike along the trails that will take you around the dried-up salt lake. If you’re lucky, you might spot flocks of flamingos.

The mosque is open all week from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Admission is free of charge. Remember to dress appropriately when visiting places of worship.

Finikoudes Beach

Unwind after a day of exploring Larnaca at Finikoudes, the city’s main beach right in the heart of Larnaca. You can rent a sunbed and umbrella for around 3 EUR. If sunbathing isn’t your thing, why not go for a dip in the sea?

You can then stroll around the wonderful promenade filled with exotic palm trees, get souvenirs at the local gift shops, or step inside one of the numerous cafes for a refreshing drink.

Grada Taverna

For an authentic Mediterranean dinner, head to Grada Taverna in the northern part of Larnaca. This delicious eatery serves some of the best local food you can find in all of Cyprus. Choose from dishes such as a selection of kebabs and grilled meats, fresh seafood, or meze. 

The restaurant is considered one of the best picks in town, book your table ahead if planning to visit on the weekend.

Grada Taverna is open all week except Mondays from 6 PM to 11 PM.

What are the best hotels in Larnaca?

Palm Beach Hotel and Bungalows

When in Larnaca, why not stay at one of the city’s beautiful waterfront hotels? Consider checking-in at the Palm Beach Hotel and Bungalows, a 4-star seafront hotel north of the city. The property features elegant decor, a large spa and wellness center, a gym, and trendy restaurants.

Edem Hotel

If you are traveling on a tighter budget, the 3-star Edem Hotel might be perfect for you. Located just a short walk away from Finikoudes Beach, this property features well-equipped rooms with complimentary wi-fi, as well as a bar. Finikoudes is 4 minutes away on foot.

Next on your Cyprus road trip itinerary: Limassol, 50 minutes


limassol marina, harbor, beautiful port with blue water, parked luxury yachts and a waterfront restaurant with outdoor seating under an umbrella. colorful buildings in the distance.

Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas

Drive along the southern coast of Cyprus for a little less than an hour until you reach Limassol, the second-largest city on the island.

Is Limassol worth visiting?

Of course! Limassol is the trendy, modern hotspot of Cyprus. The city’s colorful promenade lined with cafes and restaurants, a monumental castle, and nearby archeological sites all attract thousands of international tourists as well as locals.

Limassol Marina

Once you get to Limassol, park your rental car at this car park near the marina. The first 30 minutes are free of charge, then 3.50 EUR for the first two hours and an extra Euro added per every hour. 

Then, it’s time to explore the upscale Limassol Marina! Walk along the promenade docked with expensive yachts, drop by one of the cafes for a refreshing beverage, or go on a waterfront shopping spree.

Limassol Castle

After spending some time at the modern marina, make your way over to the Limassol Castle in the city’s historic district. The castle that’s here today was built by the Ottomans back in the late 1500s. Guests can admire the exterior or step inside, as the structure has been turned into The Cyprus Medieval Museum.

The museum is home to some precious medieval artifacts, including an exhibition of Medieval pottery or tombstones.

Limassol Medieval Castle is open from Monday to Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM, and on Sundays from 10 AM to 1 PM. 

Admission to the museum costs 4.5 EUR per person. Tickets can be purchased upon entrance.

Kolossi Castle

The Kolossi Castle, located about 10 kilometers away from the heart of Limassol, is one of the most important historical sites on the island. The fortification dates back to 1210 when it was first constructed. It used to be one of the strongholds of the Crusaders. The castle was later demolished and had been rebuilt in the 15th century. 

The archeological site is open all week from 8.15 AM to 7.45 PM. Admission costs just 2.5 EUR per person.

Kourion Archeological Site

As you make your way out of Limassol, be sure to stop at the Kourion Archeological Site. According to archeologists, the Ancient City of Kourion was one of the major settlements on the island. The site is famous for its colorful mosaics that once decorated the mansions and other buildings within the city.

Once you’re at the site, don’t miss the ancient Kurion Theatre. The theatre dates back to the second century BC, it could seat 3500 spectators and provided panoramic views of the sea.

