Best time to visit Paphos

The best time to visit Paphos for a beach holiday is from early-June through to late-September, when you can expect hot, sunny weather with clear blue skies and little or no rainfall.

To explore the nearby Greco-Roman ruins and Byzantine monasteries, or hike trails through forest in the Troodos Mountains, the best time is spring and early summer, from mid-April to late-June, and during autumn, from late-September to late-October, thereby avoiding the intense summer heat and high season crowds.

Paphos weather

Located on the southwest coast of Cyprus, Paphos, sometimes spelled Pafos, enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate, with year-round sunshine.

You can expect long, hot and sunny summers with mild, wet winters, separated by short, warm autumn and spring seasons.

What is the best month to visit Paphos?
June through September are the best months to visit Paphos – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Paphos.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and extreme heat of summer, the months of May and October are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Paphos?
The hottest month of the year in Paphos is normally August, with an average daily high temperature of 30°C (86°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 22°C (71°F)

The hot summer season lasts from mid-June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 28°C (82°F).

Which is the coldest month in Paphos?
The coldest month of the year in Paphos is January, with an average high of 19°C (66°F) and a low of 9°C (48°F).

The cool winter season lasts from early-December to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 19°C (66°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Paphos?
The sunniest time of year in Paphos is usually July with an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 85% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Paphos?
Paphos experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 60% – 70% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from June through mid-October, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 22% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Paphos are July and August, with around 25 days in each month that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

November through to April is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Paphos?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Paphos in August when the water temperature reaches 28°C (82°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

The time of year with warmer water lasts from July to October, with an average temperature above 25°C (77°F).

Which month has the most rain in Paphos?
December is usually the wettest month in Paphos with 65mm (2.5in) of rainfall on average. There are normally eight days in December with some rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts from late-October through to late-March, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from April through to late-October. July and August rarely experience any rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Paphos?
The windiest month of the year in Paphos is February, with an average hourly wind speed of more than 19 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 10 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from December to early-April, with average wind speeds of more than 16 kilometres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-April to December. The calmest month of the year in Paphos is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 13 kilometres per hour (8 mph; 7 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Paphos is from the west thoughout the year.

Paphos Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
16 17 18 21 24 27 30 30 29 26 22 18
Average low temperature (°C)
9 8 9 12 15 19 21 22 20 17 13 10
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
5 6 7 9 10 12 12 12 10 9 7 5
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Comfort level
No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderate heat icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Moderate heat icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
70 70 70 65 65 65 70 70 65 60 65 70
UV Index (max)
3 4 5 7 9 10 11 10 8 5 3 2
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
8 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 1 3 6 8
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
58 50 28 13 6 2 1 1 4 19 43 65
Average wind speed (km/h)
18 19 17 16 14 14 14 14 14 13 15 17
Average sea temperature (°C)
17 17 17 18 20 24 27 28 26 24 22 19
Paphos, Cyprus

Holiday seasons

High season: July and August, when hotel and restaurant prices are at their highest. Paphos is also popular in winter between November and January.

Low season: Spring and autumn – the temperature is slightly cooler, hotel prices are more reasonable and the crowds non-existent.

Cyprus weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for Pahpos is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Department of Meteorology – Republic of Cyprus from the nearest weather station: Paphos International Airport (PFO), located around 6.5km (4mi) southeast of Paphos.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Paphos, Cyprus: 12 May, 2024