Visiting Cyprus in Winter
Spending the summer in Cyprus is an perfect idea; beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters, glorious sunshine and great nightlife. But don’t be too quick to dismiss it as your winter holiday destination. As I am writing this post in November the highest temperature today was 26 degrees and the lowest 13 degrees. During December-January it gets colder but there are still so many things to do besides enjoying the beaches. And personally, I find Cyprus quite interesting during the winter even If you exclude the island beach life! If you are not convinced yet, here are the top 10 reasons why you should visit Cyprus during winter.
Traveling to Cyprus in winter is way cheaper than it is during summer! A nice life hack I learned is flying through Brussels, London and Greece. When I am flying out of Cyprus, usually it is very expensive to go directly to a country so almost all of the times I have lay overs in airports. Flying through these countries could be as low as 15euros and the connection flights are not expensive either! Also, the accommodation is much cheaper since the demand is generally low.
It feels less touristy
I might sound like a hypocrite but I definitely don’t like touristy places! Everything is crowded, the queues are so long and you don’t get to experience the real culture of a country. It feels very local to visit Cyprus during winter and it is much more peaceful and quiet. You can also mingle with locals, who are more than happy to have a conversation with you and share their stories!
Cypriot has been influenced by the cuisine of many conquerors and it’s a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Cuisine. We have a big variety of traditional foods and delicious sweets. Also, If you happen to be around Christmas time, we have some really specific Christmas sweet such as kourambiedes and melomakarona that you can only find during December- January.
The landscape is fresh and green
If you visit Cyprus during the summer, you might realize that it looks dry and dusty and there is absolutely no green. But visiting Cyprus in winter, the grass grows, some flowers bloom and Cyprus looks completely different! It is a pleasure now to visit the countryside and your eye can enjoy so much more than the beaches.
Explore the beauty of rural places
The island has charming beaches but there are also some diverse villages you have to discover! A friend that recently visited Cyprus in September, thought that visiting Lefkara was the highlight of her holidays. She even liked it better than the beaches! I can’t actually believe that some people come to Cyprus without even visiting one village to see the real culture of Cyprus beyond the touristy areas!
I am a sunset lover and I love a good sunset. I have been to many countries and at the top of each bucket list is witnessing the sunset in every place I go. But I have to admit, the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen have been in Cyprus during winter. There’s something special about the effect in the sky, the colors get mixed and If you go to the beach, the reflection on the water is absolutely beautiful!
Archaeological Sites & Rich history
Our geographically strategic position, have made Cyprus really fragile during history and that’s why we were conquered numerous times during our long history. There are still many monuments,castles and archaeological sites that date back to thousands years ago. Visiting Cyprus in winter, means there are no queues and no extreme temperatures!
A variety of sports activities
Even If it’s generally not cold, we actually have a few weeks of snow on Troodos Mountains so you can enjoy skiing and other winter activities! There is also a variety of hiking trails in the mountainous regions, some perfect places to discover as a cyclist and horseback riding.
Visit Agia Napa & Protaras
Agia Napa and Protaras are super crowded during the summer months! The beaches are full, the parties are wild and the drinks don’t stop flowing. If you visit during winter, it feels like a PRETTY ghost city. Apart for being very touristic, these places have a true natural beauty that doesn’t fade during winter. The natural cliffs are still there and so are the crystal clear waters but you get to experience them all by yourself! There’s simply so much beauty there, some small chapels with breath taking views and some perfect sunsets. But would only recommend it for a day trip!
Explore its capital, Nicosia
The exaggerating temperatures during the summer make it almost impossible to enjoy your visit in the capital during the summer. The temperatures reach over 40 degrees and it’s a torture to walk through the alleys of the old city. Visiting Cyprus in winter, will give you the opportunity to enjoy its capital. Nicosia is the last divided capital city in the world and crossing the Green Line, takes you to the Turkish Side simply by showing your passport. If you want to read more about this experience, read my blog post about the last divided capital city here . You will be shocked by the facts If you don’t know about our history.
Visiting Cyprus in winter is definitely an experience you can’t miss out! Take advantage of the cheaper flight tickets make the best out of your winter break holidays in our beautiful island! Wander through the cobblestone streets of our villages, witness the beauty of the landscapes without the big crowds of tourist and relax! Cyprus is relaxing during summer but it’s super relaxing and calm during the low season. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you out with your trip here.