The Kourion Archeological site is open all week between 8 AM and 7:30 PM. Admission costs 1.5 EUR per person.

Next on your Cyprus road trip: Omodos, 40 minutes


omodos traditional village, stone buildings, outdoor restaurant tables and a woman walking with stroller through cobblestone street. tourists at a gift shop in the distance. Mountains in background

Photography by Dimitris Vetsikas.

It’s time to head inland, leaving Limassol behind. Head up the mountains for a little over 30 minutes until you reach the village of Omodos, set in the middle of the countryside. Don’t be fooled by the size of it, Omodos is famous for its aromatic wine and an annual wine festival!

What can you do in Omodos?

Omodos Square

Observe the local life at Omodos Square, right in the heart of the village. It’s been the vibrant center of local gatherings ever since its completion in 1910.

Today, you can stroll around the square, admire the picturesque whitewashed village, or step inside one of the cafes for a snack.

Timios Stavros Monastery

A short walk from the square will take you to the monumental Timios Stavros Monastery. Inside, guests can find what is said to be an element of the cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on. The monastery has a beautiful courtyard with views that open up to the mountains.

Katoi Restaurant

Before leaving Omodos, head to the renowned Katoi Restaurant for another delicious meal in Cyprus. The large eatery is located in one of the oldest buildings in the village and has been renovated and decorated in a tasteful style. The Mediterranean cuisine served here is authentic, fresh, and tasty. It is by far the best restaurant in Omodos.

The restaurant is open all week from noon to 4 PM, and from 7 PM to 10 PM on weekends.

Rentalmoose insider tip: As it’s the most popular place to eat in Omodos, Rentalmoose recommends booking your table ahead of your visit.

Next on your Cyprus road trip: Paphos, 50 minutes


paphos shore, dramatic coastline with cliffs and blue water hitting the coast. cloudy yet sunny day in cyprus

Photography by Dimitris Vetsikas.

The last leg of a journey for the day is a short drive back to the coast and the city of Paphos.

What are the best things to do in Paphos?

Tombs of the Kings

When in Paphos, you can’t skip the Tombs of the Kings archeological site. The tombs date back to the Hellenistic period, and the underground network of tunnels and chambers can be explored by the public.

Despite the name, Tombs of the Kings were actually used to bury high ranked officials rather than actual kings.

The tombs are open from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Admission costs 2.5 EUR per person.

Tombs of the Kings photographed by Walkerssk.

Paphos Castle

Drive over to the lively Paphos Harbor, and then stroll down to the large medieval castle right at the edge of it. The Paphos Castle was originally built as a fortification during the Byzantine times to protect the town’s harbor, and was later rebuilt in the 1400s after it had suffered major damage after an earthquake in 1222. The castle then changed ownership multiple times and was used as a salt store by the British until 1935 when it was declared an ancient monument.

Today, the monumental castle serves as a reminder of the island’s past. Guests can admire the exterior and the surrounding sea, or step inside and wander around the interior.

Admission to the Paphos castle costs 2.5 EUR. Open daily between 8:30 AM and 5 PM.

Nea Paphos

Nea Paphos is a large archeological site, one of the must-see ancient sites in all of Cyprus. The park consists of ruins from ancient times up to medieval times, the majority is from the Roman period. Guests can see the ruins of five different houses (Dionysus, Theseus, Aiona, Orpheus, and the Four Seasons), as well as the Asklepieion, the Odeon, and the Saranta Kolones.

The site is open all week from 8 AM to 7:30 PM. Admission costs 4.5 EUR per person.

Rentalmoose insider tip: If you are planning to visit the Tombs of the Kings, the Castle, and Nea Paphos, consider purchasing a combined ticket. For 8.5 EUR, you can access all of the attractions listed above.

The Windmill Restaurant

For dinner, head over to The Windmill. This family-run restaurant features Greek cuisine with lots of vegan-friendly options. Enjoy a platter of grilled seafood, or traditional lamb chops.

Open daily from 6:30 PM to 10 PM. It’s one of the favorites in Paphos, book your table ahead of the visit.

