Weather Averages for Paphos in April
Averages for Paphos in April
Temperatures begin to climb significantly during April in Paphos, although there is significant moderation from the sea temperatures off the coast, since the seasonal cycle of sea surface temperature tends to lag that of land temperatures. There is an average daytime maximum temperature of 21°C and an average overnight minimum of 11°C. Ground frosts are not unknown but only arise on an average of 0.1 days per April, which implies a return period of approximately one in ten years.
April is usually a dry month, but not completely rain-free, with a mean precipitation total of 19mm, spread over an average of 5 wet days per month. Wet Aprils are unusual and during the period 1991-2005, the wettest April had 45.2mm which is still drier than over most parts of northern Europe, plus when it does rain at Paphos it tends to be heavier and shorter-lived than in northern and central Europe.
Aprils usually boast a substantial amount of sunshine with a mean monthly total of 270 hours, which equates to an average of 9 hours per day. The mean relative humidity falls to 66% during April, making April one of the least humid months on average. The average sea temperature begins to climb during April but reaches a mean of only 18°C, which is rather cool for swimming in.
Dates for the diary
In Limassol, approximately 36 miles away from Paphos and accessible by shuttle bus, April features the Street Life Festival, usually near the end of the month. In the Limassol Historical Centre, a large variety of displays are shown, including music, painting, crafts and jugglers. The 1st April is Cyprus National Day and serves as a public holiday in Paphos, along with the rest of Cyprus.
Things to do
April is quite a good time of year to try out horse-riding. Ride in Cyprus Ltd, situated at Stavros tis Psokas Rd, Lysos, offers excellent horse-riding faciltiies. The main headquarters have spectacular views over towards Pano Panayia and offer a wide range of horse rides. The longer treks operate mostly during spring and autumn, but some of the shorter ones operate all year around.
There are day trips offered as well as rides spanning a few days or even a full week, during which half-board accommodation is provided at the nearby Paradisos Hills Hotel. The horse rides are guided and are consistently well-received by customers.
Chris Andreou- Quad Biking Safari at Cyprotel Cypria Maris Kato Paphos is a good bet for quad biking fans, which offers a 1.5 hour off-road quad bike tour for which no driving licence is required, and adults and children can have fun, although children must be supervised by an adult. Safaris are also available in the Akamas area, departing at 9:00am and visiting a coffee shop in Mandria, Asprokremos Dam and Aphrodite's birthplace . Scooter and bike rent are also available, along with buggy safaris and some water sports.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants in Paphos, catering for most tastes. One of the many good international cuisine outlets is Tweedies, at Spyrou Kyprianou, Kissonerga, which is owned by a British couple and also stocks local kolios wines. For a light bite to eat, Pinguino Cafe at Dionisou and Posedonos Ave, Kato Paphos, serves some good snacks and breakfasts, coffees and cocktails, from morning until midnight.
There are many good cocktail bars in Paphos including Aces Cocktail Bar, off Ayias Anastasias, which also has large TV screens for the benefit of those hoping to keep up with major sporting events. The Kings Road Pub should appeal both to those after good pub-style food, and some restaurant-style options, as well as karaoke during the eveings.
Hit the beach
April is quite a good time of year to hit the beach as tourists tend to be relatively few and the weather is generally dry, sunny and warm without being especially hot, though the seas are still rather cool for swimming in. Pharo’s Lighthouse Beach is situated just behind the Tombs of the Kings road in Paphos, it is made of sand and and is particularly suitable for those who enjoy playing in and exploring rock pools.
Alykes Beach is a sandy beach which is frequently cleaned, and features water sports, umbrellas and sun beds and is easily accessible.
Where to stay
There are many good hotels in and around Paphos. The Atlantica Golden Beach Hotel, at Kisonerga, Paphos 8574, is a good quiet 4-star resort which is particularly suitable for a romantic retreat. The Annabelle at 10 Poseidonos Avenue features luxury 5-star accommodation and has regular musical entertainment on evenings, and facilities for kids and weddings among other attractions. A good reliable option for couples and families is the Louis Ledra Beach Hotel at PO Box 63003, Paphos 8210, which has a reputation for providing good buffets.
Budget options include the Crystallo Apartments at Ikarou 2, 8103, which are a 5-minute walk from the centre of Kato Paphos, offer cheap accommodation and good access to surrounding attractions. Self-catering options include renting a holiday villa such as Sunisland S1, situated within Kata Paphos close to nearby facilities.