It comes as no surprise that Cyprus probably has the warmest winters 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 is around 16° or 17° C in winter, which is really not too bad in comparison to elsewhere in Europe. You will probably even see people swimming in the sea during winter!
Escape the crowd
From December to February, you won’t find the usual tourist crowds as you would in peak summer season. According to the Cyprus tourism market report, the number of tourist arrivals in Cyprus drop from around 350,000 in summer to 50,000 per month in winter. From June to August, it can get packed with holidaymakers who are just out to party. In winter, you won’t find such tourists around and instead you’ll find more travelers who are keen on getting active or exploring the cultural and historical aspects of the country.
So much to do…
Cyprus is so much more than just a coastal destination. It is 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 many trails and wandering through its mountain villages and feasting on some of the best cuisines in the world.
Go hiking in the Troodos Mountains
Away from the touristy developed beach towns, Cyprus brims with empty hiking trails and challenging biking paths further inland. The Troodos Mountains are one of the best regions to pull your hiking boots on. If you are novice, you can chose to hike the Kaledonia Nature Trail, an easy 3-km gradual uphill hike through pine forests, running streams and ending at the Kaledonia waterfalls.
There are many other hiking trails to choose from in this area, with many recommending the Asinou–Agios Theodoros trail. It begins at the Byzantine Panagia Forviotissa church.
Wander through the cute rural villages and traditional wineries
One of the best ways to get to a feel for real Cyprus is to spend time in the island’s traditional villages. They seem to exist in a cobblestoned time-warp where life slows down to snail’s pace. And if you love wine, the best wineries of the island are located in mountain villages, also known as Wine Villages, or “krasochoria”!
Take a Road Trip around Cyprus
By far the best thing to do during winter in Cyprus is to rent a car and drive all around the island. You will really enjoy the many scenic drives on the island, especially the route between Limassol and Troodos. It twists, dips and climbs through up to the Troodos Mountains and you’re guaranteed some spectacular landscapes. Another impressive scenic drive is from Paphos to Petra tou Romiou – also known as Aphrodite’s Rock. The road and beach can get busy in peak season but it’s perfect in winter.
After all, that is why Cyprus is called the island of all seasons!
staff were very attentive and always helpful. The hotel looks awesome, room was very nice and brand new furniture with everything that you need!!
“If you want a modern, clean place with friendly staff then book! I highly recommend Elysia Park, I could not fault it on anything!
An all-round excellent experience, the rooms spacious and impeccably clean. The on-site restaurant excellent. The staff courteous and friendly. Thoroughly recommended. No higher praise than we will return (can’t remember ever saying this)
Everything was amazing from arrival to leaving. Cleanliness was excellent around the whole complex and our apartment was lovely. Staff were exceptional and nothing was too much trouble.
Exceptional – First of all I liked how modern and stylish the building overall looked and then the rooms were just as in the pictures! I loved how the room was decorated and everything looked fresh and new.
After a wonderful week long holiday I decided to stay out in Cyprus and work remotely. Moved to a studio apartment at Elysia Park which turned out to be the perfect work spot. Excellent wifi, the most amazing swinging egg chair (great for making your team feel slightly sea sick when talking to them on zoom), a pool for in between meeting clear your head swims and lovely cafe/restaurant.
Great place to stay. Excellent apartment. Very well maintained and clean. All staff very friendly and helpful in all areas. Great pools. Well stocked mini mart and pharmacy. Very positive experience and would highly recommend
We stayed in the garden residence and it was excellent – spacious and clean. Would definitely come back again! Staff are very helpful and the pool is clean and spacious! Excellent holiday resort – thank you
Elysia Park is a very nice complex of newly built apartments of all sizes, around a big pool and common area. There is a feeling of luxury overall, both in the common areas and facilities and in the apartments themselves. The staff and service is exceptional in all aspects. We enjoyed our stay and will be definitely coming back soon!
Amazing hotel in all ways. Very clean and new, amazing personnel, clean pool, good food. Best hotel you can imagine. I have no any ideas for critics, highly recommend for everyone while you stay in Paphos.
Superb apartments, spotlessly clean & so very comfortable. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment, spacious bedrooms, lounge area & a good size balcony, kitchen area had everything you need for self catering. Pool is very big & comfortable sunbeds too. This is our second visit & we would return.
“I never give a 10 out of 10 because I think there is always room for improvement, but this place is very close to a 10 (in my book). If you are looking for an apartment, this is the place to stay. Pharmacy, small shop, 2 gyms (hotel’s and a private one) and a cafe right next to the place, approx. 15min walk to the beach, quite at night, clean”
We really enjoyed our vacation in Elysia Park. The room was super beautiful and clean and the hotel’s stuff is very friendly and helpful. We definitely recommend this hotel.
“we will definitely come back again and again . Great service and wonderful facilities and magnificent staff. We got a 2 bedroom apartment that was fully equipped with washing machine and big kitchen”
“Perfect get away for myself and my husband…We loved this place so much we have booked a stay for Christmas and again for summer 2022 for my 40th birthday. Can’t wait to get back.”
The hotel is just brilliant! Very clean, amazing personnel, big clean pool. Just everything you need to chill on Cyprus.
Really enjoyed our stay at Elysia park, we booked on the day we flew and everything went smooth with check in etc. We were celebrating our anniversary and birthdays and had wine and chocolates left in the room which was a lovely touch. Pool is great, rooms are modern and spacious. Great views from the large balcony. On site restaurant serves great food and cocktails.