What are the best hotels in Paphos?

The Elysium Hotel

Sophisticated travelers should spend the night at the prestigious Elysium Hotel. This elegant 5-star property features stylish Byzantine-style decor, vivid gardens with tennis courts and an outdoor pool, spa and wellness center, and a steam room. Tombs of the Kings are practically next door.

Roman Boutique Hotel

The Roman Boutique Hotel is just a short stroll away from the heart of Paphos. The 3-star hotel features ancient decor, large rooms, an outdoor pool, and a spa. 

Add in the perfect location just a kilometer away from the harbor, and you get one of the best reasonably-priced stays in town.

Next on your Cyprus road trip itinerary: Kykkos Monastery, 2 hours 30 minutes

Kykkos Monastery

kykkos monaster. whitewashed stone architecture, outdoor staircase and large belltower. sunny day in kykkos monastery cyprus

Photography by Julian Nyca

Today, you’ll drive back inland to see the picturesque Kykkos Monastery. First, drive along the coast to see three pristine beaches.

What is the best beach in Paphos?

Coral Bay

Coral Bay is a popular beach around 15 minutes away from Paphos. The pristine beach is lined with resorts and different amenities. It’s perfect for families, as the water is shallow and the currents are calm. There are also lifeguards on duty during the summer season. After swimming, travelers can sunbathe or stroll down the golden sands.

Lara Bay

Lara Bay is a must-visit location in the northwest part of Cyprus. Apart from clear water and pristine sand, this small beach is known to be a home for loggerhead and green turtles. If you’re lucky, you might just spot the little guys!

The secluded sandy beach doesn’t have any facilities. It is recommended to drive to the beach with a 4WD car.

Latsi Beach

Latsi Beach is a rather long pebble beach around 40 minutes away from Paphos. The beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing, as there are lifeguards on duty across the shore, and there are sunbeds and umbrellas that can be hired for the day.

Afterward, you can head to one of the waterfront cafes or taverns for a quick snack.

Kykkos Monastery

Kykkos Monastery lays in the picturesque hillside, within the vibrant Paphos Forest. The structure dates back to the 11th century when it was commissioned by a Byzantine Emperor.

Today, it remains one of the most famous and wealthiest monasteries in the country. If you only have time to see one monastery in Cyprus, this is it! Admire the exterior and its beautiful surrounding hills, then step inside and examine the beautiful artwork and decor that’s stored here.

Kykkos Monastery is open all week between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Next on your Cyprus road trip: Nicosia, 1 hour 40 minutes


Photo by Sergei Gussev.

Continue east towards Nicosia, the famous divided capital of Cyprus. 

Is Nicosia worth visiting?

Most definitely! Whilst Nicosia may not be the most picturesque spot in Cyprus, it’s a fascinating city that’s worth seeing, where you can truly see the division between the Greek and Turkish sides of the island.

Selimiye Mosque

Seeing a Gothic church-turned-mosque is certainly not a common sight, that’s exactly what makes the Selimiye Mosque unique. It’s a great symbol of the confusing history of the city, as well as all of Cyprus. A Gothic church was turned into a mosque by the Ottomans back in the 1500s. It’s located in northern Nicosia (Turkish part of the city)

Cyprus Museum

The Cyprus Museum is home to a selection of precious items found in different excavation sites all over the island. In fact, the museum doesn’t showcase any imported pieces and focuses only on artifacts found in Cyprus. The exhibits are from between the Stone Age and the Roman period.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday between 8 AM and 6 PM, Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 1 PM. Closed on Mondays.

Admission to the Cyprus Museum costs 4.5 EUR per person.

Ledra Street

Shopping freaks should definitely visit Ledra Street. It used to be the go-to shopping spot for locals up until Nicosia’s division in 1963. Back in 2008, it was reopened once again, it was a symbolic step in improving the relationship between the two sides.

Today, the street is lined with stores where tourists can find clothes, souvenirs, accessories, as well as cafes and restaurants. 

