The tourist season in Cyprus lasts from April to October. During this time there should be no trouble getting flights and hotels, all the attractions, restaurants and so on will be open, and there should be numerous activities and festivals to keep you occupied. The downside is, of course, overcrowding and inflated prices.
Given a choice, try to avoid the fierce August heat (remember, Cyprus is just off the coast of the Middle East). If high summer is unavoidable, make sure your hotel/car has air conditioning. The autumn, too, can be remarkably hot and humid, so don’t bank on cool, pleasant weather in September or even October.
Best time to visit CyprusThe best time to visit Cyprus, as a tourist, hiker, cyclist or lover of nature, has got to be the spring, when skies are blue, the air is warm and balmy, the uplands are a luxuriant green, the streams and reservoirs are full of water, migrating birds fill the air and there are wild flowers everywhere.
To further refine your choice, try if possible to be in Cyprus during the Greek Easter – it’s a major celebration in the Orthodox calendar, and there are colourful events going on in towns and villages across the island. Much of this advice applies to the north as well as the south, though festivals will in general be Muslim rather than Christian, and the north coast can be cooler than the rest of the island thanks to mountain breezes from the Kyrenia Range.
During winter your experience of Cypriot life is likely to be far more authentic and less touristy, but a lot of places will be shut, and the weather will be more unsettled and even quite cold. That said, during the winter you can head to the slopes to enjoy the island’s limited skiing opportunities.
Festivals and Holidays in CyprusIn both north and south Cyprus there are two types of festivals and public holidays – those associated with religion or politics and local festivals.
The southInevitably, given the importance of Easter in the Greek Orthodox Church (much more important, for example, than Christmas), a lot of the festivals relate to Easter – the run up to it, the day itself, and its aftermath. This is why Easter flights to Cyprus can be so expensive – there’ll be competition from Cypriots wanting to go home for the holiday, and it’s a great time to visit the island, with weather that’s not too hot and lots of spring flowers.
The main festivals that are celebrated across the republic are as follows.