Paphos is an all-year-round holiday resort with around 340 days of sunshine per year. The climate is characterised by long dry summers, mild winters, and short autumn and spring seasons.
Summer stretches from mid May to mid October and brings high temperatures, cloudless skies and cooling breezes from the sea. It's the ideal season for swimming, sunbathing and a whole range of watersports from sailing to scuba diving. At this time of year, explore the archaeological sites early in the morning or late afternoon, avoiding the hottest part of the day. Even in the height of summer when it's 30° on the beach, temperatures are refreshingly cooler in the Troodos, making the mountains ideal for hiking or simply relaxing.
Towards the end of October, evenings tend to get cooler, but even mid-November can feel like summer. It is still possible to enjoy swimming at this time of year, as the sea is still fairly warm.
December and January are the winter months, bringing the possibility of rain, but still an average of six hours of bright sunshine a day. This is the time of year when smaller Mediterranean destinations shut down for the season, but not Paphos. The town has many important heritage sites and museums, all less crowded in winter.
Although Cyprus is best known for its beaches and sunny weather, skiing can be enjoyed from January to March in the Troodos Mountains. During March you can experience all four seasons in one day; skiing in the Troodos in the morning, admiring the countryside in blossom during the one hour drive up the mountain and swimming in the sea during the afternoon.
Early spring is a wonderful time to visit Paphos with pleasant daytime temperatures. This is an ideal time for nature hikes and off-road adventures in the Akamas Peninsula.
If in summer, Cyprus is the place to bask in the sun, then spring is the time to savour the natural beauty of the island in bloom. Whatever time of year you visit, Cyprus weather has something different to offer and will not disappoint.