Experience Unforgettable Winter Holidays in Cyprus: Your Ultimate Guide

November 25, 2023

Winter Holidays in Cyprus

When it comes to winter holidays, Cyprus may not be the first destination that comes to mind, but it's time to think again. The island can combine a bit of everything, including festive spirit, sunny weather, magnificent nature, and cultural immersion. Whether you are visiting solo or with family, the island offers both relaxation and outdoor adventures for everyone.

A bit about Cyprus

Cyprus is a small island in the Mediterranean; the everyday language spoken by Greek Cypriots is Greek; however, most of the people speak English as well. The island enjoys more than 310 days of sun per year. You can fly directly to Cyprus from almost any European country, and the best thing is that you can enjoy the island of Cyprus with the convenience of renting a car directly from Larnaca Airport. In this blog post, we will explore why winter holidays in Cyprus are worth it and ideas and suggestions for getting the most out of your winter holidays.

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LImassol Promenade (Molos)

Cypriot Festive Spirit during Christmas

Cyprus embraces the holiday season with open arms, ensuring a magical atmosphere that will warm your heart. Experience the charm of traditional Christmas markets, adorned with twinkling lights and filled with local crafts and culinary delights. Explore the vibrant streets of cities like Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Limassol, Nicosia, and Paphos, where you'll find an array of shops offering unique gifts and traditional treats. Immerse yourself in the joyous ambiance as carollers fill the air with musical tunes. From savoring traditional Cypriot sweets to witnessing captivating cultural performances, Cyprus's festive delights will leave you with lasting memories and a sense of holiday cheer.

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Big luna parks are lunching during the Christmas holidays across the island! The photo was taken in central Nicosia Avenue.

Cultural Immersion

Winter in Cyprus provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the island's rich cultural heritage. Witness the age-old tradition of "Kalanda," where children go door-to-door singing carols and spreading joy. Participate in Epiphany celebrations, where locals gather by the sea to witness the ceremonial blessing of the waters and the thrilling dive for the cross. Engage with the warm and welcoming Cypriot locals who will invite you into their homes to share traditional meals, stories, and warm hospitality. Cyprus's winter season offers a chance to engage with authentic traditions, folklore, and customs, providing a deeper understanding of the island's vibrant cultural tapestry.

Melomakarona (on the left) & Kourapiedes (on the right) & are both traditional Christmas delights.

How cold is Cyprus in winter?

One of the most significant advantages of spending winter holidays in Cyprus is its mild and pleasant climate. While much of Europe is gripped by freezing temperatures, Cyprus enjoys milder weather, averaging around 18-20°C (64-68°F). This means you can still relish outdoor activities, explore picturesque landscapes, and even swim and soak up the Mediterranean sun without the extreme cold. Whether strolling along the pristine beaches, hiking through scenic trails, or enjoying al fresco dining with a view, Cyprus's pleasant winter weather adds a layer of delight to your holiday experience. During February/March, the weather can have two separate climates across the island. It may snow in Troodos, but in the coastal cities like Larnaca, it is sunny and so warm that you could go for a swim.

Benefits of visiting Cyprus off-season:

1.    Renting a Car in Cyprus is at a lower price
2.    Hotels are lower-priced
3.    Flights are cheaper
4.    Major cities are less crowded during the offseason, and you can enjoy without being around many tourists

Which are the best winter activities in Cyprus?

1.    Visit some of the most famous villages for an enjoyable day trip and enjoy local tavernas and chill vibes. Some of our favorite villages for you to check out are:

- Lefkara
- Omodos
- Kalopanayiotis
- Troodos

Remember that these villages can become very busy during the holiday season. Especially Troodos during weekends or bank holidays is packed with cars & buses and generally very crowded hence can become frustrating and difficult to drive.

2.    Flamingo / Bird watching: Did you know Larnaka's Salt Lake is a temporary home to more than 85 bird species? Well, Larnaca's Salt Lake should be in your to-do list!

3.    Check out Cypriot Wine Villages: Cyprus has over 50 recognized wineries and smaller ones for house production. Most of the wineries also offer wine-tasting tours and lunch options.

4.    Enjoying Cypriot gastronomy should not be missed! Local dishes like Souvlakia and warm traditional soups like trahanas with halloumi cheese will be what you will be aiming for!

5.    Skiing in Troodos: Cyprus ski club operates four ski lifts, which can be enjoyable for both amateurs and professionals. Charming restaurants, taverns, and coffee shops make Troodos magic in winter.

6.    Hiking, nature walks, and exploring hidden waterfalls should be considered, especially if you are a nature lover.

7.    Visit various Christmas markets made across the island cities and small characteristic villages.

We even made this easier for you! Click here to check out our list of favorite Cyprus driving routes on which we cover Mountain & village routes, Historical routes, Winery routes, and Beach routes!

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Flamingos in Larnaca Salt Lake during the winter season

Getting around Cyprus by car

The car rental service in Cyprus are super cheap during off-season months (November to April). Booking in advance your car rental from Larnaca Airport (the most popular airport) can be beneficial budget-wise. Did you know that you can go around Cyprus by car? Since it is a small island, it can driven within 2-3 hours, depending on traffic!