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Best time to visit Cyprus

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers, beautiful spring and autumn seasons (May to June and September to October), and relatively mild but more rainy winters. The main season tends to start in April or May and last until mid-October. You can definitely travel to Cyprus in the quieter winter months, particularly if you like to spend your time exploring ancient sites rather than lazing by the pool, you’ll just need to pack layers as temperatures can drop lower that you might expect.

Cyprus in January

Cyprus has relatively mild winters compared to the majority of countries in Europe, however, January is one of the coldest and wettest months; the Troodos Mountains may even be covered in snow. If you’re not seeking super warm winter temperatures, this is a good time to explore Cyprus’s ancient sites as you’ll pretty much have them to yourselves but you should definitely pack a coat for your trip. An alternative European destination for some January warmth is the Canary Islands.

Cyprus in February

February in Cyprus is another chilly month but it will probably be milder than most countries in northern Europe; there also might be warmer days or longer periods throughout the month. The sea temperature is an average of 17 degrees Celsius so it will be a little chilly to swim in.  This is a great time to visit Cyprus if you’re planning on exploring the country – the almond trees will be blossoming and the citrus harvest will be at its peak with fresh oranges often sold from road-side stalls.

Cyprus in March

The spring begins in earnest in March with temperatures in Cyprus starting to climb, days becoming longer and rain amounts decreasing. It’s a good time to seek out an offer at our featured hotels as March is generally a quiet time all around the Mediterranean. This is another month for island explorations rather than sunbathing or soaking in the pool. The Easter school holidays, if they fall in March, usually mark the start of the summer season.

Cyprus in April

It starts to get much warmer and brighter in April, and it’s also when the early sun-seeking crowds start to arrive. Our featured family-friendly properties get booked up well in advance of the Easter school holidays. Any businesses that close for the winter will start to open their doors again in April and the island will have more of a buzz about it. There’s an average of nine hours of sunshine a day but sea temperatures will not yet have risen to comfortable levels for swimming.

Cyprus in May

The Cyprus climate goes up a gear in May, with the warmth of summer arriving as well as the crowds that come with it. The real heat and humidity of summer is yet to arrive so you can still head out on island adventures without getting too warm, but it should be warm enough to relax on the beach or by the pool. Average daytime temperatures are in the low to mid-20s and there’s usually very little rain in May and throughout the summer.

Cyprus in June

The official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere is marked by rising temperatures in Cyprus. The Mediterranean climate is warm and dry with light winds and largely sunny skies. Nights are much warmer in June with average maximum temperatures of 30 degrees and a minimum of around 20 degrees;  you should pack cool and light clothing for both the daytime and evening. Although the summer weather has arrived, the high summer crowds have not – June is usually quieter than July and August. The sea temperature rises to over 20 degrees so it’s a great time to go swimming.

Cyprus in July

If you’re seeking hot and sunny weather, July in Cyprus is a great choice. It’s one of the warmest months of the year with temperatures rising to the mid-30s and sometimes even higher. This is the perfect weather to do very little other than lie by the pool or the sea with a good book. If you do choose to explore Cyprus’s historic sites, you should set off early before the heat of the day sets in or wait until the early evening. Then you can head back to your resort for a cooling dip in the Med; sea temperatures hover between 20 and 24 degrees during July. This is one of the busiest times of the year, especially when the European school holidays start in the latter half of July.

Cyprus in August

Cyprus’s Augusts are hot and humid and there are plenty of hours of sunshine. With highs in the mid to high 30s or even the low 40s, this is another month for not moving too far from the cooling water of the pool or the sea. To escape the daytime heat, you could hire a car and head up into the Troodos Mountains where the heat will be less slightly less stifling. Night time temperatures down on the coast are in the low to mid-twenties and in both July and August there’s usually very little rain. 

Cyprus in September

If you’re not confined to travelling in the school holidays, September is a great time to visit Cyprus. It’s not quite as hot and humid as it is in July and August but high temperatures still reach the low 30s or high 20s; also, the crowds have started to thin out a bit. The water remains warm so you can swim in the sea and take part in any watersports offered at your resort. As it will still be very warm, it’s worth arranging any explorations for early in the day or in the early evening.

Cyprus in October

It’s still warm and usually sunny during the first half of October in Cyprus but during the latter half of the month the likelihood of rain or even the odd storm increases. The evenings are a bit cooler than the summer and early autumn so it’s worth packing a long-sleeve top and trousers. The sea temperatures are still warm enough for swimming and the summer crowds are all but gone. It’s also a great month to explore the island’s historic sites without getting too hot and sweaty.

Cyprus in November

Cyprus’s climate takes a turn for winter in November.  The chances of rainfall increase this month and temperatures are quite a bit lower than September and early October. The daytime highs will be in the low to mid-20s so it will be comparatively warm for those of us in northern Europe. However, it might be too cool to swim in the pool or sea and once the sun goes down (at about 6pm) it can get quite chilly. Some of our featured hotels close at the end of October and some shops, bars and restaurants in tourist resorts may close for the season.

Cyprus in December

December is the wettest month in Cyprus with an average of 80mm of rain. The weather in Cyprus will be changeable – there might be a period of sunny and mild days or a cluster of cool overcast and rainy days. What you can expect in December is hardly any crowds; this is one of the quietest months of the year on the island. For warm beach destinations, you should head south to the Canary Islands; alternatively, travel further afield to the atolls of the Maldives or the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius or the Seychelles.