Limassol Weather January Averages, Cyprus
What's the Weather like in Limassol in January
The month of January falls right in the middle of Limassol's winter season. Therefore, people on holiday in Limassol should expect some chilly weather with average temperatures of about 12°C (roughly 54°F).
However, holiday-makers can also expect average high temperatures of 15°C (59°F) in January whilst average night-time low temperatures will be around 8°C (46°F). Therefore, it may be a good idea to pack some sweaters to avoid catching a cold.
Rainfall & Sunshine
January is also a relatively dry month in Limassol and receives only about 97 mm of precipitation with an average of 12 rainy days. This is the second wettest month for Limassol, but is an improvement on weather in the UK. Moreover, there is also a bit of sunshine, with about 5 hours a day.
Hotels in Limassol in January
Londa Hotel (Georgiou 'A 72) is a 5-star boutique hotel that caters to both leisure and business travelers. Rooms and suites are quite large, many with a private balcony. In-room facilities include Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, A/Cnd a few of the upper suites are equipped with a living room area and Jacuzzi. The hotel also has a spa, gym, sauna, steam room, snack bar, plunge pool and freshwater infinity pool.
Royal Apollonia (Georgiou 'A) is a luxury 5-star hotel, featuring 204 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, 2 tennis courts and a hot tub. Dining options include Japanese, Greek, Italian, and snacks at the pool bar. The Hotel is located just a short walk from Limassol's strip of restaurants, bars and shops. There are 13 different categories of rooms, from deluxe and superior rooms to junior and honeymoon suites.
Hit the Beach
Holidaymakers can still go for a swim in the sea if they're feeling brave, as it will be relatively warm with water temperatures averaging 18°C.
Limassol has miles of sandy beaches, decorated with high-rise hotels, restaurants, cocktail bars and bright lights. The main beach is Dassoudi, a long, flat beach with dark pebbles. Located three kilometers to the east of Limassol, it has all the major amenities such as changing rooms, car parks and snack bars.
There is also the Governor's Beach, thirty kilometers east, accessible by daily bus or car. The pleasant stretch of sand tends to be tranquil and pleasant, with only a few restaurants and hotels scattered around. Its shallow waters, white cliffs and nature trails make it a fun spot for kids and other adventurous visitors. Nearby, visitors can check out the Neolithic site of Mesovouni and the monastery of Agios Georgics Alamanos.
West of Limassol is Avdimou Beach, a huge stretch of sand with shallow waters. The area is protected and very safe for swimming, but tends to be exposed to the sun's rays so take sun-cream. Melanda Beach is one of the best places to try out watersports: windsurfing, jet skis or kayaking.
Nearby is Pissouri Bay, a pleasant beach that has developed into a popular tourist retreat. Here you'll find fun tavernas, a traditional village, panoramic views, watersports and bars aplenty. It's a popular holiday vacation spot, with dozens of apartments and villas to rent in the summer.
Bars and Restaurants
Cypriot food is made up delicious, traditional dishes like Greek- and Turkish-inspired mezze, souvlaki and seafood. Top restaurants include the three tavernas at the Four Seasons Hotel (67/69 Amathountos St, Ag.Tychonas).
For a different take, sample the Asian cuisine at Seasons Oriental, prepared by top Hong Kong chef Kenny Keung. With its wok-fried lobster with sliced ginger, beef tenderloin strips and fresh dim sum, it's hard to argue with those who have claimed this is the best Chinese restaurant in all of Cyprus.
Things to Do in Limassol in January
Cyprus' wine industry
Limassol is the center of Cyprus' wine industry. Wine and winemaking have long been associated with the coastal city. In fact, traditionally, almost every household had a winery and it was customary for the owner of the household to invite friends and relatives to sample his wine. In the light of this, why not try some wine-tasting, which is sure to be delicious!
In January, holidaymakers can look forward to the Epiphany festival. It is also known as Kalanda or the festival of Lights and is one of the most important festivals to Cypriots.
Ancient traditions dictate demons appear on Christmas and spend the next two weeks playing tricks on humans. However, on January 5, Cypriots meet at the church to pray and bless the waters, which they believe holds back the demons. Priests also visit homes to cleanse them of the demons.
After this ceremony, another is held next to the sea. This is called the Blessing of the Sea. Doves are set loose into the sky and a crucifix is then thrown into the sea. It is the job of the youths to retrieve this crucifix.
These traditions may be of interest to the intrepid tourist who wishes to understand the culture and heritage of Cyprus.
Take a look at the weather forecast to help decide how to spend your time in Limassol.