March 2016

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It’s March, my favourite month! … mainly coz it’s spring, you know like a really good British summer 😉 … I just love this time of the year, it’s green everywhere, all the flowers are out, all the orange trees are blossoming, the mixtures of aromas are just delectable, there’s fresh wild asparagus in season, and it’s strawberry season, ohh … and it’s Carnival Season, and the days are getting longer and warmer … ho hum, here comes summer !!!

Kicking off this month …
The 2nd Ayia Napa Street Art Festival
1st ’til 10th March
It’s great to see Paparazzi and the Mayor of Ayia Napa Municipality, hosting the 2nd Cultural Street Art Festival … Paparazzi promises that you’ll see some of the world’s top street artists in action around the city … Can’t wait to get some more cool shots … for more info; www.facebook.com/ayianapastreetartfestival/?fref=ts

Cyprus Marathon
Sunday 6th March
The Cyprus Marathon and Half Marathon take place in Paphos … go and give these awesome runners your support … for more info check out their fb page www.facebook.com/CyprusMarathonOfficial … Oh, and look out, there’s several after parties arranged around Cyprus for the runners, ha ha, but more the non runners … hic!

Carnivals
It’s carnival season on the weekend of 12th March … Every major city and many villages will put on parades, events and parties … Check out the Limassol Carnival, not quite Rio but its getting bigger every year, so too Larnaca, Nicosia, Paphos and at last the Ammohostos Carnival in Paralimni …

Green Monday
Monday 14th March,
Also know as Clean Monday, it’s the start of lent on the Greek Orthodox calendar, when everyone goes to the fields to mix with nature and stop eating meat for 49 days, no probs we’ll eat fish 😉 … if you haven’t been invited anywhere just go out for a stroll, someone is bound to welcome you to join them …

Starting the Season Early ?
With all these carnivals, festivals and parties happening, there’s an evident sign that many places are planning to open early this season to welcome the ever increasing visitors promised by many tour operators, of course added to the locals in party mode this should be a great month … especially as …

Christian Easter is Sunday 27th March
5 weeks earlier than our Orthodox Easter on Sunday 1st May, the biggest event on the Cypriot religious calendar, this year clashing with Labour Day … Naturally we’ll see a massive influx of visitors … Hmm, the overlap, should kick the season off bigger and better than ever …

If things go the way I think, we’ll start busy, and stay busy and with the evident increase of the British, Scandi, German and European markets this year … and I hear commercial flights into Cyprus are increasing and getting more economical … I think the momentum should just keep going and it’s gonna be one of the best year ever !

Renovations
It’s exciting, driving around, I’m seeing all the renovations well underway, places being knocked down and rebuilt, new fascia, new lights, new bars and a few changing hands, maybe even one or two new beach bars and clubs … things are looking good !

Top Names
It’s about now we’ll start hearing of top names being booked for this season and if the rumours I’m getting are true, Ayia Napa will be heading back to re-claim its title of Club Capital of Europe this season … Napa’s Castle Club, Black ‘N’ White, Club Ice, leading the way, Club Aqua and River Reggae providing the after parties and Carwash Disco still the best night out celebrating 21 years this season, and then there’s Club Deep in Larnaca, Guaba Beach Bar in Limassol, Zoo Club in Nicosia, Touch Club in Paphos, all smashing it these days, so get in your car and go check them out …

Facebook
Our What’s On Cyprus facebook page has gone nuts … weekly post reaches of over 65,000 people … over 5,000 people liking and sharing, just take a look at the support we are giving our App recommendations … www.facebook.com/whatsoncyprus … and while you’re at it check out the photo albums … oh might as well download the free App and follow us on twitter and Instagram and please tag and share if you dare …

More Cultural
There’s many more exhibitions, theatres and cultural events of which most of them are published by the Cyprus Tourism Office, for more info … www.visitcyprus.com/wps/portal//events …

Finally, if it’s your first time here, why? and if you’ve been here before, welcome back !, one day you’ll probably move here … oh, and if i can give you one tip … make sure you do at least one thing you’ve never done before ! …
by Tony Dynamou

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