Averages for Larnaca in August
August remains scorching hot in Larnaca, a seaside resort on the southeast coast of Cyprus. Just like in July, the average temperature soars at 27°C this month. In the afternoons, the mercury climbs to a blistering average of 32°C, while at night, it doesn't drop below its average low of 21°C. August 1 is historically the hottest day of the entire year—this means that in the course of the month, these temperatures tend to decrease a tiny bit, bu...
August remains scorching hot in Larnaca, a seaside resort on the southeast coast of Cyprus. Just like in July, the average temperature soars at 27°C this month. In the afternoons, the mercury climbs to a blistering average of 32°C, while at night, it doesn't drop below its average low of 21°C. August 1 is historically the hottest day of the entire year—this means that in the course of the month, these temperatures tend to decrease a tiny bit, but only by 1 degree each. August remains hot throughout the whole month. Even the sea feels hot this time of the year. The temperature of the Mediterranean Sea now averages 26°C, which is its annual maximum temperature. This is absolutely perfect beach weather, so while you relax on the many beaches of Larnaca topping up your tan, you can also cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea or indulge in some watersports such as waterskiing, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
It is an extremely popular time of year to visit, so this may not be an ideal time of year for your trip if you dislike intense heat or large crowds.
There is virtually no chance of rain, with the average being around 10mm. The chance that rainfall will occur on any given day averages no more than 2%, which makes August the driest month of the entire year. When it does rain, however, it happens as brief moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. After these short spells of rain, the sun will appear again and dry up the wetness in a heartbeat.
The reason behind the absence of rainfall and the high number of sunshine hours is the low percentage of cloud cover. Cloud cover ranges around 7% and doesn't vary significant throughout the month.
Where to stay
For a relaxing stay in Larnaca, try the Flamingo Beach Hotel, located right on McKenzie Beach. This three-star hotel offers all the typical hotel amenities, as well as an outdoor patio and bar, a free breakfast buffet, a kids' playground and babysitting services, a roof-top pool, and a spa. The hotel also offers apartment stays with fully equipped kitchens. For some extra fun, the hotel organises weekly events like quizzes, and bingo and karaoke nights. Nearby activities include city tours, museum visits, as well as water activities like windsurfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Things to do
Although this is the prime seasons for sunbathing and swimming, there are still many sights to see and things to do away from the beach.
The Church of St. Lazarus was built over the tomb of St. Lazarus, who, in the bible, is said to have been raised from the dead by Jesus. There are many interesting artworks inside, as well as the marble sarcophagus of the saint. The Agios Lazarus Byzantine Church is one of the most significant churches from the Byzantine period in all of Cyprus. The church is free to visit and open all year round. Culture and history buffs won't want to miss this one! there is also the Fort of Larnaca which dates from 1625 and contains an interesting museum detailing the history of the area
A fun thing to do with the whole family is going for a camel ride. This can be done just outside the resort, at Camel Park Mazotos. The camel rides take you into the surrounding countryside; at the park itself, you can jump in the swimming pool and enjoy some local food in the restaurant while the kids play at the playground. There is a little zoo as well, home to ostriches, wallabies, ponies, lamas, deer, donkeys and several species of birds.
Hit the beach
There are many great beaches in Larnaca, but none of them has as much sand as Dhekelia Beach. This endless stretch of soft sand is dotted with umbrellas and lined with the densest concentration of hotels in the resort. Many of those hotels have their own section of the beach. Parallel to the beach is Dhekelia Road, which is where you will find numerous restaurants, taverns and other eateries.
Eating and drinking out
Established in 1994, Masalas Indian Restaurant is one of Europe's best Indian restaurants. Local and foreign visitors—including some celebrities as well—rave about the food. Because of its excellent reputation, this restaurant is also one of the most expensive Indian restaurants in the resort. However, if you like Indian food and can afford to splurge on one night of amazing Indian food, you should definitely visit and try their chicken tikka masala, Malai chicken tikka and their typical desserts.