December 2019

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Good Boy
OMG! It’s December already, and just like we predicted we’re having an Indian summer and so we’ll probably still be down the beach ‘til Christmas, but by night, I think it’s time to get the quilt out?  This year seemed to go quick, tbh, I’m not quite sure how we made it through Wine Month, Hic!, anyway as I was saying; It’s December, I love it, mainly because it’s Christmas and of course I’ve been a really good boy and that means Santa will bring me lots of prezzies … but mostly coz by the end of December, we can ski in the Troodos mountains in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon, and that’s pretty cool …

Party Time
Oh, and if you think it’s quiet in December let’s not forget, it’s time for work’s parties, warm-up for Christmas Parties, Christmas parties, New Year parties and Fancy Dress parties and lots of Christmas markets, festivals, live gigs and naturally we’ll all be getting together with family and friends, to eat too much, drink too much, and with a bit of luck enjoy a little sex on the beach ? … calm down, it’s just a cock tale 😉

Winter Season
Everyone is finally discovering that Cyprus has the best climate in the world, so more and more visitors are coming in the winter months, including an ever-increasing number of sports teams, making the most of their ‘out of season’ retreat from the winter snow and naturally makes sense! … So, look out for more sports events happening everywhere … starting with Bank of Cyprus Run with Us at Athalassa National Forest Park in Aglangia on Sunday 1st December.

Open Fires
For starters; why not visit one of our fine harbours, in every major coastal city, with a few boat trips and 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, especially in the villages, providing that home from home feeling around an open fire, maybe a little live music, but remember Cypriots live for the table, so be warned, in the festive season you’ll probably put on a few kilos.

Into Hashing?
It’s a great time to see Cyprus on foot, so if you are into walking, go discover some of the organised walks that will show you some of this Islands’ more natural side, Cyprus Walks etc.

Ayia Napa
You must get a few shots up at the wonderful ongoing Sculpture Exhibition on the road to Cape Greko, which btw is also a great place to discover, or just get into their annual Christmas Fairy Tale Stories … Footloose as always open, and very welcoming, and Elements holding the fort in town … The awesome Black & White Club normally keep Napa Urban every weekend and all over Christmas and the New Year … and several bars and clubs are going into winter mode with live Greek music through the festive season aiming at the local market but welcoming everyone.

Larnaca
We’ve always called it the Hub of Cyprus, there’s a delectable promenade, lined with tall palm trees, a hive of activity by day and night and there’s lots to do for kids and grownups.  Perfect shopping in Ermou Street, all the ladies probably end up at Brouska.  Why not check out Stories, one of the delightful cafes in old market, and up Dhekelia Road, Hugga by The Sea and The King Cafe Lounge Bar  just a few of my favs or why not catch a Rock band at Savino Live, a little bit of Jazz at The Blue Pine or pop down to get a selfie with the Flamingos nestled in the Salt Lake for the winter.

Limassol
Is our Capital on the coast, a little more cosmopolitan, 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 the city, in the Carob Mills and Castle area of old town, it’s a delight by day or night … Mason Bar leading the way and most of the rockers go to Rock Tepee and the clubbers have several to choose from to keep you happy … Beachcomber always a fav coz its right in the heart of the tourist area!

The Capital
Nicosia also comes into its element in the winter as over 250,000 population stay near home and party like no others … a massive selection of bars, pubs, nightclubs, Club Teeze and Cafe Mercedes leading the way in style cafes and you’ll find eateries of every cuisine imaginable and of course the best Christmas shopping in Cyprus!

Paphos
As always Paphos maintains a year-round lifestyle, coz there’s almost 110,000 residents and our tour operators guide the few holidaymakers and long stay winter visitors there.  The wonderful Pafos Zoo is open all year and there’s live music in several bars including New HorizonO’Neills and The Railway Inn providing entertainment … if you fancy 4 Wheel Drive adventures check out Jimmy’s Jeep Adventures, loads of fun.  There’s plenty of shopping from the Old Town down to The Mall and a few cool cruises sailing daily from the harbour including the magnificent Wave Dancer, so you can’t really go wrong up on the west coast.  Oh, and you really must catch the awesome Liam Armstrong at the Michael Buble Christmas Special.

Protaras & Paralimni
Protaras pretty much closes down baring one or two bars, my fav Malmia Bar and a few restaurants especially in the Pernera Area where Mojito Bar & Grill, Tipsy Turtle, and Blue Spice will be hosting seasonal events including Kama Lifestyle with their annual Christmas Party on the 13th … Paralimni, of course, is the live-in village of the area and there’s plenty to do there too … Shopping, of course, comes into its element, everything from Puss in Boots kids shoes to London Clothing Company or For Jewellers check out Goumenos Jewellers or George Melekkis at The Melekkis Centre boasting one of Cyprus’ leading jewellers plus fashion for men women and kids.

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

Passionate
You know, I have a passion for Cyprus, photography and creative writing, put them all together and you get What’s On Cyprus … I love my job, and I’m still doing exactly what I came here to do in 1993.  These days, it’s all on-line, on 7 major social media apps, so, we can help you find out what’s on, where it’s on, when it’s on, what to do with the kids and where to go shopping and of course what to buy me for Christmas …

The Site
The web site is looking wicked with well over 1,500 Pages of info, boasting way over 50,000 photos and videos, which btw is almost 50 gigs of info and archives collected in my past 27 years in Cyprus … I’m loving the one-word search facility, it’s fun and the site’s growing daily so please save it as a fav … 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 just search ‘Open all Year’

Facebook
We’re still the  Number 1 Tour Guide and News & Entertainment Blog on Facebook so there’s more people engaged or talking about our page in Cyprus.  So check out our Facebook page or if you prefer to follow us on Instagram and Twitter … Or the in fashion Pinterest, btw, 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!

The App
We are currently working on the new dynamic App launched in January 2018 on Play Store and we’re working really hard to get it onto iOS and so it crashes … stay tuned we should have it sorted out soon …

Finally
I’d just like to give a big season’s greetings to all our friends, family, but of course, our members who help make this Network possible … Oh, If you’re in business and you think you’ve got something to shout about, why not call Tony for an information 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

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