What’s more, travelers can climb the 11th floor of the Shacolas Tower and enjoy panoramic views of the area. Open all week from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Giagia Victoria

During your road trip in Cyprus, you have to try a portion of traditional Cypriot coffee. Head over to Giagia Victoria, one of the best cafes in town. Order a cup of strong Cypriot coffee or a portion of regional cakes and delight.

Giagia Victoria is open daily from 7 AM to 10 PM.

Which hotel in Nicosia is the best?

The Landmark Nicosia

Sophisticated guests should book a room at the 5-star Landmark Nicosia. The elegant property features spacious rooms and suites, stylish decor, an outdoor pool, and a wellness center that’s equipped with an indoor pool and a large gym.

Hotel Valide Hanim Konak

If you’re traveling on a tighter budget, consider staying at the 3-star Hotel Valide Hanim Konak over on the Turkish side of Nicosia. This boutique hotel features 7 air-conditioned rooms with Wi-Fi. Unwind after a long day at the cozy Konak Cafe.

Next on your Cyprus road trip: Girne, 40 minutes


st hilarion castle on top of large cliff mountain in northern cyprus. the ruins can be accessed from a small mountain road. cloudy day in cyprus

St Hilarion Castle photographed by Yolanda Coervers.

St Hilarion Castle

Remains of the St Hilarion Castle are set on top of a tall mountain in northern Cyprus. It is one of the best-preserved Crusaders Castles in the world! It is a spot worth visiting for both history lovers as well as photographers, as there are panoramic views of Cyprus and the Mediterranean.

How to reach Saint Hilarion Castle?

Follow the winding road which will take you to a small car park. You can leave your rental car here and explore the castle on foot. Be sure to take your camera, stunning views are guaranteed!

Remember to post your best photos from this road trip online using #Rentalmoose for a chance to win a free rental car!

The ruins can be accessed for 9 Turkish Lira (1.15 EUR), from 8 AM to 6:30 PM daily.

Bellapais Abbey

Bellapais Abbey is another monastery worth visiting during your Cyprus road trip. The ruins of the 13th-century monastery are a spectacular sight. Once again, be sure to take your camera with you!

Bellapais Abbey can be accessed for 10 TL (1.3 EUR), between 8 AM and 7 PM daily.

bellapais abbey monumental arches and ruins, three large trees in distance. sunny day in northern cyprus

Photo by Kasjan Farbisz.

Optional: Girne (Kyrenia) Harbor

If you have the extra time, drop by the small town of Girne, or Kyrenia. You can stroll down the harbor or visit one of the seafront restaurants. There are also various hotels you can stay at if you choose to extend your stay.

Azure Restaurant

Drop by the Azure restaurant in Girne for a delicious lunch. This cozy eatery offers a mix of Mediterranean cuisine, mainly focusing on Turkish dishes. 

Open all week from 1 PM to 10:30 PM. 

Next on your Cyprus itinerary: Golden Beach, 2 hours 10 minutes

Golden Beach

cyprus golden beach. empty sandy beach, long cove with calm blue sea and hills in distance. golden beach in cyprus is very underrated

Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas

It’s time to head to the northeastern tip of the island to see the Golden Beach, one of the best beaches on the island. The drive adds an extra 2 hours of driving to the journey each way.

What is the best beach in northern Cyprus?

The famous Golden Beach is an unspoiled, pristine sandy beach at the northeastern tip of Cyprus. A lot of tourists don’t make it here as the drive is around 2 hours one-way from Nicosia. They are, however, missing out a lot!

Rental Moose Mascot posing with tourist on the coast of a sandy beach in Northern Cyprus. Find the best beach in Cyprus with our curated cyprus road trip itinerary.

The wide sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing, an afternoon stroll, or a dip in the crystal-clear Mediterranean. If you’re lucky, you might spot turtles as well.

Don’t forget to bring your own water, umbrella, and snacks. The beach is secluded and doesn’t have any facilities.

