Paphos has a Mediterranean climate, meaning mild short winters and hot long summers and it is located southwest of Cyprus. It is a coastal city 50km (31.07mi) west of Limassol city and has the second largest airport in Cyprus. During the Greco-Roman period, Paphos was the capital city of Cyprus where the famous fine mosaics of the Roman governor’s palace still remain and has become the first tourist spot to visit in Paphos.
Tourists visit Paphos to explore its large history. It is said that Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, was born in Paphos and was worshiped there during ancient times. Tourists also like to visit Paphos to see what is called Petra tou Romiou. Paphos is the place to visit if you are interested in the island’s culture and mythology. In fact, Paphos is listed as a cultural and natural treasure by UNESCO.
As for its weather, generally speaking Paphos has cooler summers and warmer winters because it is located on the coast. However, during the hot season it is cooler in Paphos than in Limassol due to the stronger marine influence on the west coast. Paphos has the softest temperatures in Cyprus with summer beginning in April and ending in November. The rainiest months occur from mid-November until March. The hottest months in Paphos are July and August when the temperature rises to 30°C during the day especially due to heat waves coming from the Sahara desert and humidity can reach 85%.
During the summer there is sunshine for approximately 12 hours daily for the months of June and July, and the water temperature during August peaks at 27°C. For the entire summer season in Paphos, the approximate high temperature is a little below 30°C and some tourists that enjoy active holidays, might find it a little overwhelming.
In autumn, tourists tend to leave the island and the weather remains brilliant from October until November. The average high temperature decreases to 26°C during the month of October and 22°C during November. The average low temperature of October is 16°C and of November it is 12°C. During the month of October it starts to rain and November is referred to as the month of rain since it marks the start of the wet season. Wet season in Cyprus doesn’t indicate daily rainfall; instead it indicates an average rainfall of 7 days per month. Even though the showers are most of the times relatively short, they are also very heavy. The only seasons when you can experience thunderstorms in Paphos are usually autumn and winter.
Lasting from December to February, Paphos experiences a soft winter since temperatures may still reach to 20°C and therefore you can still wear a t-shirt and not feel cold. During December however, the average temperature falls to 19°C and 17°C during January and February, while the average low decreases to below 10°C and can seldom be 0°C. Even if there can be warm days, during nighttime it is still chilly. The rainiest month for Paphos is January with a mean 9 days of rain. During the winter time the sun shines only for 5 hours daily and some people still enjoy swimming even though the water temperature is 17°C.
As for spring, it lasts from March until May and it is not a peak season for tourists. The average high temperature is 18°C during March, 21°C during April and 24°C during May. As for the average low temperature, it remains at 10°C during March and in April it reaches 14°C. During this time clouds decrease and the sun is out longer during the day-specifically 7 hours of sun daily during March, 9 during April and 10 during May.