When to travel to Cyprus
Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm, sunny weather for most of the year. Even in the winter, temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius, although do bear in mind that it can be considerably colder in the mountains. Temperatures overnight can also fall below 10 degrees Celsius in the winter, despite it being generally warm during the day.
The summer can see highs of up to 40 degrees Celsius and this is also when the least rain falls on the island - in fact, rain is very rare during the hottest months here. Even when it does rain in Cyprus, it's far from torrential, with the island regularly experiencing water shortages during the summer.
Sea temperatures drop down to around 16 degrees Celsius at their coldest, and hit the mid 20s in the summer. You can swim during any season, although you may find it a bit more bracing in the winter.
When is it best to travel?
You can travel to Cyprus at any time of the year and have an enjoyable break, but the peak season is between April and November, with most people choosing to travel between June and September in the main summer holiday season.
The hot temperatures in July and August may not be suitable if you've got small children, though, or if you don't enjoy that kind of heat. Moving your trip by a month or two either side of this period can mean you experience warm, but not overly hot, temperatures.
Do note that prices for accommodation can be considerably higher during the peak season, so if you can afford to book a hotel in Cyprus outside of this period, you can make significant savings on the cost of your trip.
If you're hoping to do some walking or cycling on your holiday in Cyprus, it's definitely best to avoid the summer months and instead go for spring, autumn or winter. The Troodos Mountains, which are fantastic for nature lovers, can get very cold in the winter and even see snow, so consider this if you're planning to explore this part of the island.
Limassol: when to visit
Limassol is a coastal city and has the mildest climate on the island, with winter temperatures remaining a very comfortable 20 degrees Celsius or more. It is typically two to three degrees warmer than other seaside destinations in Cyprus, so it's definitely a good choice if you're after some winter sun.
In fact, the city is a great base at any time of the year, as it's such an all-round destination. There is a variety of cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs in the centre, giving you plenty of options for wining and dining day or night. The beaches next to Limassol are beautiful - sandy shores that are lapped by the appealing waters of the Mediterranean.
There are also plenty of historical attractions to explore in the city as well, including Limassol Castle and the Kourian Theatre, which dates from the Greco-Roman era. If you're planning to do a lot of sightseeing, you may prefer to avoid the hottest summer months, when it can be uncomfortable to be wandering around in the sun.
If you're keen to follow one of the wine routes around Limassol, it's best to go in spring or autumn, which are generally considered to be the best seasons for wine tasting.
Getting active in Cyprus
Should you want to explore Cyprus on foot or by bike, you should avoid travelling during the summer when the weather is at its hottest. As you might expect, spring and autumn are the best options, with plenty of sunshine but not such extreme heat.
For the Troodos Mountains, it's best to avoid the winter, as it can be very cold here during this period. Cyprus is particularly beautiful in the spring and autumn, when much of the scenery is covered in wildflowers, providing a stunning backdrop for hiking or cycling.
As well as the Troodos Mountains, you can also explore the Akamas Peninsula, which is easily accessible from Paphos, and is a wonderful place to get out and about in Cyprus' unspoilt natural beauty.
For water sports, it's best to go during the summer, when sea temperatures are very pleasant, hitting the mid 20s. Scuba diving, surfing, kite and windsurfing are among your options, with many centres offering courses in these sports, as well as hiring out equipment to those who are already qualified.
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