Next on your Cyprus road trip itinerary: Konnos Beach, 2 hours 20 minutes

Konnos Beach, Fig Tree Bay & Nissi Beach

nissi beach cyprus, crystal-clear water on an empty day. small island connected with sandy path. one palm tree on sand, no tourists. sunrise in cyprus

Nissi beach photographed by Dimitris Vetsikas

Before heading back to Larnaca, make one last stop at the southeastern tip of the island. This part of Cyprus is home to some of the best beaches you can find.

Fig Tree Bay

Most tourists agree that Fig Tree Bay is one of the best beaches in Cyprus. In fact, it was deemed the 3rd best beach in the world by the Big 7 Travel in 2019. It was ranked the third best beach in Europe in 2011. The award-winning sandy beach is definitely worth a visit!

The wide sandy beach stretches for about 500 meters and is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and pristine sand.

Konnos Beach

Konnos Beach is a small sandy beach near Ayia Napa. The tiny bay features a 200-meter stretch of soft, golden sand, as well as calm waters. The sea here is perfect for snorkeling. Travelers can also rent a sunbed and umbrella and sunbathe for hours. 

The small beach isn’t as crowded as Fig Tree Bay or Nissi Beach.

konnos small bay and two sandy beaches with blue sunbeds, tourists swimming in emerald green water. boats in distance and green trees around the shore

Konnos Beach photographed by Dimitris Vetsikas.

Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach is a popular sandy beach in Ayia Napa, known for its clear water and pristine sand. The dreamy beach features a small sandy path to Ayia Napa island, making Nissi Beach the perfect backdrop for your photos. Sunbathe, go for a dip in the sea, or cross the street and check-in at one of the waterfront hotels.

Adventure junkies can rent some watersport equipment and head out to sea!

nissi beach sandy path connects to ayia napa island, two children playing in sand, crystal clear water, no tourists, waterfront resort hotel in distance.

Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas.

Hokkaido Restaurant

For dinner, head over to Hokkaido in Ayia Napa. Take a break from all the Mediterranean cuisine and enjoy some authentic Japanese food, such as sushi and other dishes that are cooked on teppanyaki grills. 

Rentalmoose order tip: You can’t go wrong with a combination of fresh seafood grilled on the teppanyaki.

Open daily from 4 PM to 11 PM. It’s one of the favorites in town, be sure to book your table ahead!


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The Sunny Turkish Riviera- Turkey Itinerary by Car

A trip through the sunny Turkish Riviera with Rentalmoose. Explore the best of it with our curated Turkey itinerary.

Click here for detailed directions

Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Antalya to Goynuk Canyon– 40km (25 miles) 📍 

Goynuk Canyon to Phaselis and Olympus– 60km (40 miles) 📍

Olympus to Adrasan– 10km (6 miles) 📍

Adrasan to Fethiye– 200km (125 miles) 📍

Fethiye to Marmaris– 140km (85 miles) 📍

Marmaris to Bodrum– 170km (105 miles) 📍

620km (385 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Drop-off at another location, Turkey, Beaches, Summer, Short Trip

This travel itinerary takes you on a road trip across the Turkish Riviera, starting in Antalya going to Bodrum through beautiful beaches, scenic driving roads, and authentic Turkish towns. 

The road trip is roughly 600km in total and is divided into various sectors ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 and a half hours.

Rentalmoose recommends dedicating at least three days for this adventure, with two overnight stops along the way in Adrasan and Marmaris. Add more overnight stops to make the most out of this Turkey itinerary.

What is the Turkish Riviera?

 The Turkish Riviera, also called the Turquoise Coast, is a beautiful region in the southwestern part of the country. This part of Turkey is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water, exclusive hotels, delicious cuisine, and ancient history. It is vastly underrated among international tourists!

Why is the Turkish Riviera worth visiting?

 This part of Turkey is perfect for travelers who adore the sun, wonderful beaches with crystal clear water, and monumental views. The Riviera has a lot of various attractions for families, couples, groups of friends, and solo travelers. 

No matter if you choose to stay in a chic hotel or a budget hostel, there are plenty of options to choose from at different price points.

