Cyprus, August 2017

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Photo by Tony Dynamou, Olivia Seychelles watches sunset on her final Fantasy Boat Party, 22nd July 2017

It’s August !!!
my fav month, hmm? … well it does get a little bit tooo hot, like 45°C in the shade, so if you’re working its really yukk, Nicosia at lunch time a big no no!!!, now if you’re on the beach it’s paradise!  Fact is; the infamous philosopher ‘Plato’ describes this rock as ‘Paradise’ and who are we to argue ? … OMG!!! It’s August Sales I nearly forgot, anyone coming ?

Holidays
It also get’s a little busy, well, it’s peak season so you’d expect it to be busy, but the
Cypriots are on holiday as well, with up to half the holiday beds reserved for them for at
least three weeks.  So as pretty much everything shuts down in commerce and industry, and things slow down more than a tad, and you can’t get anything done, it’s not too much a problem coz ‘Avrion’ is the Cypriots favourite word, but I’m sure you’ll witness an occasional pull your hair out moment lol …

Electric
so, as sophisticated, trendy, cosmopolitan, Nicosia spills down to the coast, and mixes
with pure party, the result inevitably is electric !, and did I mention it’s summer,
it’s hot, and I mean really hot, and if you only get one tip from me this month, make it ‘Drink more water !

Strange
Now, this mythological party playground of the Mediterranean is different, the rock has some sort of, not sure what you call it? Aura? that makes it so very different from any other island in the world. When you arrive here you’re sort of drawn in, strange but true !!!

Cyprus with a passion
I expect you’ll notice, I love Cyprus with a passion … ‘Special’ doesn’t even begin to
describe it, and if you’ve returned to this rock at least once, you’ll understand, ha! it’s
even got it’s own distinctive smell, in my book Plato was spot on !

Kids & Grown Ups
Pafos Zoo is open so why not take the kids to catch up with the animals, there’s nothing
quite like kids faces when they come close to wild animals, check out the walk through
Avery at bird feeding time, its a fantastic day out … maybe a Jeep adventure up to the
Akamas or a little unique safari alternative maybe try The Cyprus Maze at CyHerbia, who knows, you might be able to lose the kids for a few hours, safely 😉 while you enjoy real cream teas or a glass of wine and check out their gardens and natural, herbal world …

Youth thingy
Anyway it’s August, the youth thingy is evident, everywhere .. and why not ? their lack of
inhibitions and smiles are infectious, so too their fashions, each year the girls seem to be
wearing less and the guys prefer it that way … It’s school holiday’s so loads of
little’ns around too, and it’s too hot to do much except chill, but there’s so much to do ?
and so little time, hmm ?

Clubbing
The club scene is at its peak as the mix steps out of the basements and onto the beaches,
and into the pools with beach parties and pool parties coast to coast … In the last 10 years we’ve seen an increase of stylie beach bars opening along the coast, aimed more towards the local market with weekly parties happening all through August!  Nightlife street in Paphos has changed a bit but Touch Club still leading the way …

In July we had Paul van Dyk at Castle Club in Napa … and at Guaba in Limassol, on August 13th, Shark Energy Drink will present Fedde Le Grand plus the awesome Jenia X Mr Styles … and on the 20th the gorgeous and absolutely stunning Sophie Francis

Sensations
we’re still waiting for world famous ‘Sensations’ to announce if they’ll rock Kapparis this
August? Hmm look out for the flyers and keep an eye on our facebook page …

Reggae SunJam
I’m really hoping to be able to make this … one of my fav events for the summer, the Reggae SunJam at Paradise Place, on the 12th & 13th August, a refreshing addition to August calendar up high on the west coast … Tel: 0035726342016

Getting Around
Cyprus is a small rock, a maximum of three hours and a bit will drive you from far South
East to high North West, along the coast, or from Kapparis to Pomos … So jump in the car
and go touring, maybe a trip up to the mountains to get away from the maddening crowd and intense heat, mmm, and if you dare, cool down a bit at one of the natural waterfalls. On the way, back down, stop off at one of the left back in time villages of Lofou in the Troodos foothills, where the annual August 4 day Lofou Festival revolves around 12th to the 15th, so that’s at least two good reasons to go !

Adventure
The Flyboarding Cyprus team have increased their adventure sport presence by helping set up and train other watersports to Flyboard.  I’ve tried it and let me just say, when you come out of the water like Iron Man and dive like a dolphin its just awesome !  Check them out at Octopus Water sports in Kato Paphos and at Stephanos Watersports in Protaras … it’s also a great month to learn to dive, with the water at its warmest and where better to get away from the sun then discover the underwater world of the med !!!

On the sea
Of course August is perfect for a boat trip … From the crazy Fantasy Boat to the award
winning Black Pearl, there’s glass bottom boats all over the place, catamaran, fishing
trips and pedalos for the self pedal enthusiasts, oh and a must for the tiny tots The Mermaid Cruise is an awesome idea.  Just seeing their little faces as they finally believe in real mermaids, it’s just a jaw dropping’ly awesome sight … Whilst up in Paphos, the best boat on the harbour has to be Wave Dancer as it Salsa’s its way up the West coast with daily cruises and stunning sunset dinners and a spectacular entertainment with a huge firework party finale !

Party Gods
Remember kids you didn’t start it, the Greek God’s did, some 12,600 years ago, right here on this wonderful rock we call Paradise, so as it was the gods who introduced us to the world of party, I think it’s only right that we show them our gratitude and continue where they started and show them how to party twenty-first century and more importantly, Cyprus Style !!!

Cultural
We said versatility to the extreme, so for a full list of Cultural Events and Exhibitions go the the Cyprus Tourist Organisation’s web site

And finally …
A big thanks to my cover girl Olivia for brightening up every Fantasy Boat Trip and in fact Ayia Napa for the past few years, and for posing every time I pointed my lens at her, to sad to say bye, so we’ll say see you soon, and I hear there’s a vacancy for a Fantasy Boat Cruise Mascot, any ideas girls ? oh and just in case you wasn’t taking note, please drink more water, increase the UV factor, drink loads more water and make sure you do at least one thing you’ve never done before !
Na da bou’men!
Tony Dynamou

Cover photo by Tony Dynamou
Model: Olivia Seychelles, on Fantasy Boat Trip, Ayia Napa 

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