September marks the new academic year in most European countries. Cyprus is no exception. Schools open again on or around September 5th or a little later, and ‘high season’ for tourists comes to an end. You may get a very good deal on flights and hotels when coming to Cyprus in September, if you search around.
The weather is usually still hot during the first part of September. This has the advantage that it’s ideal weather for the beach. The water is still warm enough to bathe, or swim. Yet it is no longer as crowded by families as it is during July and August. Towards the middle of the month, the humidity usually drops gradually. Then, by the end of September the locals are feeling comfortable again. We stop using air conditioning even at night. Many people put away their shorts and tee-shirts, and change them for 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 near the beaches or other tourist areas. 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 in September too. Cyprus has many open-air sites, usually at reasonable prices. Most of them have websites where you can check opening hours and other details. Remember that the sun can still be hot in the middle of the day, however. It is best to wear sunscreen if you are out between about ten in the morning and four in the afternoon. This is particularly important for babies and toddlers.
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 2017 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. 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 takes place each year on the first weekend of September. The website for the Aphrodite Festival is available online. Tickets are very expensive, up to 70 euros each for the best seats. You need to book them in advance. Note that children under the age of seven are not allowed to be present.