One of the benefits of being a Mediterranean island is plentiful sunshine throughout
the year, and Cyprus is no exception. Summer stretches from mid-May to mid-October
and means high temperatures, normally cloudless skies and cooling breezes from the
sea. Even in the height of summer when it's 32oC at the beach (and warmer inland),
temperatures are refreshingly cooler in the Troodos, making the mountains ideal for
hiking or simply relaxing.|
December to February are the winter months, bringing the possibility of rain, but
still an average of six hours of bright sunshine a day. At this time of year smaller
Mediterranean destinations shut down for the season, but not so Cyprus. The many important
heritage sites and museums are all at their least crowded in winter.
Into early February there is occasional rain, and often snow in the Troodos mountains - ideal for skiing!
The first orchids bloom in January, and by mid-February the countryside is alive with fresh
green meadows and almond trees in bloom. March days can still be cool (daytime temperatures
around 18íC) but steadily moderate. Early spring is a wonderful time to visit to Cyprus, with
pleasant daytime temperatures and many of the ancient ruins framed by a carpet of red anemones
and other wildflowers. 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.