Averages for Paphos in May

Weather lowdown

May is generally a warm rather than hot month in Paphos, unlike in inland parts of the island, thanks to the cooling effects of the neighbouring sea. There is an average daytime maximum temperature of 24°C and an average overnight minimum of 14.5°C. Heatwaves occasionally crop up, thanks to plumes of hot air from northern Africa via southerly winds, and temperatures as high as 35°C are observed on rare occasions.

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  • Temperature Temperature 20°C 67°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 76°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 58°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 11 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 5 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 1.3 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 20°C 68°F

Daily averages for Paphos

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°F 68 68 68 68 68 66 68 66 68 68 66 68 68 66 68 68 70 72 72 70 68 70 70 72 70 70 73 72 72 70 72

Weather lowdown

May is generally a warm rather than hot month in Paphos, unlike in inland parts of the island, thanks to the cooling effects of the neighbouring sea. There is an average daytime maximum temperature of 24°C and an average overnight minimum of 14.5°C. Heatwaves occasionally crop up, thanks to plumes of hot air from northern Africa via southerly winds, and temperatures as high as 35°C are observed on rare occasions.

May is usually a very dry month and some Mays pass by without any measurable rainfall. The mean precipitation total is 5.3mm, spread over an average of 2.5 wet days per month. During the period 1991-2005, the wettest May had a precipitation total of 24.4mm which would still classify as notably dry relative to the norm in central and northern Europe.

The daily weather in May is usually dry and very sunny, and this is reflected by the average sunshine totals, with a mean of 344 hours of bright sunshine per month, amounting to an average of 11.1 hours per day. The mean relative humidity, at 69%, is a little higher than during April, in spite of the warmer, drier and sunnier nature of the month. The average sea temperature climbs to 20°C during May, which is swimmable but rather on the cool side.

Where to stay

There are many good hotels to choose from in the Paphos area. The Louis Imperial Beach at Poseidon Ave, PO Box 60284, is notable for being surrounded by some impressive exotic gardens, and offers 4-star accommodation. The Almyra Hotel at Poseidonos Avenue boasts 5-star accommodation which is particularly suitable for families, and also boasts a health spa and conference rooms, among other facilities. A good traditional bed and breakfast option is the Paradisos Hills Hotel at the outskirts of the village of Lysos, which also boasts some good sea views.

There are some reasonable budget options in Paphos too, including the Anemi Hotel Apartments at Kikeronos Street, Box 60404. The Avanti Hotel at Poseidon Avenue, PO Box 61082, offers good self-catering options.

Luxury villa by the sea Paphos

Accommodation choices by the sea, Paphos

Dates for the diary

In May, in the village of Geroskipou, Ierokipia, a ten-day musical festival featuring theatre performances and concerts, with many musical and dance performances. Many of the events are held in the main village centre. The Anthestiria Flower Festival is also held annually in May at Poseidonos Avenue along the harbour at Kato Paphos, and features parades of flowers, celebrating the arrival of spring.

Things to do

May is quite a good time to check out animal-related attractions, since the weather is reliable without being remarkably hot. The Paphos Bird and Animal Park features a large array of animals, including a reptile house with Nile crocodiles, and numerous types of snakes. There is also an indoor amphitheatre which has regular parrot and owl shows. There is a petting farm and a souvenir shop, so adults and children should all be entertained.

For a relatively secluded nature spot, the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station at Akamas is a pleasant beach, with a sandy area in the south-east of the bay, which houses numerous turtles that are being conserved (especially the Chelonia mydas species, which is in danger of extinction) and there is a hut telling visitors about the turtles.

Fans of water sports are particularly well catered for in the Paphos area. Latchi Watersports Centre at Latchi Harbour, Paphos offers a large range of water sports. There are options for self drive boat hire, including standard boats and luxury options. Customers can try jet ski hire, sailing, parasailing, tube rides, water ski trips, pedalo and kayaking trips, and more. Novices at windsurfing can try out windsurfing lessons, in which an instructor is beside you at all times on a safety boat while training, while there are also similar sailing lessons offered for sailing novices. There are good facilities for both adults and children, for example children as young as 3 years old are permitted to try water skiing. In addition to all of this, the centre also provides PADI dive courses and dive trips, including a trip to the famous Zenobia Wreck.

Where to eat & drink

Paphos has many good restaurants selling local cuisine (Cypriot and Greek cuisine are both heavily featured) and the Sienna Restaurant at Chlorakas Avenue, Panareti's Court 3 has a good selection of Cypriot food. There are also many good Italian restaurants, and Duomo Ristorante Italiano at the corner of Vasilissis Verinikis and Tombs of the Kings Road, has a wide-ranging menu with traditional Italian cuisine.

The Kikklos Wine & Cocktail Bar at Coral Bay, near Pergia, serves some good local and international wines and cocktails and also provides some pub food for those after a quick bite to eat. A livelier and noisier option is the Namaste Live Music Bar, which features local acts and international performers and a weekly "open mike" event.

Traditional Tavern in Paphos

Wine and cocktails in a traditional tavern, Paphos

Hit the beach

May is a good time of year to try out Paphos's many beaches, for it is prior to the main onset of tourists and the weather is usually dry, sunny and moderately hot. Faros Beach is a sandy beach at the west end of Paphos which contains sun beds and umbrellas for sunbathing, and also houses a beach volleyball court for those after something more active.

Vrysoudia Beach A is a Blue Flag resort and features an assortment of sun beds and umbrellas and opportunities for water sports, including surfing.

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