troodosCyprus actually has the warmest winters in the Mediterranean part of the European Union, with average temperatures of 22–23 °C during the day and 12–14 °C at night. The temperature in the open sea hovers around 16° or 17° C in winter, which is really not too bad in comparison to elsewhere in Europe. During your winter trip, you will even see people swimming in the sea following their morning walk in the sun along Mackenzie Beach!

Even in winter, you’ll sure to get quite a bit of pleasant sunshine as Cyprus receives more than 340 days of sun a year. Days are short though, with an average of 6-8 hours of sunlight per day from December to February. But it’s even warm enough to dine al fresco. by the sea.  The sun goes down around 4.30pm but Fig Tree Villa is well-equipped with electric heaters, central-heating and even an open fire if you are feeling romantic…

troodos-winter-skiHowever, if you take a trip up Troodos in Winter, just an hour away from the beaches and Fig Tree Villa you can even enjoy a spot of skiing or snowboarding on the beautiful slopes of Mt Olympus.

Some hotels and restaurants do close in winter as there are not enough tourists around to stay open profitably, for example, Ayia Napa is closed. But there are enough places open everywhere in Cyprus for you to have a good time. In big cities like Nicosia and Larnaca, you’ll find plenty of people out and about even in the midst of winter.  In winter, you’ll find more tourists around who are keen on getting active, walking, cycling or just exploring the cultural and historical sites of the country in the pleasant climate.

You will experience that Cyprus is so much more than just a beach destination. It’s multilayered, not only in its history but also its rich traditions, cuisine and landscape that few other countries can rival. Regardless of the time of the year, you’ll find plenty to things to see and experience beyond the beaches: from exploring impressive archaeological ruins to hiking its hundreds of trails and wandering through its mountain villages and eating some of the best cuisine in the world in cozy restaurants by a roaring log fire in the evenings.

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