Cyprus in March 2024: is it worth going on a seaside holiday? Weather, sea temperature, is it possible to swim, prices in hotels and on excursions, do you need to rent a car? Which resort to choose, what to do in Cyprus in early and late March: in Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa with or without kids – in a detailed review of good Time for Trip.
The opportunity to be near the warm sea, to hear the rustling of the waves, to inhale the fresh salty aroma commands the consciousness if not of every first traveler, then of the second one. For sure!
And when it comes to such a body of water as the Mediterranean Sea, and such an island as Cyprus, reflexes come into play. And stereotyped phrases like “buy tickets”, “book a hotel” or “what to bring with you necessarily” pop up in everyone’s (already) mind.
To fuss in such a way is obviously doesn’t seem right. But avoiding that after a (usually) cold and gloomy winter, when in front of you opens up the prospect to leave where it’s warm, is really difficult.
Moreover, in the same March, Cyprus looks very optimistic – in fact – it becomes a warm, sunny, blooming, spring-welcoming place.
Together with it, begins to flourish anyone who sees such a clear smile of nature. And if any Cypriot can still put on a calm look, then the inhabitants of Canada or the North of the USA, the British and Germans, fallen into the atmosphere of March Cyprus, themselves blossom like flowers.
Especially if in the short term you have a few days of a completely serene existence in the bright sun? When there are waiting for you incredible sights of Cyprus?
All those magnificent mosaics in Paphos, the freshly painted Kykkos mountain monastery, the deserted beaches of Ayia Napa and the quaint arches of Cape Greco? So bright, as if they are illuminated by the turquoise of the sea that begins to wake up after the winter?
However, in order to prepare for the trip, it is better to get acquainted with the facts first. Precisely imagine what to do after arriving on the island and develop a reasonable excursion route.
Like “staking out” a place in a decent but pretty inexpensive hotel. And, perhaps, in advance to rent a car in Cyprus – this is not a luxury, but a necessity. Allowing you to organize a particularly emotional and impressive holidays.
Weather in Cyprus in March
In the last decade, it has managed to earn a lot of laudatory reviews. Moreover, it seems that there are no negative ones at all – those who were traveling at that time knew what to expect.
First of all, any foreign traveler aimed at sightseeing tour around the island. And then – on a cruise along the coast – no one seems to hope to swim in the sea at this time. And why – if there are enough hotels with heated pools on the island?
As well – although Cyprus is not very hot in March, only those who rely on almost tropical weather conditions will complain about the cold. Such citizens are obviously a minority.
From the very beginning of March the whole Cyprus enjoys modest by local standards, but chic according to tourists from more northern countries, +17-19 °C (62.6-66.2 °F). Almost everywhere!
No matter which of the top resorts in Cyprus you go to in March: to Larnaca or Ayia Napa, Protaras or Paphos, the weather will persistently provoke you to undress to a T-shirt.
The south coast is usually the warmest in the island, while the west and east ones can be a degree colder. In Nicosia, up to + 15-16 °C (59-60.8 °F), in mountain villages and Troodos monasteries at this time you shouldn’t appear without a jacket outside the hotel hall.
Because there is still a lot of snow high in the mountains at this time. And if to go somewhere in the local mountains, you would regret that didn’t bring winter boots.
At night, up to the middle of the month, it is not higher than +14-15 °C (57.2-59 °F) – on the local seashore. And sometimes even less – lovers of walking in the evenings need to dress accordingly.
In the third decade of March, the air temperature in Cyprus during the day sometimes successfully crosses over +20 °C (68 °F). But it’s not always stop there and goes up.
Though, 2023, for example, turned out to be quite standard in this respect. And the thermometers only a couple of times showed anything above +20 °C (68 °F).
If we consider for several years, then the average daily temperatures in Cyprus at the end of March are encouraging: + 21-22 °C (69.8-71.6 °F). And if you dig into more older meteorological statistics, they became to look incredibly – from +23 °C (73.4 °F) and above.
- Actual Weather Forecast for Cyprus – weather.cyi.ac.cy/en/
Rainfall and Sunshine
At the same time, it rarely rains – it can drip from the sky for 2-3 days for the entire month. And the long-term average rainfall in the region of about 30-40 mm for the whole of March makes one doubt that they can have a negative impact on holidays.
The sun rises from 6.15 am and before. And it comes around 18. The duration of the day is about 12 hours.
