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Cyprus in winter | Why it’s the perfect time to visit

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Are you considering visiting Cyprus in the winter? It’s definitely a great winter destination in Europe with a mix of culture, history, foodie finds and gorgeous hotels.

Cyprus has one of the warmest winters in the Mediterranean part of the EU. This makes it a perfect winter break in Europe to get some sunshine.

Visiting Cyprus in winter

Cyprus in November

The beautiful Mediterranean island is a popular choice for holidaymakers and it can get very crowded during the busy summer period.

why you need to visit Cyprus in the winter

Cyprus in the off-season

Heading to Cyprus in winter not only means fewer crowds but also cooler temperatures and much better Cyprus hotel deals.

I love visiting European destinations during the off-peak season. I find it a much more relaxing experience not to be surrounded by tourists.

The image of Cyprus is that it is very much a summer holiday destination, so many people wouldn’t consider visiting in the winter.

Why not use this to your advantage and experience Cyprus in the off-peak season?

weather in Cyprus in the winter

There is so much more to Cyprus than just beaches, there’s a huge range of cultural activities, historical sites, pretty villages and gorgeous restaurants to be discovered.

I’ve included a wide range of tips and activity suggestions so that you can tailor your own Cyprus winter itinerary.

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Cyprus winter weather

Cyprus in winter has mild Mediterranean winter.  The cooler weather makes it an ideal temperature to see Cyprus’s cultural and historic sites.

The winter weather can be changeable, however, so you should pack accordingly. Bring a rain jacket and some light layers to keep you warm in the evenings.

The average winter Cyprus weather is around 23C in November and around 18C from December to February.

Cyprus in October and November is a good time to visit as the weather is likely to be bright and either sunny or a bit cloudy with sunny spells.

December in Cyprus is the rainiest month. It can rain up to seven days per month during this time.

The average maximum temperature in Cyprus, for December, is 19°C on the coast and 17°C inland.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

Cyprus Excursions will be cheaper

If you are wanting to explore Cyprus, or look into day trips from Paphos, you might find that Cyprus tours are cheaper during the winter months.

With fewer visitors looking for tours and activities, you might be able to negotiate prices with local tour operators.

When we visited Latchi beach in the off-season we managed to negotiate cheaper boat trips and activities such as parasailing.

Historical sites will be quieter

If you are keen to visit the many historical sites in Cyprus you will find that there are fewer visitors in the winter.

This means you can take your time to explore places such as Paphos Castle, Kourion, Choirokoitia Village and the Tombs of the Kings.

If you are wondering what to do in Paphos, the Tombs of the Kings is a brilliant place for history and culture fans.

Visiting sites such as Tombs of the Kings in the winter means there are far fewer crowds than in the summer.

It’s a more peaceful and enjoyable visit in the off-peak season especially as the turquoise blue ocean makes for a beautiful and calming backdrop.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

Here is a list of recommended tours in Cyprus to do in the winter: 

Cooler weather for outdoor activities

Summer in Cyprus means super-hot temperatures, the average summer temperature is around 35 °C on the coast. It can be challenging to go hiking in temperatures like these guys!

It is much better to attempt outdoor activities in Cyprus in the winter as the temperature is much better for physical activity.

If you want to go hiking in the Troodos mountains or attempt an Akamas Panoramic Walk, you are better off visiting during the off-season when the weather is mild.

Ask your hotel or guesthouse what local restaurants and tavernas they would recommend? You’ll always get your best foodie tips from locals.

If you are wondering what to eat in Cyprus, why not visit local tavernas and try Cypriot dishes? Local specialities include fish meze, Halloumi and stuffed vine leaves.

Car hire might be cheaper

If you are looking to explore a lot of the island why not hire a car in Cyprus and drive around the island?

If you book your car in advance for your winter break you might find that the rates are cheaper as there are fewer tourists looking to hire vehicles.

What documents do you need to rent a car in Cyprus?

  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Credit card

Important things to know about renting a car in Cyprus is that it is much easier to rent a car if you are over 25.

Also, it’s next to impossible to rent a car just for one day in Cyprus. You are much better off hiring one for the duration of your trip or at least for a few days, to get the best possible rate.

Cyprus Hotels will have better rates

Cyprus in the off-season means that hotels will be cheaper. There is a wide range of accommodation at reasonable prices to be found.

By travelling out of season in Cyprus there are fewer tourists looking rooms, so you have better bargaining power.

The only downside is that you might find that not all hotels services are available in the off-season. You will still find other shops and services running in Cyprus though.

You can find a hotel to suit your budget and length of time by using my recommended travel resources such as Booking.com and HotelsCombined, to find the best hotel deals.

Luxury resort Cyprus

Use the winter hotel deals to upgrade yourself to a luxury resort in Cyprus.

Check price comparison sites such as HotelsCombined and TravelZoo, to get yourself a resort bargain.

