March Weather Averages for Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Although March does warm up in Ayia Napa, full-on summer has not arrived yet. At night, the average low temperature is 8°C, but the high temperatures do reach an average of 19°C during the daytime hours. Both the average lows and highs increase throughout the month—the average low temperature climbs from 8°C to 10°C in the course of March, while the average high increases from 18°C in the beginning of the month to an already very pleasant 20°C at the end. The average daily tempe...
Although March does warm up in Ayia Napa, full-on summer has not arrived yet. At night, the average low temperature is 8°C, but the high temperatures do reach an average of 19°C during the daytime hours. Both the average lows and highs increase throughout the month—the average low temperature climbs from 8°C to 10°C in the course of March, while the average high increases from 18°C in the beginning of the month to an already very pleasant 20°C at the end. The average daily temperature in March is 14°C and the average sea temperature is 17°C, which is the same as February and as cold as the Mediterranean Sea ever gets in Ayia Napa. Some March days may be suitable for swimming and there will most likely be scuba diving opportunities, even this early in the tourist season.
While March is by no means the official start of the tourist season, the temperature is rising and so is the amount of sunshine. Now, each day has an average of 10 hours of sunshine, one more than February and November and two more than January and December, but still much less than the annual high of 14 hours in June and July.
This increase in sunshine hours is the result of two causes. First, the lengthening of the days throughout the month—March 1 has 11.26 hours of daylight, while March 31 receives 12.32 daylight hours. Second, the decrease in cloud cover, which allows for more blue skies. Cloud cover decreases from a chance of 42% in the beginning of the month to 37% toward the end. Cloud cover is still fairly high, though, especially compared with the virtually cloudless summer months of July and August.
This slight decrease in cloud cover, in its turn, results in less rainfall in March. March receives a total of 42mm of precipitation in the course of the month and has 9 days of rainfall. In terms of total rainfall, it is the fifth-wettest month of the year; when it comes to days of rainfall, it has the fourth-most days of rainfall. Moderate rain occurs on 45% of those 9 days of rainfall. Thunderstorms happen on 37% of rainy days and light rain falls on 16% of those days. The likelihood of experiencing precipitation decreases throughout the month—the first days have a 37% chance of receiving rain; March 30 has a 30% chance. This percentage will drop ever so greatly as the year moves into April.
Where to stay
The four-star Olympic Lagoon Resort is located on the edge of Ayia Napa near beautiful Landa Golden Beach. This award-winning resort consists of extensive landscaped gardens, no less than seven swimming pools, excellent sports facilities, four restaurants and five different room types. There is also plenty of daytime and nighttime entertainment for young and old. This is a superb place to stay for young couples and families.
The Atlantica Sancta Napa Hotel is an all-inclusive resort that is ideal for any tourist on a budget. The hotel has a great location, just five minutes from the centre of town and close to Nissi Beach, the most popular beach in Ayia Napa. The swimming pool area is a great place to hang out during the day and, if you're travelling with children, the animation staff organise games. There is a children's pool, too. If the weather isn't yet warm enough for the outside pool, there's also an indoor pool for you to enjoy.
Another suggested hotel near Nissi Beach is the Anmaria Beach Hotel. Located only a few steps from the beach and close to the town centre, this is a wonderful place to stay for couples and families. There are 100 well-equipped rooms with a TV, kettle and a mini-bar and mini-fridge. Other amenities include a restaurant and cafeteria, a bar and pool bar, an indoor and outdoor pool, a gym, tennis court and massage room, and many more.
Vassos Nissi Plage Hotel is just off Nissi Beach, arguably the most beautiful beach in Ayia Napa. There are plenty of different water sports going on all day and the weather is beginning to get warm enough for you to enjoy them.
The hotel has a variety of room types, including apartments, standard rooms and double rooms to suit all types of travellers and budgets.
The hotel is also very close to Ayia Napa's water park, Water World. The themed water park is fantastic for people of all ages, with plenty of different rides, slides and pools.
Eating and drinking out
One of the great bars in the area is Mino's Pub. Right on the main square, this pub is an ideal place to begin your night out. Local artists perform on a regular basis and add to the place's excellent atmosphere.
After starting the night with a few drinks in a pub, you may want a bit more action. And there's no better place for that than Club Ice, one of the very best nightclubs in all of Cyprus. This world-class club features some of the world's best DJs and performers and hosts one of the largest foam parties in Europe. It's a huge venue, capable of entertaining no less than 1,800 people.
Another fun place is the Black Hawk Pub, located at the main square. This is classic pub/bar offering a wide variety of drinks, music and nighttime entertainment. It is frequented by British party-goers, as well as Scandinavians.
Things to do
A fun thing to do in May is visiting the city of Famagusta, which is located in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. This can make it rather difficult to visit the city from the southern part of the island, where Ayia Napa is located, but crossing the border is worth the effort. The Old City in Famagusta is home to the best-preserved fortifications built by the Venetians in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. There are several beautiful historic buildings, including a cathedral and a church.
In Ayia Napa itself, you may want to spend a day (or more) shopping. Even despite the town's rather small size, there are plenty of outlets and stores. Especially in recent years there has been an increase in the number of clothing stores selling major brands and classy outfits to wear to nightclubs. Other clothing and items, such as beachwear, designer shoes, souvenirs, jewelry and watches can be purchased (or dreamed about) as well. Additionally, the Ayia Thekla Market is worth strolling around in, while the Winter Market takes places on Saturday mornings in winter and consists of a number of stalls selling a wide variety of goods.