A small island in the Mediterranean Sea, but also close to the shores of Asia and Africa, Cyprus is influenced by all of these, creating an extraordinary result.
The coastal cities, such as Limassol, Paphos and Agia Napa, as you would expect from an EU member state (actually only half of the island), are famous as fun tourist resorts.
There are alternatives; you can explore the more traditional Cypriot parts on the Akamas Peninsula to discover a host of quaint villages, or travel to the Karpas Peninsula for golden beaches. With the right footwear, and plenty of sunscreen, you can enjoy some wonderful scenery in Kyrenia and Troodos, topped by medieval castles from which you can further enjoy distant island views. Springtime is glorious, carpeted with spring flowers – a real photo opportunity.
You may be surprised that skiing is also available on Cyprus, but not during summer.
Cyprus is both Greek and Turkish, so the food is a combination of both cuisines.
Distance: 3,724 km
Flight time: 5h
Time Zone: UTC+2, UTC+3 (Summer Daylight Saving Time)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
June to September is very hot, with August particularly so. Average temperatures vary between 22°C and 37°C, but 40°C or higher isn’t exceptional. April/May see Springtime weather. October is the short autumn, and the only rain Cyprus sees is from now through the winter. Rain rarely falls during Spring or Summer, so water is often in short supply during these times. Winters are changeable, with warm and cold days both expected. Snow is also possible, especially on the top of Mount Olympus, where skiing is available January to March.
When to go
Summer, June to September, guarantees hot, sunny weather, and plenty of action at the tourist resorts. Little rain falls during this season, so you needn’t worry about an umbrella. To enjoy the show of spring flowers, visit in April or May. Walking holidays are best taken at these times. If skiing is your forte, then January to March is the optimum time. October through December brings rainfall and cold weather.