Business Insider has referred to Bodrum (the finishing point of this journey) as the perfect under-the-radar luxury tourist destination for 2020, surpassing hotspots such as Bali or the Greek island of Mykonos. Explore the beautiful Turkish Riviera with our Turkey itinerary!

Is Turkey safe for tourists?

The US Department of State has ranked Turkey the second-lowest level of risk for tourists, except for regions near the Syrian and Iraqi borders, which have gotten higher risk ratings. The western part of Turkey remains safe for tourists.

Turkey is, however, one of the most seismically active countries in the world. It is recommended to be familiar with the safety procedures if an earthquake does occur.

Road Trip Extensions

Extend your road trip and discover the region even further! When you’re done exploring the Turkish Riviera, fly over to Athens and choose to drive across mainland Greece, or visit Santorini.

Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Turkey to Rhodes! Click here for the Rentalmoose road trip guide to Rhodes.

Why should you get a rental car in Turkey?

A rental car is definitely the go-to type of transportation for this road trip. The points of interest along the way are located within driving distance of each other, and getting a car will be a lot more convenient than traveling by bus. 

The freedom to roam around, change courses, or extend your road trip is only available when you travel by car. There are also beautiful views along the coastal roads and the traffic isn’t as heavy as in major cities, such as Istanbul or Adana. Lastly, car rentals are relatively cheap in Turkey.

When booking your rental car, do not forget to add excess coverage provided by Rentalmoose for extra protection. After picking up the car, be sure to take check-in photos of the vehicle and qualify for a 50% discount from the excess cover fee.

Can tourists drive in Turkey?

Yes! As long as your driving license is in English, you can drive in Turkey with a foreign license for up to three months. If your license isn’t in English, you will have to get an International Driving Permit before heading off for holiday. Drivers younger than 18 are not permitted to drive in Turkey at all.

Check out this blog post to learn all you need to know about International Driving Permits.

The driving limits in Turkey are 50km/h in urban zones, 90km/h outside cities, and 120km/h on highways.

Speeding is a common occurrence in Turkey, police pay a lot more attention to drink-driving rather than excessive speed.

If you do happen to get caught for speeding or a different minor offense, you might have to pay your fine on the spot. 

The fines for exceeding the limit by less than 30% are around 170TL (23 Euros). Getting caught driving at more than 30% above the limit will result in a 350TL (47 EUR) penalty.

Driving under the influence is not tolerated in Turkey. Police often carry out routine checks to check if drivers are sober, especially during the weekends. Do not drink and drive.

Traffic in Turkey is on the right side of the road.

HGS- The Highway Toll System in Turkey

There are no paid sectors along this road trip. However, your rental car will most likely come equipped with an electronic HGS device that will automatically be billed when passing paid highway sections. Most rental companies will sum up this fee when returning your car, the cost will depend on the amount of paid sections you have driven through.

There are no paid HGS sectors along this route.

When is the best time to visit Turkey?

Rentalmoose recommends visiting the Turkish Riviera between May and June or September and October. The weather is hot and sunny this time of the year, perfect for a swim in the Mediterranean or wandering around the streets of Bodrum. It is also the peak of the tourist season, so expect some destinations to get crowded. 

Antalya can get so hot during the summer that it can become unbearable for tourists who are not used to this type of harsh climate.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into this Turkey itinerary!


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Altinkum beach in Antalya.

 Welcome to the sunny city of Antalya! Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly at the airport and heading down into this fascinating city.

What to do in Antalya?


Begin by exploring the coastal Old Town, the true heart of this city. Don’t hesitate to get lost among the historical Ottoman mansions, as the cobblestone streets are lined with cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The Kaleiçi district is the perfect place to discover a traditional part of Antalya.

Turkish Breakfast

Trying the world-renowned Turkish breakfast is a must during your stay in the Turquoise Coast. Head to Vista Restaurant, located steps away from the sea, for delicious breakfast and aromatic tea, all while enjoying panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

Konyaalti Beach

For a bit of relaxation, pay a visit to one of the city’s dreamy beaches. Rentalmoose recommends heading to Konyaalti Beach in the western part of town. 

