Sunset at Agios Georgios, Paphos District, Cyprus, 20 March 2009

There’s an old saying, ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’.  Very true in Cyprus!

In 2009, March has been a very wet month.  Water shortage?  Maybe not now! 

Our local dam – the Mavrokolympos Dam in Pegeia – actually overflowed at the end of the month. 

The authorities are still being guarded, but it seems pretty unlikely last summer’s water shortages will be repeated this summer.

Temperature wise, the month started chilly, ended warm.  Average maximum temperature was a pleasant 21 degrees C, whilst the average minimum temperature was an equally bearable 12 degrees C.  Take a jumper with you in the evening!

The countryside has become totally beautiful.  Whilst the hillsides came alive in February, it was mainly with yellow flowers.  In March, all the other colours came into play too, making the countryside a vibrant palette of swathes of colour.

The other change is the slumbering island has started to awake to this year’s onslaught of tourists and holidaymakers.  Whilst they’re still not here yet in force, they’re beginning to arrive again.  At the beginning of March, Tombs of the Kings Road in Paphos was a ghost town.  By the end of the month, it was pretty much all open again and welcoming this year’s arrivals.

The big event in Cyprus this month has been the FxPro Cyprus Rally – one of the rounds of the World Rally Championship.  The hills of Paphos Forest and the Troodos Mountains reverberated to the sounds of high performance cars roaring along the narrow, twisting tracks. 

Great fun to watch, check out our pictures of the FxPro Cyprus Rally.

Cyprus is beautiful all year round.  Carry an umbrella, and March is one of the best months to visit.

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