December 2016

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December 2016
It’s December, my favourite month … mainly because we can ski in the Troodos mountains in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon, don’t you just love Cyprus . oh, and because it’s Christmas and of course I’ve been a really good boy and that means Father Christmas will bring me lots of prezzies … come to think of it, I’m not quite sure how we made it through Wine Month … Hic !

OMG !!! 2016 went really quick, or is it just me ? … but hey, before it goes completely, it’s time for work’s parties, Christmas parties, New Year parties and fancy dress parties and lots of Christmas fayres, festivals, live gigs and naturally we’ll all be getting together with family and friends, to eat too much, drink to much, and with a bit of luck enjoy a little sex on the beach ? … calm down, it’s only a cock tale 😉

Passion
You know, I have a passion for Cyprus, photography and creative writing .. put them all together and I love my job, doing exactly what I came here to do in 1993 … but now it’s all on line, on 6 major social media platforms .. So, we can help you find out what’s on, where it’s on, when it’s on, where to go shopping and of course what to buy me for Christmas …

The new What’s On web site is looking well cool with almost 6 gigs of info including thousands of photos …

The App
Is free download, it’s about to be redesigned and will soon be totally responsive and dynamic it already has over 300 pages of easy to find info, and both boast Google Maps … and although some of our recommendations are closed for the winter there’s still things to do to pass away times of leisure and pleasure, so don’t let me hear anyone say there’s nowhere to go or nothing to do …

For starters, visit one of our fine harbours, in every major coastal city, with a few boat trips, fishing trips and friendly fish taverns that’ll even cook your catch for you … there’s enough bars open to get sloshed in and even more restaurants providing that home from home feeling around an open fire, maybe a little live music . but remember Cypriots live for the table and be warned, in the festive season you’ll probably put on a few kilos …

Everyone has finally discovered Cyprus has the best climate in the world, so more and more visitors are coming in the winter months, including an ever increasing amount of sports teams, making the most of their out of season retreat from the winter snow . makes sense … so look out for a little more happening everywhere ..

Into Hashing ?
It’s a great time to see Cyprus on foot … so if you are into walking, check out Cyprus Walks Etc

Here’s a few things happening I’d love to get to this month ...

Ayia Napa
Every Thursday go check out Bousouki Music at the Town Hall from 8 pm … The wonderful ongoing Sculpture exhibition or just get into their Christmas Fairy Tale Stories from 3rd December through 6th January … The awesome Black & Wight Club will keep Napa Urban every weekend and all over Christmas and the New Year …

Saturday 10th December
Ayia Napa Race
International Races of 1km, 5km, 10km … Registration starts at 2 pm from Ayia Napa’s Harbour … More … Tel: 0035799411411

Larnaca
aka the hub of Cyprus, there’s a delectable palm tree avenue promenade, it’s a hive of activity day and night and there’s lots to do for kids and grown ups . why not catch a band at Savino Live, or pop down to get a selfie with the Flamingos nestled in the Salt Lake for the winter … You must go to the switching on of the lights on 3rd and Christmas Bazaar on the front on Sunday 4th … Club Deep with an awesome revamp will be the centre of the promenade as usual in the winter !

Limassol
Is our Cosmopolitan Capital on the coast, boasting a beautiful new marina and lots of old renovated buildings that have become even more styli bars, cosy eateries and a cultural shopper’s paradise and right in the heart of old town in the Carob Mills in the Castle area of old town are a delight by day or night …

Sunday 11th December
Go and see the award winning Cinema performance of ‘War Horse’ at the Rialto TheatreMore  …

Sunday 11th December
3rd Christmas Charity Rally
The Cyprus Historic and Classic Vehicles Club present for third consecutive year the Christmas Touring Rally … More …  or Tel: 0035770009000 or facebook

Nicosia
The Capital comes into it’s element in the winter as over 250,000 population stay near home and party like no others … a massive selection bars, pubs, nightclubs, style cafes and eateries of every cuisine imaginable and of course the best Christmas shopping in Cyprus … here’s a couple of events I’ve picked out of many …

Thursday, December 01, 2016 ’til Saturday, January 07, 2017
Nicosia Pop-up Festival 2016
For a third year, Nicosia Municipality has organised ‘The Pop-up Festival’ in Makarios Avenue, in the main shopping road artery of the capital, young entrepreneurs and creators, artists and craftsmen and more importantly new start ups will will present their ideas and services …

Every Saturday & Sunday until Christmas
My Snowman
It’s a musical performance, with full live 5 piece orchestra, and over 15 original songs, this should be awesome … it’s at Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia .. More … Tel 0035722797650

Friday 2nd December
Havana Noche Live
A six piece band will excite you with their energy, enthusiasm and the passion of Latin American Music … original Cuban music like, Son Cubano, Salsa, Cha cha cha and more . it’s at Central Stage, 31 Stasinou Avenue and Theokritou Corner, Nicosia . Check out their facebook page … More … Tel. 0035799110079

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th December
Christmas Village at Pavilion
The Pavilion in Nicosia gets us in a festive mood for the second consecutive year .. Creating a beautifully decorated village, doubling up as a Christmas Fayre like no other … make it a magical Christmas for the little’ns in fact the whole family . Entrance € 3 and free for kids . More … Tel: 0035722322222

Paphos
as always has a year round lifestyle, there’s almost 100,000 residents and most tour operators guide our few holiday makers and long stay winter visitors there … Live music every weekend in several bars but do check out the Jive Night at The Crazy Spoon on Coral Bay Road on Monday Nights . More … Tel: 0035799266759 … There’s a few cool cruises including the magnificent Wave Dancer sailing from the harbour . so you cant really go wrong up on the west coast …

Learn to Dive
Why not learn to Scuba Dive, as the water temperature rarely drops below 15 C degrees and the dive schools can spend a little more time with you individually, its a great opportunity to get your Open Water Course qualification … we have top diving schools in our Adventure Sports section …

Check out our facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter … We love to receive your comments, ideas, events, and stories, so please keep them coming … for more cultural and seasonal events go to www.visitcyprus.com

And please don’t forget to tell them you saw it in What’s On !

Finally, I’d just like to give a big seasons greetings to all our friends, family, but mainly sponsors who help make this Network possible … Oh, If you’re in business why not call Tony for an info pack, Tel: 0035799627791 or e-mail us on tony@whatsoncy.com

And really finally, if I can give you one tip for December … Make sure you do at least one thing you’ve never done before …
Na da boumen !
Tony Dynamou

Cover; Pixabay.com

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