Averages for Ayia Napa in May
May is a much warmer month in Ayia Napa. This is the first month of the year that has an overall average daily temperature that is above 20°C—the average temperature of a May day is 21°C, significantly warmer than the daily average of 17°C in April. The average nighttime low temperature hovers around 15°C, while the average high temperature during the daytime is a very comfortable 26°C, two temperatures that are four degrees higher than the previous month. The daily lows and h...
May is a much warmer month in Ayia Napa. This is the first month of the year that has an overall average daily temperature that is above 20°C—the average temperature of a May day is 21°C, significantly warmer than the daily average of 17°C in April. The average nighttime low temperature hovers around 15°C, while the average high temperature during the daytime is a very comfortable 26°C, two temperatures that are four degrees higher than the previous month. The daily lows and highs rise drastically throughout the month as well. May 1 has a nighttime low of 14°C and a daytime high of 24°C, while on May 31 the night doesn't get colder than 18°C and the afternoon is 28°C warm. Summer is definitely approaching now. At 21°C, even the average sea temperature is starting to get comfortable.
This joyful rise in temperature has to do with the ever-increasing amount of sunshine. In May, there are 13 hours of sunshine per day, two more than April. August has the same number of sunshine hours and only June and July are sunnier. The length of the days gradually increases in the course of May, which contributes to more sunshine. May 1 is the shortest day and has 13.36 hours of daylight; May 31 is the longest day of the month with 14.20 daylight hours.
Of course, the decrease in cloud cover also greatly influences the amount of daily sunshine. In the course of May, cloud cover in Ayia Napa drops significantly from 29% to 17%. The sky is clear, mostly clear or partly cloudy for 80% of the time on May 31, which means that it's almost guaranteed to be extremely sunny at the end of the month.
The amount and chance of rainfall also drop even further in May. Now, there are merely 3 days of rainfall left. The total amount of rainfall that hits the beaches of Ayia Napa is 9mm, which makes May the fifth-driest month in the resort, after the four months of summer. The chance of experiencing some kind of precipitation decreases throughout the month: on May 1, there is a 21% chance of rainfall, but on May 31, that chance has dropped to only 11%. Moderate rain and thunderstorms are the most likely type of rainfall in May, occurring respectively on 43% and 39% of the days with precipitation. Light rain happens on only 17% of the rainy days.
May is the unofficial start of the tourist season. Rainfall barely occurs anymore; temperatures are rising constantly; and the beaches are already soaked with plenty of sunshine. However, May is still a shoulder month. Accommodation prices are lower and there are much fewer tourists on the streets and on the beaches. This is arguably one of the best times of year to visit Ayia Napa.
Where to stay
The Anesis Hotel is one that previous guests have acclaimed as a great place for couples and families alike. It does not discriminate, however, against the "party crowd." Happy hour is from 10 to 12 and many guests make good use of this as a pre-party stop before a night out.
Although it is an older hotel in the area, the Nissi Beach Resort is far enough away from Ayia Napa's busy centre to appease those that want peace and quiet, but close enough that an inexpensive bus ride puts visitors in the main square within minutes. Guests can take advantage of the different packages (bed and breakfast, half or full board) depending on their budget.
Another fine hotel that caters to both youngster and families is the Tsokkos Holiday Apartments. This modern apartment complex is located in the town centre, a short walk from the beach and many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The complex has 211 rooms, which all have a kitchenette and balcony or terrace, and overlook the three swimming pools. Additional facilities include, but aren't limited to, a pool bar, restaurant and TV lounge area.
Hit the beach
Konnos Bay Beach lies within the Cape Greco national forest park and is easily one of the most stunning beaches on the entire island. The bay consists of the clearest water, soft sands and has a background of hills covered with pine trees. A relatively less visited beach than the ones closer to the resort—this one is about 5 kilometres away—Konnos Bay Beach is an idyllic and fantastic alternative to the more crowded beaches in the area. Facilities include a snack bar, sun loungers and water sports equipment.
Eating and drinking out
The Rise dance club is located right on the main square, so is pretty hard to miss! The large dance floor and unique mix of garage band sounds, R&B, and funk make it a great party venue at any time. This venue also hosts special parties on specific nights of the week.
A quieter place to hang out—during the day or in the evening—is Café Central. This hip bar, café and restaurant is situated at the Napa Plaza Hotel right in the heart of the resort's busiest area. More high-end than most of the bars in Ayia Napa, Café Central has a sophisticated interior, background music and a classy atmosphere. This is a fine place to go for a cup of coffee or a refreshing cocktail. There are shisha pipes as well, if that's your cup of tea.
Things to do
One of the greatest things to do around Ayia Napa is visiting Cape Greco, a headland in the south of Famagusta Bay, between Ayia Napa and Protaras. This fairly unspoilt area became a designated national forest park in 1993 and is famous for its natural beauty. Natural features include coastal cliffs and sea caves, one of which plays a prominent role in local legends. A major attraction is the lighthouse at the top of the headland of Cape Greco—a popular spot for wedding pictures. There are ruins of an ancient temple as well. Cape Greco makes for an ideal day trip from the resort—there are several hiking trails, a bicycle track and a picnic area. Submerged caves and the stony seafloor attract many marine species, which again attract scuba divers and snorkelers.
You can get to Cape Greco by car, but also by boat. Dolphin Boat Safari is one of the companies that organise boat trips to the cliffs and caves. An alternative to Cape Greco is a dolphin boat safari from Ayia Napa to Famagusta, which takes in most of the coastal highlights. There's time to go snorkeling or scuba diving, but also to spot dolphins and sea turtles—a highly recommended thing to do!