It’s Carnival Season
It’s March, my favourite time of the year, it’s spring but don’t blink coz it’ll be summer before you know it, oh and especially coz its Carnival Season starting on 28th February and culminating with Green Monday on the 11th March and you’ll find Rio Style Carnival parades in all the big cities on Sunday 10th, Limassol leading the way with the biggest, but in Ammochostos it’s getting better every year, Larnaca absolutely brilliant, the Capital Nicosia spectacular and I’m hearing this year’s carnival in Paphos is gonna be awesome, oh and of course Spring is in the air, the blossoms are out, aromas everywhere and everything is sooooo green … I just love it !
We’ve had so much rain, it’s mad, so can’t be long now before we won’t see it again ‘til October, bring it on!!! … Naturally, it’s green everywhere, all the citrus trees are blossoming, Lemons everywhere, flowers galore, the mixtures of aromas are just delectable, even better there’s still fresh wild asparagus in season, and strawberries … oh, the days are getting longer and warmer, I can almost spread my butter in the morning and ho hum, here comes Summer!!!
Carnival or Carnivore season of course signifies the start of Lent, so no meat for 49 days, starting on Green, or actually, Clean Monday aka Kathari Theftera, falling on 11th March … no chance here, I like my meat too much. To celebrate, the Cypriots all go out to the fields to light their BBQ’s with family and friends, on the menu; fresh fish, sea food, lots of fresh salads, fresh and dried fruit, breads, nuts and anything else not meat. They all get face painted, and fly kites and stuff, and btw don’t worry if you’ve not been invited, just go for a walk in any field on Monday 11th and you’ll probably get asked to join in, you know Cypriot hospitality n’all …
Any Shopaholics out there ?
You’ll should still catch a few of the Sales, crazy, coz many of them started in January this year, so better hurry and get out and find some bargains. It’s a good time to buy that last winter warmer, still needed at night in March. Leading the way in Fashion are Brouska or BrouskaBlue and Y2K in Napa as well as London Clothing Company, with shops all over Cyprus.
I love this time of the year, invigorating walks along stormy coastlines, and on those chilly nights, most bars and restaurants have homely, warming open wood fires, or those awesome gas heaters. Many have some wicked DJ’s mixing to mostly locals and a few tourists and long stayers … others put on live music every weekend, like O’Neill’s Irish Bar in Paphos and Savino Live in Larnaca oh don’t miss their Carnival Party on Sunday 10th it’s always awesome, Koursaros Rock Bar in Protaras and Hustlers Rock Club in Limassol who have regular gigs throughout the winter…
It’s spring but there’s so much to do if you look around, Cyprus is so versatile, you’ll probably still be able to ski and snowboard up in the Troodos Mountains in the morning and swim in the med in the afternoon and the air is really clear, so you’ll still get a fab tan! It’s a great time to go touring and there’s plenty to see. The Troodos mountains in their element at this time of the year and currently covered in snow! Check out our Safari choices …
I have to say I can’t remember a winter of so much building, it’s exciting, driving around, places being knocked down and rebuilt, more rooms, extra floors on hotels, new hotels, new fascia, new lights, new bars, a few changing hands, maybe even one or two new beach bars and clubs … things are looking good!
Excited or what?
btw, I’m really excited because we launched the new App a year ago and it’s free to download on Play Store … our launch on iOS is really close with a new crew from UberDigit in Nicosia in the creation and btw you’re gonna absolutely love it …
With all these festivals and carnivals happening, and Easter coming in April, there’s an obvious sign that places are looking to open early this season to welcome the ever increasing early season visitors promised by many tour operators, of course adding to the locals who are still in ‘off season’ party mode, gotta feeling this is gonna be a great month!!!
Looks like the evident increase of the British, Scandi, French, Italian, Lebanese, Israeli, German, Russian and the rest of European markets will continue with an upward trend 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 years ever!
We’re hearing some huge names being booked for this season and if the rumours I’m getting are true, Ayia Napa might challenge for the Club Capital of Europe again this season … Club Black ‘N’ White as usual opening first, holding their Soft Opening on Friday 1st March, Carwash Disco still the best night out in Napa is opening on 12th April and then probably the best club in Cyprus Castle Club, the awesome Club Ice, the only after party Club Aqua will provide party til sunrise and then there’s Ammos in Larnaca, Guaba Beach Bar in Limassol, Zoo Club in Nicosia, Vibes Club in Paphos, all smashing it these days, so get in your car and go check them out …
Our What’s On Cyprus facebook page has gone nuts … Everyone’s talking about us with weekly post engagement of over 20,000 people commenting, liking and sharing our stuff … oh might as well download the free App and follow us on twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube Channel, oh and please tag and share if you care … hmm 7 of the world’s top social media Apps all linked together … It’s Everything you need to know and … More!
Best Beaches in Europe
We’re now officially boasting the best beaches in Europe, hahaha … we were saying it years ago, as one travel site never included us at all … now, somehow we have 25 top beaches in Europe, a couple up there with the best in the world, but guys lets face it, you really can’t beat our seas, especially up on the South-East coast …
Getting all cultural
The repercussions of Paphos’ stint as The Capital of Culture for Europe in 2017, looks like it’s awoken the world of culture in Cyprus. It’s lovely to see the trend continuing … btw, you can enjoy it in over 330 days sunshine a year because we also have the best climate in the world and we’re one of the safest places in world, and well, we’ve got good reason to love it, oh and btw they’ve been partying here since the Gods invented party some 12,600 years ago! For More culture follow this link
I wanna go !
Here’s a few of the things happening this month I might just catch you at …
The grand opening of Bronx in Napa and while you’re in town the Soft Opening of Club Black ‘N’ White is a must …
I want to wish a big good luck to Carole and the first stall holders and crafters launching a new monthly, indoor, Famagusta Arts & Crafts Fayre at a wonderful venue, H’ Omorfi Kalagraia Tavern on the Dherynia to Sotira Road …
The fabulous Monthly Art & Craft Fayre’s celebrate their first year at Restolake Restaurant in Oroklini … and on that note; Check out Duck Pond Market in Paphos on Wednesdays and Sundays and Ayia Thekla Market on Wednesdays in Napa … oh and the brilliant Flea Market in Nicosia on Saturday’s and Sundays …
Is Women’s Day, so you’ll find lots of events, parties and club nights all over Cyprus … Some will be celebrating Women’s Day with live music and an all you can eat Buffet or as usual check out that crazy party down at Blue Spice …
Saturday 2 & 9th
Looking for some live music with The massive Cashiers on Saturday 2nd and Minus One are back the following carnival weekend on 9th … at Savino Live in Larnaca
If it’s your first time here, what took you so long?, and if you’ve been here before, welcome back!, I’ll let you into a little secret, 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 ! …
Na da Boumen!
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