This pebble beach stretches for around 5 kilometers and is known for its clean water and lots of cafes and restaurants in the area. 

It is popular among both tourists and locals, so it may not be perfect for travelers who are looking for a quiet and secluded spot.

This public beach can be accessed for free. You can also rent a sunbed for just a few Turkish Lira (between 1 and 2 Euros).

Next on your Turkey itinerary: Goynuk Canyon, 40 minutes

Goynuk Canyon Adventure Park

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Goynuk Canyon near the resort town of Kemer.

After leaving Antalya, take the D400 highway south towards the resort city of Kemer. This coastal highway will take you to destinations within the Kemer region.

 Adventure junkies can stop at the Goynuk Canyon near Kemer, a local adventure park with zip lines and a canyoning safari. Thrilling zip lines combined with the park’s natural beauty make the Goynuk Canyon an unmissable spot.

 The attraction owners recommend staying in the park for at least 2 hours in order to fully enjoy it. Tickets can be purchased here or upon entrance.

Next on your Turkey itinerary: The ruins of Phaselis and Olympus, 1 hour

The historic ruins of Phaselis and Olympus

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The remains of the northern harbor of Phaselis. Wikimedia Commons


 Phaselis was an ancient Greek and Roman city, its history dates back as far as 700 BC. The remaining ruins lie just 16 kilometers south of Kemer. 

Once there, you can discover the ruins of three ancient ports, aqueducts and many more. You can also go for a swim on the beach located within the ancient city. Admission costs less than 40 Turkish Lira (6 EUR) per person, tickets can be purchased directly upon entrance.

Next: Olympos, 40 minutes


The Ruins of Olympus are older and more popular among tourists. Located just minutes from Adrasan, this ancient city cannot be missed. 

Its history dates back to the second century BC and has been abandoned since the 15th century. These ruins are not preserved as well as Turkey’s most popular ones, such as Ephesus or Göbekli Tepe, though they are definitely worth at least a short visit. 

You can also enjoy the local beach. Admission costs less than 30 Turkish Lira (4.5 EUR) per person and can be bought directly at the entrance, just like in Phaselis.

Next on your Turkey itinerary: Adrasan, 15 minutes


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A beautiful beach in Adrasan surrounded by monumental mountains.

Adrasan Sahil

 Continue along the D400 from the Phaselis until you reach the small village of Adrasan. Drive down to Adrasan Sahil, an absolutely breathtaking pebble beach surrounded by the mountains. 

Go for a swim in the crystal-clear water, or sunbathe on one of many sunbeds, available for just a couple Turkish Lira (below 2 Euros).

Admission is free of charge, you can leave your car directly next to the beach for just a few Turkish Lira (less than 2 Euros) per day.

 Where to stay in Adrasan?

ADA Boutique Hotel

Rentalmoose recommends staying at the ADA Boutique Hotel, a boutique hotel just a minute away from the beach. The hotel features a pool and restaurant, as well as free parking for guests.

Arikanda River Garden Hotel

Another hotel worth considering in Adrasan is the Arikanda River Garden Hotel. This cozy hotel consists of just 10 rooms. The location is perfect, just steps away from the private hotel beach.

There is a beautiful restaurant atop the river that serves breakfast as well as traditional Turkish dishes, along with plenty of options for vegetarians.

Next on your Turkey itinerary: Fethiye, 4 hours


This is the longest non-stop driving segment of this trip. Leave Adrasan and head west on the D400 for around 4 hours, until you reach the picturesque Butterly Valley.

 If you wish to make a stop along the way, Rentalmoose recommends going to Kaş. Head into the heart of this village and step inside Natur-El, the best restaurant in town. Have a sip of Turkish coffee or a round of delicious Turkish breakfast.

Kelebekler Vadisi- a dreamy beach in Fethiye

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Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons.

 The Butterfly Valley is a stunning valley near Fethiye. Don’t get confused by the name, as the butterflies have become a rare sight. 

Pay a visit to the Kelebekler Vadisi beach, where you will find turquoise water just like in the Maledives. Visit the beachside bar for a refreshing beverage or snack. 

