Paphos Weather December Averages, Cyprus

What's the Weather like in Paphos in December?

December is an excellent month to visit Paphos in Cyprus when the temperatures are still mild enough to explore the ancient city's attractions. And with an average of five hours of daily sunshine, you'll still be able to catch some rays on the beach. 

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    Paphos Weather for December 2019

    What's the Weather like in Paphos in December?

    December is an excellent month to visit Paphos in Cyprus when the temperatures are still mild enough to explore the ancient city's attractions. And with an average of five hours of daily sunshine, you'll still be able to catch some rays on the beach. 

    Temperature

    The daytime high-temperature average is 19°Cwhich drops to a cooler 10°C at night.

    What's the weather in Paphos like at Christmas?

    Paphos Christmas weather is mild compared with the UK and northern Europe at the same time of year, making it an enjoyable place to spend the festive season.

    On Christmas Day in 2018, the average temperature was 17°C and cloudy. The previous two years were a cooler 12°C and sunny, rising to 18°C in the hottest part of the day.

    Rain

    December is, on average, the wettest month of the year, with a mean precipitation total of 94mm, spread over 12 wet days. 

    Jet stream

    Depending on the position of the jet stream and rain-bearing depressions, the amount of rain varies considerably from one December to the next.

    Humidity 

    The relative humidity is quite high during December, averaging 74%.

    Sea Temperature

    The average sea temperature falls to 19°C in December, which is rather cool for swimming. But you'll still see plenty of brave people having a refreshing dip.

    Hotels for Paphos in December

    Aura Holiday Villas

    Paphos boasts plenty of excellent accommodation options, including some luxurious options and a reasonable number of good budget options too. The Aura Holiday Villas at 21, Mylouthkia street, Kissonerga, offer high quality accommodation which is especially geared towards families and children.

    Helios Bay Hotel

    One of the many good beach hotels is the Helios Bay Hotel at P.O. Box 60423, which offers 4-star accommodation.

    Aliathon Holiday Village

    Those after an all-inclusive stay can try out the Aliathon Holiday Village at Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos 8063.

    Crystallo Apartments and Royal Seacrest

    Good budget options include the Crystallo Apartments at Ikarou 2, 8103, which is a 5-minute walk from the centre of Kato Paphos, and self-catering options are numerous and include Royal Seacrest, which is 500 metres from the Tomb of the Kings road.

    Beaches for December for Paphos 

    Aphrodite's Rock

    The weather is often unreliable during December but a beach trip can still prove attractive and pleasant during a fine spell. Aphrodite's Rock is well worth checking out and boasts some sandy and pebble beaches surrounding the rock.

    Coral Bay

    Coral Bay is a good resort for water sports, including surfing, and is accessible, so it is good for a short trip on a fine day.

    Restaurants and Bars for Paphos in December

    Ficardo Restaurant

    Paphos boasts a large range of good restaurants. Those on a romantic trip or who fancy a special occasion meal can consider the Ficardo Restaurant at Poseidnos Avenue 50, which serves a variety of good international food.

    Aqui Cafe Bar Cyprus

    The Aqui Cafe Bar Cyprus at Coral Bay Road is good for seafood, steaks and grills, and booking is advised, particularly at weekends. It boasts wines and good sea and mountain views.

    Silks Wine Bar Bistro

    There are many reasonable bars and pubs at Paphos. The Silks Wine Bar Bistro, at 1 Georgiou Leonida Street, Chlorakas Hil, sells a good range of wines.

    Medieval Castle of Paphos

    Those who would like to try out some theatre for evening entertainment (as the clubbing scene tends not to be as strong in winter as in the summer half-year) can try and see some performances at the main medieval square outside the Medieval Castle of Paphos.

    Things to do in Paphos in December

    Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

    Paphos boasts a large assortment of historical sites of interest which are well worth paying a visit. The Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church at Kato Paphos, which is open daily, features numerous ruins and also houses St. Paul's Pillar. St. Paul attempted to convert the ruler at the time to Christianity, and succeeded, but not before being punished with 40 lashes while tied to this lump of stone.

    Chysopolitissa Monastery

    Close by, just off the E0703 to the south of Mamountali, lies the Chysopolitissa Monastery which was established in 1152 and dedicated to "Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate" and features numerous old treasures. The monastery also hosts a winery which is one of the best-regarded in Cyprus.

    Royal Manor of Kouklia

    The Royal Manor of Kouklia, to the south-west of Kouklia Village, houses the Aphrodite's Temple which contains a museum with many displays of excavations. It was regularly used as a sanctuary until the 3rd or 4th century.

    Kolios Winery

    Paphos also boasts some excellent wineries. The Kolios Winery at Statos-Ayios, Fotios provides a special lunch and a tour of the winery, and this winery typically produces over 400,000 bottles of wine per year. 

    Paphas Wine Tours Day Tours

    Paphos Wine Tours Day Tours offer day tours of the Paphos area which are wine-themed and offer opportunities to choose from samples of various wines. The Evening Village Taverna tour features a local meze menu and drinks and music and dancing, though it requires a group with a minimum of 4 people.

    Dates for the diary

    Christmas

    The main December event in Cyprus is Christmas Day, which features church services on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day and locally-sourced feasts, including kourabiedes (almond-flavoured cookies) and melomakarona (honey-flavoured semolina balls). There are usually Christmas-themed concerts on show during the fortnight prior to Christmas, and New Year's Eve usually features spectacular celebrations towards midnight including traditional New Year fireworks displays.

    December events in Paphos

    Culture

    Winter Holiday Lights

    1st December 2019 to 31st December 2019

    All throughout the month of December, lights and decorations are put up around Paphos -- at homes, Kennedy Square, and the Roundabout area near Paphos General Hospital. A time will be set when all the official lights will be turned on. On other nights, the Cyprus Police Band will perform in the park in Paphos Old Town.

    Religious

    Christmas Eve

    24th December 2019

    Annual Christmas celebration at Markideio Theatre in Paphos. Entertainment consists of holiday music and more. Some locals may attend midnight mass at the church.

    Christmas Day

    25th December 2019

    Church services, time to spend with family and friends. Also, there is musical entertainment provided by the Band of the Municipality of Paphos performing Christmas songs.

    Public Holidays

    New Year's Eve

    31st December 2019

    In the Town Hall Square, the Municipality of Paphos annually organizes a New Year's Eve celebration, including a countdown to the new year. Many of the area bars and restaurants host New Year's Eve parties.

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