Weather Averages for Paphos in February
Averages for Paphos in February
February is, on average, the coldest month of the year in Paphos, but the temperatures are usually mild, with an average daytime maximum temperature of 17°C and an average minimum of 8°C overnight. Frosts are rare, although an average February will have two nights with a ground frost, and 0.2 nights (approximating to one year in five) with an air frost.
February is the last of the generally wet months, with a mean precipitation total of 64mm, spread over an average of 11 wet days per month. Rainfall can be very variable from one February to the next, however, depending on the path of the jet stream and associated rain-bearing depressions from the Atlantic, which sometimes track along the northern Mediterranean Sea. On occasion the rain can be heavy and can trigger significant flooding problems, as happened in late-February 2010.
However, the rain tends to be over with more quickly than in northern and central parts of Europe, and sunshine is quite reliable, with an average of 212 hours of bright sunshine per February, which equates to approximately 7.5 hours per day. February is normally a moderately humid month with a mean relative humidity of 73%. The average sea temperature is at its lowest during February and March, and in February the long-term average is 17°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, the Limassol Carnival takes place, usually in February, although note that in some years it is held in early March rather than in February. There is typically a number of carnival parades, cultural events, and entertainment events, and the carnival lasts for ten days.
There are no other major annual events in February but a typical February will usually have art and music exhibitions at some of the main museums and galleries in and around Paphos. Details are usually available close to the time.
Things to do
February is quite a good time of year to check out the various museums in and around Paphos. The Paphos Archaeological Museum at Griva Digeni 43, Paphos has numerous Cypriot antiquities which date back as far as the Neolithic era. There are five rooms boasting exhibits from a number of different historic periods and these include tombstones and antiques and decorations. Note though that the museum is closed on Sundays.
The Ethnographical Museum at 1 Exo Vrisis Street, Paphos is worth seeing for its exhibits stemming from George Eliades, who collected many art treasures from his local area, mostly in the countryside around Paphos. These include costumes, wooden furniture, and various archaeological finds stemming mainly from the Chalcolithic period. Those after a display of how village life used to be in the Paphos area can consider the Steni Museum of Village Life at Steni, at which guides give an account of the sort of manual labour that was required in the past and provide displays of traditional costumes, among other attractions.
There are some good tours of the area available. One good option is the Venetian Camel Route Tour, which is offered by Exclam Enduro Tours, who are based at 15 Parola Street, Parekklisia. This is a camel trail which heads into some of the remote parts of the island. There are three Venetian bridges as part of the tour, and according to the company’s website, the bridges were built to enable pack animals, mainly camels, to cross the river when carrying copper from the Troodos mines to Paphos. There are various other tours offered, including a Coast to Peak to Coast tour (suitable only for Level 6+ walkers, available November to June) and a Viper Stream tour (also suitable for Level 6+ and available November to June).
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants in the Paphos district with options to cater for most tastes. A good bet for European cuisine and a tavern experience is the Akis Taverna at Acheleia on the old road to Paphos Airport, which has the advantage of also being relatively inexpensive. For a Middle Eastern culinary experience, the Syrian Restaurant at Pafias Afroditis 14 is a good choice.
The Rose Pub Cyprus at Paphos Pres de Port serves some high-quality pub snacks and breakfasts and also provides live music on evenings. Those after a good beer and ale bar can consider the Old Fishing Shack Ale and Cider House at Margarita Gardens, Tefkrou Street.
Hit the beach
February is rather early in the season for reliable weather for beach trips, but nonetheless the beaches can be attractive during fine spells as they are usually quiet at this time of year. Vrysoudia Beach B is good for water sports, and it contains good views over towards Paphos harbour and castle. The Pachyammos Beach is one of many beaches in the Paphos area that has been awarded the blue flag, and it is close to numerous restaurants, making it a good spot to stop off and have a quick relax or hike across the beach.
Where to stay
Paphos boasts an extensive range of good accommodation options. A good beach resort hotel is the Kefalos Beach Tourist Village at Tombs of the Kings Road, which is very handy for Kefalos Beach. The Avanti Village at Poseidon Avenue offers good 4-star accommodation and has a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre, among other attractions. The Dimma Seaside Houses at Road Chlorakas, are a family-run set of apartments and contain a small cocktail bar to sit at during the evenings.
Those on a tight budget can consider the Hadjiantoni Anna Hotel Apartments at 15 Evagorou Street, Kissonerga. There are many villas and apartments that are available for rent for holidays and one of the most impressive and luxurious options is the Azurrro Luxury Holiday Villas at Azurro Village.