Elysium Beach Resort Paphos

Spoil yourself with a luxury hotel during the winter in Cyprus and stay at the Elysium Beach Resort, one of the best 5 Star Hotels in Cyprus.

You can book the Elysium beach resort in advance and get yourself a great Cyprus holiday deal for winter.

The Elysium Beach Resort is a most luxurious stay in Paphos, with swimming pools, a private beach, spa and fine dining.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

It’s perfect as a couple’s romantic getaway in Cyprus and has a huge range of facilities and amenities.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

Best resorts in Cyprus

The rooms are air-conditioned and are fitted with a large flat-screen TV, there is also a minibar, safety box, free toiletries and hairdryer.

The rooms all have a private bathroom and feature contemporary furnishings and sleek design.

I loved that my room had a spacious balcony that overlooked the pool area. It was great to sit out on the balcony at night and quietly reflect on my adventures at night with a glass of wine.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

The hotel also has several gourmet dining options, including Cypriot cuisine, pan-Asian and Italian.

You have plenty of choices when it comes to dining at the resort. My favourite part of the hotel though is the man-made private beach.

Get up early and go for a stroll and be the only person on the beach. It’s so peaceful to sit there and hear the waves crash and no other sounds around you. Utter bliss.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

Cyprus Restaurants will be quieter

The restaurants in Cyprus will be a lot quieter in the winter season, so you won’t have to fight for a table. They may also slash the price of specials and offer lunch and dinner deals to entice you in.

Ask your hotel or guesthouse what local restaurants and tavernas they would recommend? You’ll always get your best foodie tips from locals.

If you are wondering what to eat in Cyprus, why not visit local tavernas and try Cypriot dishes? Local specialities include fish meze, Halloumi and stuffed vine leaves.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

Best Cyprus holiday destinations for the winter?

If you are looking for coastal towns with warm weather, I would check out Paphos, Latchi, Larnaca and Limassol.

Looking for culture, foodie places and city life? Cyprus’s capital Nicosia could be an option in the winter?

You could also look at staying in one of Cyprus’s idyllic villages such as Lefkara, Agros, or Kakopetria. 

Be aware that you might struggle to find accommodation in the off-season at Ayia Napa.

The popular resort town is mostly empty during the winter as it gears up for the summer revellers.

Cyprus winter sun break | Why it's the best time of year to visit

Should I visit Cyprus in winter?

After spending several days exploring Cyprus in November I can happily conclude that Winter in Cyprus is a wonderful time to visit.

Cyprus is warmer than elsewhere in Europe at this time of year and the island is considerably less crowded.

It’s a really peaceful time to visit and feels very relaxing and refreshing. I love visiting popular places like Cyprus, Venice and Dubrovnik during the winter season as I find it a more enjoyable experience.

There is also the advantage of off-season prices and flight deals to be had. Would you have a Cyprus winter sun break? Let me know in the comments below!

Getting to Cyprus

Larnaca International Airport is Cyprus’ main international gateway and the larger of the two commercial airports in the area controlled by the Republic of Cyprus, the other being Paphos International Airport on the island’s southwestern coast.

To search for flight deals to Cyprus check out sites such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Travel Supermarket to compare the costs of flights. My top tip to save money is to fly mid-week and take just hand luggage if possible.

I also highly recommend you always get travel insurance for your trips. Check out my Travel Insurance Page to see why. I recommend World Nomads or Post Office travel Insurance.

Airport Parking and lounges

Save money on your Cyprus trip by booking your airport parking in advance. You can find great airport parking deals online with Holiday Extras.

Get up to 70% off airport parking when you book in advance online. Keep your car secure and safe whilst you are on your holidays in an official airport car park.

You could also park your car at the airport with Car & Away. It’s the first person to person car-sharing service that matches car renters to car owners in a very simple and transparent way.

The service gives airport parking customers the opportunity to ‘rent and earn’ whilst on holiday. It’s a unique way to save money for travel, that’s for sure.

Why not spoil yourself with airport lounge access before your flight? Lounges don’t have to be super expensive, book online with Holiday Extras to save money on your lounge splurge.

Are you planning a trip to Cyprus? Where are you planning on visiting? Let me know in the comments below.

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Recommended travel resources

Flights: To search for flight deals check out sites such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Travel Supermarket to compare the costs of flights. My top tip to save money is to fly mid-week and take just hand luggage if possible.

Accommodation: I love a nice boutique hotel on my travel and I regularly use Booking.com as they have fantastic flexibility and cancellation. I also recommend Trip Advisor and hotels combined for hotel browsing. Additionally, I use Airbnb and TrustedHousesitters for homestays.

Travel Insurance: I highly recommend you always get travel insurance for your trips. Check out my Travel Insurance Page to see out why. I recommend World Nomads or Post Office travel Insurance.

Group Tours: I love booking group tours as a cost-effective and convenient way of discovering destinations. I recommend booking a small group tour with G Adventures.

Travel Guides: My favourite travel guide books are Bradt Guides, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.

For more travel tools, head to my bumper travel resources page now!