September marks the new academic year in most European countries; Cyprus is no exception. Schools open again on around September 5th or a little later, and ‘high season’ for tourists comes to an end. This is the time of year when you may get a very good deal on flights and hotels, if you search around.
The weather is usually still hot during the first part of September, but this has the advantage that it’s ideal for the beach, with water warm enough to bathe, yet without being crowded by families as it is during July and August. Towards the middle of the month, the humidity drops and by the end of September the locals are feeling comfortable again, turning off their air conditioning and even getting out long trousers and sweatshirts.
After the virtual close-down of many businesses and small shops during August, everything comes to life again during September in Cyprus. There may be festivals, drama performances, art and music – your local tourist information office should be able to let you have the latest details of what you can see, if you want a bit of culture. Museums and historic sites will be open too.
Festivals in Cyprus during September
Limassol Wine Festival – Whether or not you drink wine, you may want to observe or take part in some of the events organised for this festival; in 2014 it took place during the first week of the month, but it varies from year to year. You can find out about its history and what happens at the Wine Festival site, and each year’s dates are announced a few months in advance. Do check details with your hotel or tourist information office before travelling any distance for this festival.
Paphos Aphrodite Festival – This is a cultural event, which in 2015 will take place on September 4th-6th. The website for the Aphrodite Festival is available online; tickets are very expensive, up to 70 euros each for the best seats; they need to be booked in advance.