Cyprus in September
Enjoying almost 360 days of sunshine every year, it is unsurprising that Cyprus is often referred to as the ‘the jewel of the Mediterranean’. One of the most popular holiday destinations for tourists from all over the world, the island’s stunning scenery features beaches, mountains and forests, with both rural towns and vibrant, modern cities scattered across its regions.
Situated between the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus was a much sought-after destination for conquerors in the past and has a rich history of inhabitants. The North of the country is now under Turkish occupation owing to a complicated political past, and the Greek-Cypriot Republic of Cyprus covers the remaining two-thirds of the island with a multilingual population of just over a million.
Cyprus is steeped in history and culture, including being home to the mythical birthplace of the Ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. Archaeological ruins and historic sites can be found across the island, including castles, tombs, theatres and the remains of ancient cities alongside modern civilisation.
The island has remained mainly untouched by industrialisation, and its Mediterranean climate has allowed for the environment to flourish. A huge amount of wildlife can be found across Cyprus from marine life to exotic birds, and the fertile soil in particular has made the country famous for its plentiful vineyards and their product.
Historically the Cypriots have always been known for their warm and generous hospitality, which is reflected in the island’s popularity with travellers and holidaymakers. The variety of attractions in Cyprus make it a superb location for any visitor, and September is a perfect time to plan a stay.
Cyprus in September
The Mediterranean climate in Cyprus makes it an ideal villa holiday destination, and September is a particularly good time to visit and make the most of the warmth whilst avoiding uncomfortably high temperatures, especially if you are staying in one of the beautiful Cyprus villas with friends or family. Taking a trip at the beginning of Autumn will also mean the island is less swamped with tourists than the busy summer months, allowing for a more relaxed stay and better opportunity to appreciate its beauty.
Cyprus Weather in September
September weather in Cyprus remains as sunny as the summer months, but with slightly lower and more bearable temperatures that start to drop as October approaches. The highest average temperature in September is 34°C inland, 29°C on the west coast and 31°C on the south-east coast, whilst the mountain regions of the island are much cooler, with an average temperature of 24°C.
The warm water temperatures in Cyprus are famous and remain up to 26°C in September, meaning that you can still enjoy swimming in the sea at any of the island’s spectacular beaches.
Evening temperatures in September are lower but still very pleasant, averaging around 19°C – 21°C.
September Festivals and Events in Cyprus
Paphos Aphrodite Festival
Often taking place across the first weekend of September, the Paphos Aphrodite Festival is an event that showcases operatic productions by world-famous companies, in the UNESCO World Heritage site town of Paphos. Performances are open-air, with the medieval castle near to the town’s harbour acting as a dramatic backdrop for the three evening shows that take place during the festival.
Organised for the first time in 1999, the aim of the Paphos Aphrodite Festival was to put the city on the map as a centre of cultural events and contribute to Cyprus’ promotion as a cultural and tourist destination. The festival is now a significant event on the island, merging historic surroundings with classic performances of operas that attract a large audience.
Limassol Wine Festival
The biggest event in Cyprus in September is the annual Limassol Wine Festival, which is held from the end of August to the start of September in the Southern coastal town of Limassol. Cyprus has a history of wine production that can be traced all the way back to 800BC, and the region of Limassol is particularly famous for its vineyards and wineries, earning it the title ‘City of Vine and Wine’.
The festival was first held in 1961 as a celebration of the country gaining independence, but also echoes the ancient traditions of island locals, who would worship and celebrate the gods by drinking and dancing. Whilst Cyprus has strong ties to the goddess Aphrodite, the festival is primarily dedicated to Dionysus; the ancient Greek god of wine and madness.
A small entrance fee grants you access to the festival, which takes place in the Limassol Municipal Gardens on the seafront. This fee covers the chance to sample an unlimited amount of wine from the island’s wineries with the compliments of the Limassol Municipality, and entertainment ranges from traditional Cypriot dancing and singing to theatrical performances and live music.
What to See and Do in Cyprus
Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, explore the landscape or take in some of the many historical sites in Cyprus, the island’s regions and cities offer a range of different attractions, and its small size means that you can experience as much as possible during your stay.
Paphos is a coastal town combining historical sites with contemporary tourist resorts and is one of the most popular areas of Cyprus to stay and explore. After being named European Capital of Culture in 2017 a lot of the town was renovated and redeveloped, but the ancient ruins and stunning countryside remain untouched. Visiting in September will mean that all tourist attractions are still open, but that you can avoid the long queues and typically crowded areas, and really enjoy all that Paphos has to offer.
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
One of the best places to experience some of the town’s rich history is with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Archaeological park, whose preservation sparked the drive to protect all the town’s historic remains. The site features the mosaic floors of Roman Villas, a preserved amphitheatre, a medieval fortress and an early Christian Basilica.
