Weather Averages for Paphos in September
Averages for Paphos in September
Although temperatures cool off a little during September in Paphos, the nearby sea is close to its warmest at this time of the year, and consequently September is, on average, a hotter month than June, and may still be too hot at times for some at the warmest time of the day. The daytime temperature rises to an average maximum of 29°C and falls to an average overnight minimum of 19°C. These temperatures make outdoor activities attractive during evenings and even overnight.
Cyprus occasionally experiences notable heatwaves early in the month, due to southerly winds dragging up hot dry air from northern Africa, but Paphos tends to miss the severest heat because of the moderating effects of the surrounding seas. On rare occasions temperatures above 35°C have been observed but most Septembers do not reach that value.
September is typically another very dry month and many Septembers feature no precipitation at all. There is a mean of just 4mm of precipitation per September and one day with measurable precipitation. Correspondingly, sunshine remains reliable, with an average of 315 hours of sunshine, or 10.5 hours per day.
The sun shines for an average total of 366 hours, or 11.8 hours per day. The mean relative humidity falls somewhat during September with an average of just 62%. The average sea temperature only falls a little during September with a long-term average value of 26°C, which is ideal for most underwater activities including swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Dates for the diary
In September the Paphos Aphrodite Festival is intended to promote Paphos as a culturally-rich city and features musical performances. Each year the organisers invite a well-known opera group to perform in the city, performing classics which in the past have included Bizet’s “Carmen” and Puccini’s “Turandot”.
The Paradise Jazz Festival is held in late-September each year and is held at Charalambou Fournidi 12, Paradise Place, Polis Town Centre and encourages the best young jazz musicians from London to come and perform and entertain.
Things to do
September, with its reliably dry sunny weather but not quite as hot as August, is a good time to try a boat cruise around the Paphos area. Paphos Sea Cruises at Paphos Harbour offer a wide range of cruises, including half day, full day, pirate, wedding receptions and water sports cruises. The pirate cruise, for example, includes a pirate show, belly dancing, dressing mummies, and “walk the plank”. They have a special “fireworks night” cruise on a Sunday from 19:00 to 23:00. Many of the cruises offer diving and snorkelling opportunities, which due to the warm seas, are particularly attractive at this time of year. Those who fancy something fast and furious and a little bit different can try the Tiger Boat trips, which features twists and turns and wave jumping.
Fans of ten pin bowling have a choice of two main ten pin bowling centres in Paphos. The Cockatoos Bowling Centre contains a computerised and air-conditioned ten pin bowling alley with 10 lanes, and a bowling academy which offers training. The Cosmic Bowling Centre at the centre of Paphos has 18 lanes and numerous on-site facilities including a pro shop, a cafeteria and restaurant, and video games. There is also free internet, a children’s playroom, and musical entertainment.
Where to eat & drink
Paphos has a wide range of good restaurants to choose from. There are many good Greek restaurants, including the Laona Restaurant at 6 Votsi Street, Paphos, which is well-regarded for its service, and serves good meats and wines as well as Greek food. There are also many good snack bars in Paphos and the True Bliss Juice Bar at Shop 6, Efstahiou Complex, 28 Tombs of the Kings Road sells some good cheap snack food and desserts, smoothies and yoghurt ice creams.
There are some good beach bars in and around Paphos. The Nammos Beach Bar at Coral Bay is a good source of pub food and drinks and offers good views over the sea front. Alfie T’s Bar at 29, Tomb of the Kings Road is a traditional British-style pub that has regular karaoke events on evenings as well as serving reasonable pub food during the daytime.
Hit the beach
September is a good time of year to try out the beaches, since tourists are less rampant than in July and August, while the seas are close to their warmest at this time of year, making diving and swimming particularly attractive. Latchi Beach is situated by Latchi fishing village in the Akamas Peninsula, and is ideal for scuba diving and swimming as well as for fishing. The nearby taverns and cafes widely sell seafood.
The blue flag Pachyammos Beach is ideally situated for access to nearby pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.
Where to stay
There are many good hotels in and around Paphos and visitors are spoilt for choice. The 4-star Constantinou Bros Pioneer Beach Hotel at Theas Afroditis Avenue, PO Box 60182, has its own stretch of beach and has a highly-regarded restaurant and a fitness centre. The Appolonia Holiday Apartments at Ikarou 20 are a high-quality set of apartments which offer many facilities including an honesty bar. The Sea Point Villas at 16 Keratidiou offer spacious villas and lie close to the beaches at Coral Bay.
Budget options include the 2-star Pyramos Hotel at 4 Agias Anastasias Street, which provides very good facilities for the price. There are many self-catering options available, including self-catered accommodation at the Kefalos Beach Tourist Village at Tombs of the Kings Road.