Weather Averages for Paphos in July
Averages for Paphos in July
July is one of the two hottest months of the year in Paphos, though on average it is not quite as hot as August. Although the temperatures may be on the high side for some holidaymakers, the heat is usually less intense than in inland parts of Cyprus, thanks to the moderating effects of the nearby sea.
The daytime temperature rises to an average maximum of 30°C and falls to an average overnight minimum of 20°C, which makes July a good time of year for outdoor activities during the evenings and overnight, as well as for sunbathing during the daytime.
Inland parts of Cyprus are quite prone to extreme heatwaves when southerly winds drag up hot and dry air from northern Africa, but Paphos, close to the south-west coast, tends to miss the highest temperatures. During the period 1991-2005, the highest temperature recorded at Paphos in July was 38.2°C, and during more recent July heatwaves in 2009 and 2012, while temperatures climbed as high as 43 or 44°C inland, in coastal resorts such as Paphos they stayed short of 40°C.
A large majority of Julys pass by without any measurable rainfall at all, though short-lived downpours are not completely unknown. The mean monthly precipitation total is 0.3mm, spread over an average of 0.2 wet days. During the period 1991-2005, the wettest July of the period had just 3.3mm of rain and 1 wet day.
The daily weather during July is usually dry and sunny throughout, and an average July boasts 391 hours of bright sunshine per month, amounting to an average of 12.6 hours per day. The mean relative humidity is moderately high at 73%. The average sea temperature rises as the summer progresses and during July the long-term mean is 26°C, which is ideal for most underwater activities including swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Dates for the diary
There are many concerts that are held in Paphos during July, including the Concert for the Youth. The Koumantaria Festival is held in late-July each year to celebrate Commandaria Wine, which is produced in a small area of Cyprus that contains 14 villages, and it is held at Lania Village. The festival features Greek and Cypriot music and dances, and features musical nights and is rounded off with a fireworks display.
Things to do
July is a good time of year to try out some underwater entertainment. For those after something a bit different, Undersea Walkers, based at Cynthiana Beach Hotel, Tomb of the Kings Road, offer a guided trip helmet diving and walking on the sea bed, for which no prior experience of diving is required. Visitors can survey rock formations and sea life at the bottom of the sea. BOB diving (on an underwater scooter) trips are also offered, though you must be 13 or over, and 4 ft 6 or taller, in order to participate for safety reasons. For a more traditional experience, scuba diving trips are also offered. Transport is freely provided from your choice of hotel.
Holidaymakers can cool off by enjoying a stay at the Super Aphrodite Water Park, situated at Poseidnos Avenue. There are many attractions at the site, including a large rafting ride, a wave pool, massaging facilities, numerous slides, a pirate ship slide, lazy river rides, and a super volcano. Note that visitors are not allowed to bring their own food and that the in-house restaurants are quite pricey, so plan your eating accordingly when on a trip to the water park.
Where to eat & drink
Paphos boasts a very wide range of good restaurants and visitors are spoilt for choice as long as they avoid the dodgier outlets. There are many good outlets that serve Greek cuisine (which is similar to locally-produced Cypriot cuisine), including the Windmill Restuarant at 19,Paphias Aphrodite’s Street, which is a family-run restaurant. A good seaside restaurant, which serves European cuisine, is The Mar Bianco Cafe at Pafinia 11-13, Poseidonos Avenue.
A good beach bar is the Lighthouse Beach Bar, Lighthouse Beach, near Tomb Of The Kings Road. This bar features a wide range of pub food including pitas, burgers, omelettes and ice creams and simply relax and watch over the nearby coastline. Those after musical entertainment can consider the Paradise Place at Pomos 8870, which features regular musical entertainment and hosts the annual Paradise Jazz Festival in July and/or August each year.
Hit the beach
July falls within the main tourist season, so it is a good time for those who like busy and vibrant scenes but it also means that many of the beaches tend to be quite crowded at times. The coves and beaches south of Agios Georgios feature some secluded bays which are reputed to be the best sites for naturists in the Paphos area.
The Yavuz Cikarma Plaji, or Escape Beach, is situated next to the lively Escape Beach Club, which provides sporting entertainment and meals during the day and transforms into a nightclub overnight, and hosts some beach parties.
Where to stay
Paphos boasts many good accommodation options, and most tastes will be spoilt for choice. The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel at Posidonos Avenue offers good 4-star accommodation close to the beach. The Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel at Theas Afroditis Avenue, Kato Paphos, is a luxury 5-star hotel and boasts a large swimming pool surrounded by sun beds. The Aliathon Holiday Village at Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos 8063, which boasts, among other facilities, kids’ facilities, a spa, and restaurants and bars.
There are some good budget options too, including the Paphinia Sea View Apartments at Poseidon Avenue, Kato Paphos, which offer some excellent views, especially considering the low prices. Self-catering options include Villa Antigone, which is a particularly good villa for families with children.