Clear days in the obvious majority – up to 18-20 per month. But cloudy weather here is unlikely to greatly affect excursion activity …
throughout the whole month doesn’t provoke swimming. Indeed, in March, the sea off the coast of Cyprus almost never warms up above +19 °C (66.2 °F). And you can only count on this in shallow water in Protaras or Ayia Napa.
A few people will go inside in the sea of such a degree of warmness. Therefore, the majority of vacationers prefer to swim in a heated water. Moreover, there are enough hotels with swimming pools in Cyprus.
Suppose you decide to stay in Ayia Napa – after all, this is the most popular beach resort in Cyprus. Having calculated that it is from here it’s easiest to organize a route of active movements around the island.
In this case, for only 35 € for two, you can subscribe to very good Myriama Apartments, 250 meters from the coastline. The reviews praise the location of the hotel and the friendliness of the owners. And also emphasize that the room has everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Slightly more expensive, but also won’t ruin even a budget traveler River View Boutique Apts. After all, it asks for less then 40 € per day of placement and flaunts a high user rating (8.8).
About 50 € for a deluxe room asks Zoi Ayia Napa. In return, offering its guests the hospitality of the owners and the heated pool.
If you choose Larnaca, you will have to pay for a week’s stay a bit more – take a look at Marina’s Rooms Xrisopolitissa Larnaca.
But Limassol, on the contrary, at the beginning of spring looks like a model of democracy. And you can book a room in local hotels , even if they are located near the coast, with an amount of about 35 € per day .
Paphos, which someone considers the most expensive resort on the island, also allows you not to go broke on hotels. For less than 40 € per day, you will find decent options. Located, by the way, very close to the Archaeological Park.
What to Do in Cyprus in March
Since you can’t count on beach activities in March, you need to pay attention to other attractions in Cyprus. To visit top of them, it is useful to make a rational travel plan in advance.
Yes, you definitely need to rent a car – otherwise you simply won’t understand why you came here at the beginning of spring. And the cheapest way is to do it immediately upon arrival – you have to pay extra for delivering the car to the right address.
There is nothing particularly dangerous about driving in Cyprus – you adapt quickly to left-hand traffic (like in the UK or Australia). And some people don’t even have to retrain at all.)
Traffic during non-tourist times is weak until it disappears completely. And the distances on the island are small – from Larnaca to Paphos, only 130 km along the highway.
At the same time, it should be understood that it is unlikely that it will be possible to see all the interesting places in Cyprus during even a week-long vacation. If only because some of the days will have to be allocated for rest from trips.
Paphos in March
One way or another, the local Archaeological Park should be on the “must visit” list. First of all, because of the magnificent mosaics of the ancient Roman period preserved there.
In the same itinerary, you can include a visit to the beach in Coral Bay, the rocky gorge of Avakas, Lara Beach and the Akamas Peninsula with the Blue Lagoon. Not everyone will dare to swim in turquoise water even at the end of March. But you are guaranteed to enjoy your visit.
The distance from Paphos is about 65 km, it will fit in a day – really. Although the Akamas National Park itself is worthy of a separate visit.
The richest monastery in Cyprus, Kykkos, is best left for another day. Since it is 75 kilometers from Paphos to it, and already 125 from Larnaca!
The final section of the road to Kykkos will tire even an experienced driver. After all, this is a continuous mountain serpentine, which is best overcome at low speed.
The mountain villages of Pedoulas, Mutullas and Kakopetria easily fit into the same route. And we assure you that visiting only this trinity will overwhelm you with impressions.
The “Stone of Aphrodite” or Petra tou Romiou on the south coast is worth seeingat least on the way from Larnaca to Paphos or back. Equally, attention should be paid to the ruins of Kourion and Amathus.
you need to visit the museum in the city castle, which remembers the times of Richard the Lionheart! By the way, it was here that the almost legendary monarch married the Navarrese princess Berengaria. The only Queen of England in history who never set foot on her soil.
Not far from the harbor of Limassol, the sunken ferry Zenobia rests in the sea. It has become a real Mecca even for experienced divers.
The main attraction of Larnaca is the Church of St. Lazarus. And yet – the seaside boulevard Funikoudes.
Whether to go to Nicosia – everyone decides for himself. In any case, wander around the old quarter of Laiki Githonia is better in fresh March than in summer. When temperatures sometimes cross the +40-degree mark.
Cape Greco next to Ayia Napa and its own Blue Lagoon is a must visit. After all, this place is not only beautiful, but even charismatic. And your photos against the backdrop of local bizarre arches, or – even better – on the Bridge of Lovers – will surely become an adornment of the family archive.
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