Tomb of the Kings
Another World Heritage Site in Paphos is the famous necropolis known as the ‘Tombs of the Kings’, an underground set of preserved tombs that are not thought to be the burial site of any royalty but instead earned their title because of their grand appearance. Seven excavated tombs are available to visit with creation dates ranging from 3rd century BC to 4th century AD, each carved out of solid rock and elaborately decorated.
Within the Paphos district is the Akamas Peninsula, home to the Akamas National Park and one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty on the island. Hundreds of species of diverse wildlife inhabit this part of Cyprus and the area is perfect for hiking, with trails through the forests providing cool shade if you need some respite from the September sunshine.
One of the most popular places to visit in Akamas is its Blue Lagoon; a beautiful bay with crystal clear waters that tend to be warmer than anywhere else on the island. Perfect for swimming and snorkelling, the Blue Lagoon is a very secluded area that can only be reached by boat or four-wheel drive but is well worth a visit if you are in Akamas.
Baths of Aphrodite
This historical location was made famous by the claim that the goddess Aphrodite used to come to the cavern and bathe in its water, and that it was here she met her great love, Adonis. The surrounding area also features a botanical garden and hiking trials named after the two mythical figures, and an afternoon can be spent exploring and absorbing both ancient history and your beautiful surroundings.
A small town nearby to the Baths of Aphrodite, Poli Crysochous (Polis) is known for being a quiet and romantic place that will be particularly tranquil during a visit in September. The location is perfect to spend time simply relaxing by the sea, or there are a number of historical churches and an archaeological museum to explore.
The island’s second-largest city, Limassol is a modern and well-developed part of Cyprus on the south coast. If you are planning on attending its wine festival in the evening, the daytime can be spent wandering the palm tree-lined promenade along the seafront and taking in fantastic views of the ocean and nearby Limassol Marina. Rural Limassol can be explored in its surrounding countryside and famous vineyards, or there are a number of interesting cultural attractions to fill a day of sightseeing in the city centre.
The Kourion or Curium in Limassol is an archaeological site containing the remains of a city, though to be some of the most impressive ruins in the whole of Cyprus. This usually busy tourist spot is a lot quieter in September, meaning you can spend time appreciating the architecture undisturbed by crowds. Most worth a visit is the Kourion ancient amphitheatre, which is still occasionally used for music and theatrical performances.
In the centre of the city’s old town is Limassol Castle, originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt by the Ottomans in 1590 after sustaining damage from earthquakes and invasions. The location is steeped in varied history, with the building housing the Cyprus Medieval Museum and the castle’s chapel said to have been where Richard the Lionheart was married in 1191.
Another one of Cyprus’ large and modern cities is Larnaca, featuring a collection of beaches, restaurants and shops along the front, important Christian and Islamic religious sites, huge salt lakes and a surrounding landscape of rugged mountains.
Located high above the sea on a rocky peak is the Stavovouni Monastery, providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside on the journey up to the site. The monastery was founded by Saint Helen in 330. AD, and houses a piece of the Holy Cross which the building is dedicated to. Only men are allowed inside of the monastery, but the location and its spectacular environment still make it a worthwhile visit.
St Lazarus Church
One of the most impressive examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus, this church is named after Saint Lazarus, who is said to have come to the island after being resurrected by Jesus. It can still be very hot during the day in September, but visitors can escape the heat and spend some time looking around the church’s cool, stone interior and the underground tomb space where the saint is buried.
Ayia Napa in the east of Cyprus is famous for being a party town, with a vast range of clubs and bars making it a popular destination for young travellers. However, in September it is likely to have quietened down a bit and offers a great chance to experience some of the best beaches on the whole island without the usual hordes of summer visitors.
Makronissos Beach is actually a combination of three small bays extending in different directions, linked together by coastal paths and providing safe and sheltered beach spaces. Nearby to the beach is also one of Ayia Napa’s oldest sites; a set of Hellenic and Roman ancient tombs that provide a historical excursion from the beach.
Fig Tree Bay
Taking its name from the single fig tree which has been on the beach since the 17th century, Fig Tree Bay is a popular spot that is part of the tourist resort in Paralimni. As well as clear sea and golden sand, there are a host of beachside facilities including changing rooms and umbrellas, alongside kiosks and cafes providing food and drink.
Myth and legend have always been attached to the island of Cyprus, and it is easy to see why the goddess of beauty is said to have favoured such a specular location. This island is the perfect destination for any traveller wanting to experience a range of culture, sightseeing and exquisite natural surroundings, and September is an ideal time to enjoy the Mediterranean climate and warm welcome that every visitor receives during their stay.
Does it rain in Cyprus in September?
It might rain during your trip to Cyprus in September, but the chances are very low. Any rainfall is most likely to occur in the mountain region of the island, so if you are staying on the coast the weather is likely to be dry and warm for your entire trip.
Is Cyprus busy in September?
Events such as the Limassol Wine Festival at the beginning of the month may make certain areas of Cyprus busier, but in general, most places will be a little quieter than the peak holiday season. The later in the month you visit, the less busy the island is likely to be.