|Cyprus Winter Season
The winter season in Cyprus is relatively short. It runs from the end of November through to March, and is characterised by alternating periods of dry sunny weather and wet windy weather. The wet & windy weather never lasts long, December and January being the wettest months of the winter, yet they only average 17 wet days between them.
Cyprus's southerly latitude and proximity to the sea ensures that wintertime temperatures are never that cool. Maximum temperatures during the depths of winter average 16°c - 18°c, which is the equivalent of a late spring day in Britain. Night-time temperatures don't drop too far either. There are never any problems with frost, ice or snow in low lying and coastal areas of Cyprus. See average temperatures in Cyprus.
In the Troodos Mountains, winter is a different story. The temperature regularly falls below freezing near the mountaintops, and it is cold enough for snow to fall between December and March. Winter sports can be enjoyed on Mount Olympus - the highest peak in Cyprus - the best time for skiing being in February. In fact, Cyprus is one of only a few places in the world where you can go skiing in the morning, and then an hour later be lying on the beach topping up your sun tan!
For those who would prefer to give the Cypriot ski slopes a miss, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy. Hiking, horse riding and discovering Cyprus's rich archaeological treasures are all popular winter activities. When it rains there are plenty of museums, shopping centres and galleries to keep visitors occupied. For sports enthusiasts there are indoor tennis courts, snooker/pool halls and indoor badminton courts to use when it is wet outside.