This Mediterranean Destination Is Great For A Winter Island Getaway

Ready to trade the cold winter weather for a warm island escape? You're not alone. Plenty of us are more than happy to leave rain boots and parkas behind as we jet off to sandy beaches with beautiful ocean views. And while there are many warm-weather destinations worth traveling to, one Mediterranean destination is particularly perfect for soaking in the sunshine this winter.

Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea near Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon, is known for its big beaches, hiking trails, archaeological sites, and great wines. The island's geographic location gifts visitors and locals alike with some of the hottest weather in Europe. And while the island's winter weather is far from the summer heat, Cyprus does offer warm temperatures year-round. In fact, with 300 days a year of sunshine, Cyprus has some of the best weather in the world. Winter temperatures in Cyprus average in the low to mid-60s, which feels quite warm from the comfort of a sunny coastal beach, at least during the day. Evening temperatures do drop at night, so make sure to pack plenty of light layers. For travelers looking to escape the snow, rain, and slush of winter, Cypress just might be the answer. This European island nation is a great spot for your next beach vacation, no matter the time of year.

Things to do in Cypress in winter

In addition to mild temperatures, Cyprus in winter offers crowd-free beaches. The shoreline is perfect for stretching out in the sand or going for a stroll. The ocean may not be warm enough for most to take a dip but a better alternative may be nearby — jumping into a likely warmer hotel pool.

Winter in Cyprus is also a great time of year for hiking. The weather isn't too hot, and there is so much to explore. The mountains offer archaeological sites, ancient churches, and spectacular views from summits. Some popular hikes include the Agioi Anargyroi Trail and the Adonis Nature Trail. The former is located on Cape Gkreko in the National Forest Park and is roughly 3 miles. Start at Konnos Beach, between Protaras and Cape Gkreko. Since the start of the trek runs alongside the shoreline, hikers get gorgeous water views. Expect to see the Agioi Anargyroi Church, built above a sea cave, and the rock arch Kamara tou Koraka bridge. The latter, the Adonis Nature Trail, is a 4.5-mile loop that starts near the Baths of Aphrodite and heads northwest through plenty of flora. It also offers beautiful beach views.

One of the most unique things to do in Cyprus in winter is travel to the salt lakes to see pink flamingoes. It's spectacular to see the thousands that arrive in Cyprus between November and March. The birds like the island's humidity levels as well as the plankton and shrimp they find in the water.

Where to stay in Cypress

Cyprus offers many unique accommodations, some of which may be cheaper outside of the peak summer season. For true luxury, try Anassa Hotel (starting at around $500 per night). The white buildings pop against the bright blue Mediterranean Sea. This elegant hotel offers chic rooms, flavorful cuisine, a world-class spa, pottery classes, a kids' club, and babysitting services. Many residences and suites include private pools as well. Alternative luxury accommodations include the Elysium Hotel (starting at $162 per night). This hotel's amenities make it ideal for all seasons, including winter. It's got a private beach, a big and beautiful outdoor pool (as well as an indoor pool), tennis courts, a sunset terrace for relaxing, and a fireplace lounge terrace for warming up on winter nights with a glass of local wine.

For tourists looking for a village stay, try Apokryfo Traditional Guesthouse (starting at $180 per night). It's a hidden and secluded hotel comprised of refurbished stone houses nestled in the foothills. There's an onsite spa, a library (with board games), and a cozy fireplace. Plus, hotel staff can provide walking guides so visitors can make the most of visiting Lofou village and the surrounding area.