The beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus is renowned for its scorching temperatures and beautiful sandy beaches, which often poses the question, “what exactly is there to do in Cyprus in the winter?”
When the temperatures drop, many of love us to jet off somewhere warmer and Cyprus is certainly a wonderful destination to get some winter sun. With year-round sunshine, the temperatures fall only slightly in the winter months, and many people actually prefer this time of year as the heat isn’t quite so intense. You’ll still be able to relax and sunbathe and soak up those rays you’ve been craving, but you’ll also find you have the energy to do more, to get out and explore, without the temperatures being too overpowering.
Of course, an out of season visit also has the benefit of fewer other tourists, and so you’ll find all the attractions far less busy and the streets less crowded, than if you visited in the height of summer. So why not make the most of it and visit some of these top attraction around the beautiful island of Cyprus…
Nicosia’s old town is a fabulous place to spend a day exploring, but in the summer months, the city streets can be very hot. In the winter months you’ll find it very pleasant, so take your time and take a wander. You never know what hidden gem you might find around the next corner. Check out a museum, buy some hand-crafted souvenirs and you simply must stop off to enjoy some of the delicious local cuisine.
Originally built to protect the island, Cyprus has several well-preserved medieval castles and fortresses that you can visit. From the medieval fort by the harbour in Paphos, to Kolossi Castle on the outskirts of Limassol, if you’re interested in history or architecture, you’ll love the castles of Cyprus.
Cyprus also has a strong religious heritage. Choose to visit some of the local monasteries and you’ll find yourself exploring some fascinating buildings in the most stunning of locations. From quaint villages untouched by time, to monasteries in the heart of the Troodos mountains offering breath-taking views. Each is different yet equally fascinating. Our top picks include Kykkos, Trooditissa and Chrysorrogiatissa.
With such a rich and varied history, it’s no surprise that Cyprus has so many interesting historic sites, several of which have UNESCO heritage status. Cyprus has so much to offer, it can be hard to choose what to see when you’re only here for a short time, but you really shouldn’t miss out on a trip to the spectacular Tombs of the Kings, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre at Choirokoitia.
A trip to the zoo is a great family day out, and when you visit in the winter months, you’ll find the zoos of Cyprus less busy and as a bonus, the animals tend to be less sleepy and more active when the temperatures are not blazing hot. There are several zoos and aquariums around Cyprus that are well worth a visit. Check out Limassol Municipal Zoo, Melios Zoo Park in Nicosia, or discover an underwater world at the Ocean Aquarium in Protaras,
Hiking in the summer can be pretty arduous and exhausting, but in the winter months it becomes a delight! There are so many hiking trails in the Troodos mountains, choose one that suits your needs and get out there. Don’t forget to take your camera as you’ll be rewarded with some spectacular panoramic views along your journey.
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