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Cyprus travel/getting to Ephesus

Would appreciate recommendations on
1. sights to see on Cyprus
2. best travel guide for Cyprus
3. car rental for there; driving advice!
4. How can we get to Ephesus at a reasonable cost?
Thanks!

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West to East:
1. Paphos antiquities - mosaics/tombs of Kings
2. Kouklia
- Beach at Avdhimou on the way towards Limassol /tavern at beach
3. Curium - Roman sites (including Apollo sanctuary and stadium
4. Kolossi Castle
in between - Mountains - Omodhos village, Troodos, Platres, wine tasting, Mountain Byzantine Churches in Unesco heritage list
5. Limassol Castle
6. Amathus ancient site
7. Chirokotia - stone age settlement
8. Lefkara village - buy the local lace and silverware, if you like such stuff
9. Larnaca - St Lazarus Church and nearby Kiti Angeloktisti Church with mosaic
10. Ayia Napa & Protaras beaches
Going inland
11. Nicosia (Lefkosia) - Venetian walls, Museum, old town...
Plenty more to see, depends on your time.
2. Lonely Planet is pretty good
3. Petsas Rent a car; good, reliable local firm - have desk at the airport, at least in Larnaca; drive carefully...drive on left (as in the UK, Japan, India and a few other places...)
4. Ephesus is in Turkey...

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Yes, we hope to get a flight? and go to Turkey for a couple of days. Have heard it's best/lee costly to fly out of the north?
Thanks for the sightseeing ideas!

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There's no easy way to get to Ephesus from Cyprus and crossing over to No. Cyprus won't make it any easier. Flying means going first to Istanbul or Ankara for a connecting flight to Izmir, which is the closest airport to Ephesus. From Izmir you then will rent a car or hire a taxi to drive you to Ephesus.

It might be marginally faster to fly from So. Cyprus to Rhodes on Cyprus Airways (there's no ferry) where you can take a ferry into Turkey at Marmaris or Fethiye or Bodrum, then a bus north to Ephesus or then take the flight option I've already described.

Expect either method to take you at least one full day, possibly two if you take a bus from So. Turkey to Ephesus. Air/Ferry connections might require you to spend the night in Rhodes before you can catch a ferry to Turkey.

Another possible option would be to fly from Rhodes to Heraklion,Crete and then from Crete to Samos on www.skyexpress.gr. From Samos you then take the ferry across to Kusadasi and a bus or taxi to Ephesus. Later in the season it might be possible to fly directly from Rhodes to Samos if the demand for SkyExpress flights increases.