Weather Averages for Paphos in December
Averages for Paphos in December
Temperatures continue to cool off during December in Paphos during November, but with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 19°C and a mean overnight minimum of 10°C, it is still somewhat on the mild side. However, frosts are encountered on rare occasions, and there is a mean of 0.5 days per December with a ground frost.
December is, on average, the wettest month of the year, with a mean precipitation total of 94mm, spread over 12 wet days. However, depending on the position of the jet stream and the associated track of rain-bearing depressions from the Atlantic Ocean, precipitation totals can vary considerably from one December to the next.
During the period 1991-2005, the wettest December had a remarkable 260.6mm and one December had rain on 26 days, but at the other extreme, the driest December of the period produced only 9.3mm. Floods caused a lot of damage across Cyprus during mid to late December 2012.
Sunshine totals average 186 hours per December, a mean of 6 hours per day, which is still remarkably high considering the time of year. The mean relative humidity is quite high during December, averaging 74%. The average sea temperature falls to a long-term mean of 19°C during December, which is rather cool for swimming.
Dates for the diary
The main December event in Cyprus is Christmas Day, which features church services on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day and locally-sourced feasts, including kourabiedes (almond-flavoured cookies) and melomakarona (honey-flavoured semolina balls). There are usually Christmas-themed concerts on show during the fortnight prior to Christmas, and New Year’s Eve usually features spectacular celebrations towards midnight including traditional New Year fireworks displays.
Things to do
Paphos boasts a large assortment of historical sites of interest which are well worth paying a visit. The Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church at Kato Paphos, which is open daily, features numerous ruins and also houses St. Paul’s Pillar. St. Paul attempted to convert the ruler at the time to Christianity, and succeeded, but not before being punished with 40 lashes while tied to this lump of stone.
Close by, just off the E0703 to the south of Mamountali, lies the Chysopolitissa Monastery which was established in 1152 and dedicated to “Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate” and features numerous old treasures. The monastery also hosts a winery which is one of the best-regarded in Cyprus. The Royal Manor of Kouklia, to the south-west of Kouklia Village, houses the Aphrodite’s Temple which contains a museum with many displays of excavations. It was regularly used as a sanctuary until the 3rd or 4th century.
Paphos also boasts some excellent wineries. The Kolios Winery at Statos-Ayios, Fotios provides a special lunch and a tour of the winery, and this winery typically produces over 400,000 bottles of wine per year. Paphos Wine Tours Day Tours offer day tours of the Paphos area which are wine-themed and offer opportunities to choose from samples of various wines. The Evening Village Taverna tour features a local meze menu and drinks and music and dancing, though it requires a group with a minimum of 4 people.
Where to eat & drink
Paphos boasts a large range of good restaurants. Those on a romantic trip or who fancy a special occasion meal can consider the Ficardo Restaurant at Poseidnos Avenue 50, which serves a variety of good international food. The Aqui Cafe Bar Cyprus at Coral Bay Road is good for seafood, steaks and grills, and booking is advised, particularly at weekends. It boasts wines and good sea and mountain views.
There are many reasonable bars and pubs at Paphos. The Silks Wine Bar Bistro, at 1 Georgiou Leonida Street, Chlorakas Hil, sells a good range of wines. Those who would like to try out some theatre for evening entertainment (as the clubbing scene tends not to be as strong in winter as in the summer half-year) can try and see some performances at the main medieval square outside the Medieval Castle of Paphos.
Hit the beach
The weather is often unreliable during December but a beach trip can still prove attractive and pleasant during a fine spell. Aphrodite’s Rock is well worth checking out and boasts some sandy and pebble beaches surrounding the rock.
Coral Bay is a good resort for water sports, including surfing, and is accessible, so it is good for a short trip on a fine day.
Where to stay
Paphos boasts plenty of excellent accommodation options, including some luxurious options and a reasonable number of good budget options too. The Aura Holiday Villas at 21, Mylouthkia street, Kissonerga, offer high quality accommodation which is especially geared towards families and children. One of the many good beach hotels is the Helios Bay Hotel at P.O. Box 60423, which offers 4-star accommodation. Those after an all-inclusive stay can try out the Aliathon Holiday Village at Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos 8063.
Good budget options include the Crystallo Apartments at Ikarou 2, 8103, which is a 5-minute walk from the centre of Kato Paphos, and self-catering options are numerous and include Royal Seacrest , which is 500 metres from the Tomb of the Kings road.