Limassol Weather December Averages, Cyprus
What's the Weather like in Limassol in December
December in Limassol is the first month in the country's relatively short winter season. Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate and has an average temperature of 13°C, about 55°F even during the month of December. It receives an average high temperature of 17°C (63°F) which is still very mild and an average low temperature of 9°C (48°F). As such, people on holiday to Limassol in December should carry some warm sweaters to prevent being cold on chillier or windy days.
December is also the wettest month of the year. It receives an average of 102mm of precipitation with an average of 12 rainfall days.
Holidaymakers should also expect some sunshine as the month averages around 5 hours of sunshine a day which makes Limassol a nice destination for Christmas.
Hotels in Limassol in December
The prestigious Four Seasons (67/69 Amathountos St, Ag.Tychonas) in the area is just a few minutes' east of Limassol's city center. Opened in 1995, the hotel features 304 rooms on 6 floors, all equipped with balcony or terrace and some with interconnecting and handicapped-friendly options. Each room features LCD TVs, A/C, minibar, radio, safes, and a bathtub with walk in shower. There is a range of restaurants, offering Italian, Greek, and Chinese menus, and entertainment erupts nightly in one of the lively bars.
Grand Resort (Amathus Area), previously Hawaii Grand Hotel & Resort, is a large-scale hotel with 255 en-suite rooms and suites, each with their own private balconies and flower bed. Other amenities include minibar, safe, radio system, LED TV, A/C, free wifi and full length mirrors. The hotel's restaurants represent a diverse palate, as evident just from their names: Salamanca, Anthea, Kohili, Kyoshi Teppan Yaki, sushi bar and Kyma Restaurant. The Spa features a unique selection of private spa suite, hammam, and hydromassages.
Hit the Beach
For those brave enough on a sunny or milder day, Melanda Beach, west of Limassol, is an exposed area with shingle instead of sandot the ideal place for swimmers. The western end, however, is protected by a sandstone bluff and great for water sportsindsurfing, jet skis or kayaking. Adventurers can rest and warm up afterward at the local fish and chips restaurant. The sea is fairly cold with an average temperature of 19°C although this is certainly warmer than elsewhere in Europe.
Bars and Restaurants
Be sure to try the delicious desserts available at many Cypriot restaurants. Loukoumades are fried balls in syrup, loukoumi (otherwise known as Turkish Delight) and quince preserves.
Syrian Arab Friendship Club
The bizarrely named Syrian Arab Friendship Club (17 Vassilisis Amalias 1101 Nicosia) offers some of the finest Middle Eastern cuisine on Cyprus. Opt for the standard dishes like baba ghanoush and kibbeh, and top with mouthwatering cherry-pit flour and rosewater pudding. The drink menu is varied, from Cypriot spirits to Arab arak. Plus there's belly dancing on the weekends.
Things to Do in Limassol in December
December is a relatively quiet month in Limassol. In fact, the only big celebration that the Cypriots will be looking forward to is Christmas. However, this does not mean that holidaymakers won't have a festive vacation. One will usually find the locals preparing for Christmas from the beginning of the month. Some people may even fast the week before Christmas so that they can enjoy the Christmas feast. December may also be a great time to go sightseeing as there won't be too many tourists.
Holidaymakers should not leave the festive town before they visit one of the castles around Limassol. There are two main castles, the Limassol castle and the Kolossi castle. The two have vastly different histories. The Limassol castle was built around the 1200s, but it was mainly used as a prison throughout its history especially from around 1790 to 1940. This is very spot where Richard the Lionhearted of England married Berengaria. The castle now serves as a medieval museum, with an extensive collection of armor, weapons, and tombstones.
The Kolossi castle, however, has a more 'profitable' history. Most of the produce that was exported from Cyprus was grown around it, for instance the sugarcane just outside the fortress' main building. The small castle was occupied by the Knights Templar in the 14th century.
You can easily rent a car and drive around the coast for some beautiful scenery. The ruins of ancient Amathus lie just 11 kilometers east of Limassol. According to legend, this is where Theseus abandoned pregnant Ariadne after he fought the Minotaur. The port city was settled around 1000 b.c.e. and enjoyed a period of prosperity under Roman rule, but fell after a few earthquakes around the 4th century. Among the ruins are a Byzantine basilica, Agora pillars, an Acropolis, and Temple of Aphrodite.