Whether you prefer to lounge around in the lap of luxury at a five-star hotel right on the beach with every amenity, including health centre and spa, or if you choose a hotel apartment or tourist villa with pool for independent flexibility, or even a quiet hideaway in the hills in a simple family-run establishment for a back-to-nature experience, you will find what you want on the island. The English language is widely spoken all over the island. Russian, French and German are also widely spoken in the hotel establishments. Cyprus offers a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from modern and luxurious establishments, to small and simple traditional family run operations.
Car Driving in Cyprus Driving in Cyprus is as easy as regular transport service is available even in remote areas where many places of interest are to be found. Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right. Fairly good surfaced roads complying with international traffic requirements link the towns and the various villages. Four lane motorways connect the capital, Lefkosia with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaka, Pafos and Agia Napa. Minor roads and forest roads are still largely not surfaced but in good to fair condition. Appropriate care should be taken when using these roads, especially during wet weather. Firms hiring moto-cycles and auto-cycles can be found in all towns and holiday resorts. Visitors wishing to bring their car to Cyprus can do so, provided they secure the relevant authorization by the Department of Customs and Excise. For further information please contact: CUSTOMS & EXCISE DEPARTMENT M. Karaoli & Gr. Afxentiou, 1096 Lefkosia. Tel: 22 60 17 13 • Fax: 22 30 20 31 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.mof.gov.cy
Clothing and Activities General information and suggestions on what to wear and do, according to the season.
April-May: Days are pleasantly warm, but can get a bit chilly at nights. nights. - Medium-weight and summer apparel: Light woollies or long sleeved cotton for the evenings. - Excellent season for those who prefer to enjoy nature, as the countryside is green and flowers are in bloom.
June-July-August: Warmest months of summer - Very light summer clothing. - Ideal for swimming and all beach/water activities.
September-October: Warm days, cool October evenings. - Light apparel for the day and medium for the evenings in October. - Swimming and water–sports are still at their best.
November: Pleasantly warm days - Medium apparel. Light Woollies. - Ideal weather for autumn travel. Lunches in the open–air still a delight. Sunbathing and even swimming can still be enjoyed, as well as most outdoor sports.
December-January: Winter time for Cypriots... Autumn for our foreign visitors! It may rain occasionally, yet the promise of glorious sunshine is still there. - Winter clothing–not heavy coats though! - Outdoor activities and excursions can be enjoyed.
February: The possibility of exceptionally warm days. Almond trees in bloom, occasional rain and mild day time temperatures are the harbingers of spring. It can be quite cold however in the evenings. - Winter apparel. - Conditions are ideal for snow skiing on Troodos mountains;
March: Moderate weather with plenty of sunshine and with nature at its best. - Winter apparel with medium wear. - Most outdoor activities can be enjoyed and March is an excellent period for long country walks.
Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid–May to mid–October, and mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons.
Summer is a season of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Isolated thunder showers are possible mainly over the mountains during early afternoons.
Winters are mild with rain and snow on Troodos Mountains (usually starting before Christmas).
The island enjoys abundant sunshine, and even in December and January, there is an average of six hours of bright sunshine per day, whilst over the six ‘summer’ months, there is an average of 11.5 hours of bright sunshine per day.
Temperatures and Weather Conditions
Daily temperatures during the hottest months of July and August range between 30° C on the central plain, and 24° C on the Troodos Mountains. The average maximum temperatures for these two months range between 38° C and 27° C. In January, the coolest month, the indicative daily temperature is 10° C on the central plain, and 3° C on the higher parts of the Troodos Mountains, while the average minimum temperatures are 5° C and 0° C.
The temperature in the open sea hovers above 22° C from June to November, climbing to 27° C in August. Even during the three coolest months of January to March, average sea temperature are an acceptable 16° or 17° C. Near the coast, the temperature of water three or four metres deep is similar to that of the open sea, ranging from 15° to 17°C in February and from 23° to 28° C in August. There are no significant daily fluctuations in sea water temperatures, except in very shallow waters less than one metre deep.
During the days in winter - and at night throughout the year - humidity ranges from average to slightly low (65% - 95%). During summer it is very low near midday, ranging from 15% to 30% on the central plain. Fog is rare and typically occurs in early morning.
Winds over the island are relatively variable in direction and strength, depending on the elevation of the land and local temperatures.
You can access weather forecasts for the island through various sources:
Radio: Weather Forecasts in English are broadcast every day from the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Programme Two’ on FM 91-1MHZ.
Television: The weather forecast follows the news bulletin in English every day on Channel 2 (CyBC TV2) and Channel 1 (CyBC TV1).
Newspapers: The weather forecast is published daily in the ‘Cyprus Mail’, the island’s only daily English newspaper.
Meteorological Service Website: Department of Meteorology