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Cyprus is truly an island for all seasons.


The common denominator between the Mediterranean islands is that they have plenty of sunshine all year round and Cyprus is no exception. In fact, Cyprus presents its visitors with an almost perfect climate of an average 311 days of sunshine per year for the island as a whole. Extreme climate is rare, so Cyprus has something to offer everyone throughout the year. From swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean to skiing and snowboarding, there are many activities to be enjoyed throughout the year. Cyprus is positively riddled with historical sites and archaeological digs and has a large selection of cultural festivals across the island each year. Apart from this there are many opportunities for water sports, cycling, birdwatching, fishing, biking and much much more.

Although the difference between the seasons in Cyprus isn't as pronounced as it is in northern Europe, there are four marked seasons on the island.

The Cypriot summer stretches from May to October, with temperatures easily reaching the thirties during July and August. Although temperatures can get quite high during the middle of summer, there always tends to be a cooling breeze near the sea taking the edge off things whereas the Troodos mountains are much cooler, making them ideal for biking, hiking or simply relaxing.
Exploring the archaeological sites and monuments is best done during early morning or late afternoon, as this will avoid the hottest part of the day. A broad brimmed hat and good sun screen are always a good idea when venturing out during the long summer days. During May, September and October, the days are sunny with the clear waters of the Mediterranean warm enough to swim comfortably, but without the high temperatures of mid summer. Limassol hosts an annual wine festival during the first ten days in September, which is highly regarded and not to be missed.

Autumn in Cyprus
At the end of October the evenings get a little cooler. During this month and throughout November, the vineyards of the island take on the characteristic gold and crimson shades of Autumn and the leaves change colour in the Troodos mountains. This provides truly splendid panoramas against the strikingly blue, clear sky. Even the middle of November can have a summery feel in Cyprus, although during late afternoons and evenings, slightly heavier clothing, such as you would wear during late British spring are to be recommended. During the day, it is still easily warm enough for a swim in the Med, and many of the island's vineyards offer highly enjoyable tasting tours. The annual Kypria festival, with music and drama performances, both local and international, is also held at numerous venues throughout Cyprus during this season.

Mediterranean Winter
Between December and February, the Mediterranean winter brings with it what is laughingly called the rainy season. During this time, you can expect as many as six or eight rainy days per month, even though these days will still bring an average six hours of bright sunshine each. During winter, many of the smaller Mediterranean destinations shut down for a breather before the coming season. Cyprus is a notable exception due to its rich history and many popular historical sites, which are at their least busy during winter. It can also be attributed to the fact that the island is an important business centre. Many events in the Cypriot cultural calendar are held at regular intervals throughout winter and the Troodos mountains harbour some very popular skiing resorts.

Spring time in the Med
Towards the end of January, the first orchards start to bloom. By the middle of February the Cypriot country side is already teeming with vivid colours and blooming almond trees. In March, the days are still cool, with temperatures averaging around nineteen degrees centigrade. In early spring, many of the historical sites are carpeted with with a wide range of wild flowers, turning them into spectacle of colour
From April to the middle of May, spring in Cyprus is in full force. Nature hikes and offroading holidays are particularly popular at this time of year, as are treks through the Akamas peninsula in Cyprus' west.

The Cypriot countryside is particularly rich in flowering plants, with almost two thousand species being found on the island. Over a hundred and forty of these can be found nowhere else in the world. The baths of Aphrodite provide a particular spectacle between February and April, when pink cyclamen sprouts from the rocky foothills, forming a splendid natural adornment to this beautiful spot. Monkey orchids, with their pink, wavy leaves sprout in dense fields in the Paphos area during March and April. Spring is truly an ideal time to see the island in all its natural splendor.

Buying a dream home in Cyprus

Cyprus is becoming increasingly attractive to Brits looking for a second home or a place to retire abroad. Around 23% of visitors to the island develop an interest in buying a property in Cyprus due to the comparatively low property prices, steady economic growth and favourable tax climate.

Athina, one of Cyprus' leading agencies has noted a marked increase in enquiries since the island's ascension to the European Union. Cyprus Property Sales are booming and experts predict this trend to continue for at least the next five years, making the island an ideal candidate for investment in real estate.

Things to do in Cyprus

Apart from the obvious, such as sunbathing or swimming in the Mediterranean sea, Cyprus is of course a haven for water sports like scuba diving and yachting. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also on the list of most popular holiday activities on the island. On a less obvious note, an increasing number of Europeans looking to acquire their private pilot's license are learning to fly in Cyprus because prices are proportionally lower than the rest of Europe. Another popular aero sport, due to the fantastic weather, is sky diving.

For those who enjoy a fine meal, Cyprus provides a host of traditional and international tavernas and restaurants. A couple of examples may be found at the Archontariki restaurant and a first rate Italian restaurant in Paphos.

The Akamas peninsula is an ideal destination to explore the vast natural diversity of Cyprus. Another worthwhile destination for sheer natural beauty are the Troodos mountains in the centre of Cyprus, which also double up as an outstanding skiing destination during winter.