This small spot can get crowded during peak season, it is definitely not the most secluded beach in Turkey. As Kelebekler Vadisi is a public beach, entry is free of charge. Sunbeds are available during the season for under 10 Turkish Lira.

Next on your Turkey itinerary: Blue Lagoon, 15 minutes

Blue Lagoon- The Mediterranean Maldives

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Aerial view of the Oludeniz Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most popular tourist hotspot in the Fethiye region and one of the most valuable gems in all of Turkey. 

The lagoon is famous for its sandy beaches and clear, turquoise waters. Rent a canoe and travel across the lagoon, or stay on dry land and sunbathe. 

Head into the inner side of the lagoon, where you will find authentic Turkish restaurants, cafes, and bars. The water is full of wildlife and available attractions include snorkeling and paragliding. 

The Blue Lagoon is in a protected National Park, entrance costs below 10 Turkish Lira (less than 1.5 EUR) and can be paid in cash upon entrance. Parking costs around 30 Lira (4.5 EUR).

Next on your Turkey itinerary: Marmaris, 2 hours 10 minutes


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The city of Marmaris on the shore of the Mediterranean. Shot by Alpcem/Pixabay.com

 Drive along the D400 for about two hours until you reach the city of Marmaris.

What to do in Marmaris?

Marmaris Castle

Begin by exploring the center of the city. Park your car next to the Marmaris Castle and stroll around the area on foot. This castle is one of just a few in Turkey that has been turned into a fascinating museum.

History lovers can enjoy the interior daily from 8:30 AM to 7 PM, with admission tickets priced at 14TL that can be purchased upon entrance. 

Grand Bazaar

Shopping fans can walk across the center to the Grand Bazaar. This market is filled with shops where you can purchase all sorts of souvenirs, jewelry, leather goods, and clothing. 

Cleopatra Island

 Tourists can also take a day trip to the popular Cleopatra Island. Day trips by boats are operated by various carriers directly from the city, you can purchase tickets directly when boarding the boat. There are different durations of the trip, depending on which operator you choose. Pricing starts at 100TL per person.

What are the best hotels in Marmaris?

If you are planning to stay the night in Marmaris, which Rentalmoose highly recommends, consider staying in one of the hotels listed below.

Casa De Maris

 Casa De Maris is a luxury 5-star resort hotel meters away from the beach. It offers chic rooms, a big pool, unique architecture, and a complimentary carpark. Book your room here.

Uysal Beach Motel

Uysal Beach Motel is a cheaper alternative within the city. This hotel is directly on the seashore and includes air-conditioned rooms, free parking and a bar on the ground floor. Book your room here.

Next on your Turkey itinerary: Bodrum, 1 hour 20 minutes


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 The final leg of this journey goes from Marmaris to Bodrum. Take the D550 up north and then continue via the D330 until you reach the city.

What to see in Bodrum?

 Bodrum is the go-to tourist hotspot in the Turkish Riviera. Luxury hotels, incredibly fresh seafood, all-around shopping, and a vivid nightlife scene, you name it. Bodrum has it all.

Bodrum Castle

 Begin by strolling around the Bodrum Castle and port. This part of town is full of life, packed with cafes, shops, and restaurants.

You can take various day trips by boat straight from the port, going to secluded bays and islands. There are many operators to choose from, Rentalmoose recommends going with My Way Boat Trip.

Karafaki Restaurant

 For lunch or dinner, head down to the Karafaki Restaurant, just 30 minutes away from the heart of Bodrum. Dining with a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea is a truly mesmerizing experience.


If you fancy trying out Hookah, there are many shisha bars to choose from. Rentalmoose recommends Huqqa Bodrum, one of the best hookah cafe chains in the world.

There are tons of different flavors to choose from, along with colorful drinks and food.

Bodrum is filled with attractions and spots worth visiting, so Rentalmoose highly advises staying in town for a couple of days to experience what it has to offer.


Your rental car can be dropped off directly at the Milas-Bodrum Airport for maximum comfort. Rental companies that support drop-off in a different location can be found via Rentalmoose.

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