Cyprus is a modern European country with a mix of ancient enchantment, beautiful beaches, dramatic mountain landscapes and 330 days of sunshine a year. Although the mother tongue is Greek everybody speaks English and business is often conducted in English.
If you’d like a quick overview of what you can see and do in your leisure time whilst in Cyprus then have a look at our guide to leisure in Cyprus. Or for more information about how to get to the island, then see our guide to getting to Cyprus.
Weather in Cyprus
Cyprus is the hottest and driest island in the Mediterranean, benefiting from more sunshine than any other resort. The island enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate with long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October.
Average Monthly Temperatures
The winters are extremely mild with occasional rain between December to February, however even during this period there will be on average 6 hours of sunshine. Between January and February, Cyprus sees a brief spell of snow high up on the Troodos mountains. The rainy season is from November to March, with most of the rain falling between December and February. Spring is probably the nicest time on the island with temperatures ranging between 23 – 27ºC.
The Main Residential and Business Centres in Cyprus
Nicosia is the capital city of the island. The city is located inland but still only a 40 minute drive to the beach. It has a lively cultural scene in the winter months as well as a buzzing nightlife all year round, and being the capital city, it is home to many businesses and government organisations. More information about Nicosia can be found at the Nicosia Tourism Board website.
Located on the south coast, Limassol is the islands largest seaside resort. The towns central location between the east and west coasts makes it an ideal location for sightseeing. Limassol operates as an all year resort with a fantastic collection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, together with a major marina and associated infrastructure. Over recent years, the town has benefited from large volumes of international investment and consequently has become a thriving business centre in its own right. See the Limassol Tourism Board website for more ideas about what to see and do.
Located on the west coast of the island, Paphos focuses on a picturesque harbour surrounded by fish restaurants and cafés. This is a very popular tourist destination with some great beaches. Within the area are located some of the best archaeological and historical sights of Cyprus, more about which can be found at www.visitpafos.org.cy.
Larnaca is a significant tourist and commercial centre located on the south west coast of Cyprus. It is, the oldest city on the island and has some wonderful beaches together with a thriving tourist industry. On the seafront there are numerous bars, cafes and restaurants. The city is located very near the island’s main airport, and has excellent motorway links to Nicosia, Limassol and Ayia Napa which are all between 30 – 40 minutes drive away. The Larnaca Tourism Board website has more information to help you explore the city.
Known as the party capital of Cyprus, Ayia Napa is located in the southeast corner of the island. The town bustles with bars and clubs. Located within the area are also some of the most beautiful and best beaches in Cyprus. Find out more about this town at the Visit Ayia Napa website.