Wondering when’s the best time to visit Cyprus?
A proud island nation located just south of Greece, Cyprus is the third-largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. Cyprus offers travellers from far and wide plenty of opportunities to make the most of its attractions regardless of when they choose to visit.
In this post, we’ve rounded up some of the best things about visiting Cyprus in summer versus visiting in winter.
Cyprus in summer
Did you know that Cyprus sees a minimum of 300 – 340 sunny days per year? Undoubtedly, it is incredibly popular during the summer months, but be warned – temperatures can soar up to 40 degrees Celsius in July and August with only a soft breeze offering a bit of relief. If you love the heat, you will feel right at home. If not, aim to fly over in early June when temperatures are likely to still be closer to 30 degrees – ideal beach weather!
Aside from topping up your tan and sipping delicious cocktails, there are other amazing things to do in Cyprus during summer. You will want to explore the sparkling crystal waters to your heart’s content. Scuba diving, boat tours, and surfing are all popular water activities on the island.
Meanwhile, there is nothing more refreshing than an ice-cold beer on a hot day – hence the reason why many tourists make their way to Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery. Here, they brew craft beer infused with the essence of the island. They use only locally sourced ingredients in their creations, such as carob and honey made from indigenous wildflowers, and they also serve up some of the tastiest food in the area – come hungry!
Cyprus in winter
Winter in Cyprus is what many other countries call summertime. During the day, temperatures rarely dip lower than 23 degrees and fall to a cool, yet comfortable 14 degrees at night. In short, you can do pretty much the same things in winter as you would in summer, including lounging around on the beach. Plus, winter is considered to be the off-season in Cyprus, meaning that you will be able to book cheap singles holidays or cheap getaways for large groups of people.
Visiting the island during this time is great if you are planning to do as much sightseeing as possible. Go and visit the legendary rock known as Petra tou Romiou, Tombs of the Kings (a big ancient necropolis which provides the perfect photo op), and of course, Ancient Kourion.
Kourion boasts an ancient theatre and the House of Eustolios, which houses stunning, well-preserved mosaics. Also, make sure you stop by the large Byzantine basilica area for a spot of exploration.