Happy New Year !!!
It’s January, my favourite month ! well, it’s the season of my fav fruit, Cypriot Oranges, the air is still so fresh and clear, you know … no heat haze, so I’ve started topping up the tan at breakfast out back and because it’s so clear you can see the northern range of mountains, so vividly and coz everything is so green. Oh, it also means the Summer is getting closer, the days are getting longer and warmer and ho hum, I reckon we’ve got the best climate in the world !
Winter also gives all our seasonal workaholics the chance to chill a bit, catch up with friends, light a few barbies on lovely fresh sunny days, or gather round an open fire on chilly nights, crack the ice for a Bailey’s and catch up with the years events. As usual, we went from Summer to Winter in just a few days, omg ! it’s cold at night, I even had to put the duvet on in December, unheard of !
It’s skiing season, with the Troodos Mountains covered in snow, probably through ’til March, of course in Cyprus, you can ski in the Troodos Mountains in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon, or just check into a mountain accommodation and enjoy a little après ski …
It’s a totally different Cyprus up there, the real Cyprus, and in the winter it really comes into its element. Ski and board equipment can be hired if you’re into spontaneity and some of the accommodation is a dream, total tranquillity comes to mind! For more info www.skicyprus.com …
Who cares ?
It’s also rainy season, but that’s a blessing coz we need the water and as we only get an average of 35 rainy days rain a year, who cares ? … I wonder how long it will be before we are a year round destination. Well fact is, we’re moving in the right direction !!!
I remember my first time on this wonderful rock, back in 1987, I knew then that this place had a future. Eventually moving here in 1993 to provide you all with an easy to read guide to Cyprus and naturally getting about so much I’ve seen so much change and believe I know exactly where we’re going.
Marinas and more
As we build the infrastructure and provide communications, we’ll see more golf courses, sports facilities, training grounds and theatres, at least 2 new marinas and leisure complexes and boutique hotels with luxury spas and well, you get my drift. This of course will increase Winter tourism. I know its on its way, all you have to do is believe, oh and rely on private enterprise 😉 oh and I’ve got loads of ideas if you’re interested?
As Paphos closes as hosts of The European Capital of Culture 2017, I think Cyprus has finally got the cultural bug and we’ll continue to see an increasing swing towards the modern world and it’s natural and cultural inevitabilities … click here for a more extensive cultural guide by the C.T.O …
Now, much as I love the vibe in the summer, I do love the peace and quiet on those fresh sunny coastal walks, with the off sea breezes and spray, they’re nothing but invigorating … likewise a stroll around one of our many harbours or fishing shelters … oh, and if you think it was party time in the summer, get a’load of winter in Cyprus !
Open all year
There’s an ever increasing number of restaurants staying open all year to provide traditional Cypriot cuisine and just about every other cuisine you can think of, there’s plenty of bars and I can’t believe how many new stylie cafes serving proper coffee, with lovely open fires and those tall gas heaters, many providing live entertainment.
The awesome Zoo is open in Paphos and the wonderful Camel Park in Mazotos, near Larnaca, The Cyprus Maze in Avgorou amazing, places like Wow Amusement Park too. Communities like Soul in The Sun organising Soul and Reggae parties and the bars and night clubs, swinging towards the Cypriot market, and more and more Summer seasonal workers who decided to stay for the Winter, and boy do they know how to party !!!
It’s also shopping season, culminating with the February sales, which are starting earlier every year, I think they started on Boxing Day this year … guys, check the stylish BrouskaBlue in Paphos, Ladies, its Brouska in Paphos, Larnaca and Nicosia or the brilliant London Clothing Company, who have shops all over Cyprus … Oh our top Jewellers and Opticians have some really good deals on in the winter …
Rock and Roll
Keep an eye open for things like live gigs at Savino Live in Larnaca, Rock Tepee in Limassol, Koursaros Bar in Protaras. The Motocross season dapping its way around Cyprus and the Jet Ski Championships, when pretty much all the local watersports crews fight it out against each other … They’re great days out! might even see you down there? …
Into Ink ?
Did you know, you can pop over to Cyprus, with accommodation and get a tattoo for less money than holidaying at home ! check out our tattooists …
The Website is looking cool, it’s over 1,400 pages and 50,000 photos and videos and the new App, Volume III, currently on the final touches mode and looking absolutely awesome … Facebook is our daily stuff, with links to our website and YouTube Channel and not forgetting everyone following us on Instagram and Twitter … Tell your friends about us ! I hope you find what you want, if not, phone me … or go to www.whatsoncy.com or download the App …
I just want to close by saying a big Happy New Year to all our sponsors, that help make this network the best guide to Cyprus and if you’re in business and you’ve got something to shout about send us an invite to meet you … oh and if you wanna give up smoking go see Christos at The Steamfather …
And really finally
If I can leave you with just one tip for January, make sure you do at least one thing you’ve never done before !
2018… It’s going to be the best ever !!!!
Na Da Bou’men !
Photo Fire & Ice, courtesy of Pixabay.com