Paphos: October Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||77 %|
|Rainfall days||5 days|
|Chance of Rain||14 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||6 %|
Averages for Paphos in October
The weather remains quite hot at Paphos during October, in spite of the reducing daylight and advancing season. The daytime temperature rises to an average maximum of 27°C and falls to an average overnight minimum of 16°C, and given that Octobers also tend to be mostly dry and sunny, October is a good month for outdoor activities, featuring weather that is quite hot but not excessively so.
Precipitation crops up occasionally during October, but tends to be infrequent and short-lived. The mean precipitation total for October is just 18mm, spread over an average of 3 wet days. However, when rain-bearing depressions from the Atlantic Ocean track further south than usual, wet Octobers are possible, and during the 1991-2005 period the wettest October had a total of 84.8mm. On the other hand, some Octobers had no rain at all.
Sunshine remains remarkably abundant and reliable given the time of year, with an average of 285 hours of bright sunshine, a mean of 9.2 hours per day. The mean relative humidity is quite low during October with an average of just 57%. The average sea temperature only falls a little during October with a long-term average value of 24°C, so October is quite a good month for swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Dates for the diary
During selected weekends in October, artists open their studio doors to the general public as part of “Open Studios Cyprus”. This provides the general public and holidaymakers with opportunities to discuss art work with individual artists. The Cyclamen Rally is held in October each year and winds through the nearby town of Limassol and attracts a range of classic vehicles including the Morris Minor and the rather more luxurious Rolls Royce and Maserati.
Things to do
October is quite a good time of year to pay a visit to Aphrodite’s Rock near Paphos. The rock is the birthplace of Aphrodite’s. For those who are driving or on a guided tour, rather than taking the motorway, there is a scenic route via Paphos which passes under the motorway and runs along some good scenery along the coastline. The surrounding beach is predominantly pebble, while there are opportunities to swim in the nearby sea, and a legend that if you swim around the rock three times, you will have eternal youth. There are not many facilities near the rock so it may be advisable to take a picnic if you are planning a long stay.
Mountain Bike Cyprus offer mountain biking tours in the Akamas and Toodos regions, and also road tours and cycling holidays. From October to April they offer trails along the Akamas Peninsula and local foothills around Paphos. The trails are mostly twin track but there are some single track stretches. There are skill courses, including courses about body position, wheel lifts and technical climbing and descending. Bike rentals are also offered.
Aphrodites Rock, Paphos.
Where to eat & drink
Paphos boasts many good restaurants which cater for a wide range of tastes. One of the many good international restaurants in the area is the Zaffron Restaurant, at 110 Tomb Of the Kings Road, which is particularly suitable for romantic occasion dining. One very good fish restaurant is the Ocean Village at Avanti Village, which serves a wide variety of fish platters, with local and Japanese options, among others.
Friends Bar is a good British-style pub which offers highly-rated roast dinners, and offers a range of entertainment including quiz nights and broadcasts of sporting events. The Robin Hood Pub at Nightlife Street is a hybrid pub/nightclub, and resembles a medieval castle and features different types of music played on each night, thus catering for a variety of tastes.
Hit the beach
October is still a fairly good time of year to visit the beach, as tourists tend to be relatively few and the weather is still quite reliable, while the seas cool down more slowly than land temperatures, making diving and swimming attractive at this time of year. Vrysoudia Beach B is good for water sports, and it contains good views over towards Paphos harbour and castle, and there are various other facilities available.
Lara Bay at Akamas is a secluded beach and features a turtle conservation centre, and some very rare species of turtle live here.
Water sports like boating availabe in Paphos.
Where to stay
Paphos boasts many good hotels, which cater for most tastes. A good romantic retreat is the 5-star Azia Resort & Spa, located at Akamas Avenue, which has good facilities for weddings and honeymoons. The Avanti Hotel at Poseidon Avenue, PO Box 61082 provides 4-star accommodation and is well-placed for the nearby harbour, and is particularly suitable for families. Another good 5-star resort is The Annabelle at 10 Poseidonos Avenue.
Those on a tight budget can consider getting reasonable bed and breakfast accommodation at the Avillion Holiday Apartments at 5 Chlorakas Avenue, close to Coral Bay. There are many self-catering options too, including the option of a stay at the Beautiful Relaxing Villa with Pool Near Coral Bay.
October events in Paphos
Cyprus Independence Day
1st October 2015
All of Cyprus celebrates their independence from Great Britain in 1960, following years of war. There are military parades and festivals, and many area schools celebrate the occasion. Many stores and offices are closed.
Greek National Day
28th October 2015
Celebrates the day in October 1940, when Greece refused Italy's request to cross through the country to reach Russia. Ultimately, it dragged Greece into WWII. There are church services, parades, and other national events.