It’s my favourite month, coz the long hot summer is over, or is it? coz we predicted it’s going to be an Indian Summer and with temperatures expected as high as 28°C this month it looks like we were right. So you’ll still be able to wear shorts and tee-shirt by day, pop down to the beach to top up the tan for Christmas, did I just say Christmas? omg! …
Once that sun sets, almost with a click of your fingers and as the clocks went back on 30th October, that’s going to be around 4.30 pm by the end of the month, so you’ll probably have to put long sleeves on. Do you think it’s time to take the quilt out for an airing?
With restrictions here starting to get more relaxed, things get closer to normal’ ish, the season for exhibitions and festivals might well rejuvenate this year and we should see some Christmas markets and lots of summer closing parties, a good excuse to clear all the stock.
It’s nice to see an element of life about, we were in Napa on Halloween night and it was busy on the ‘T’ at the end of bar street. We went to Castle Club, as you do on Halloween Night and rumour has it they’ll stay open on weekends for the local market and expect some big name DJ’s on the decks. I’m hearing there’s still loads of people in the UK and various other EU countries that just want or need to get away to the sun. So, as Cyprus has Europe’s best climate I’m expecting to see the coastal resorts busier than normal for November with several bars and restaurants staying open for the winter this year, even Los Bandidos Mexican … who said Napa was dead???
With the current thing relaxing a bit, we’ll also probably see a few more winter opening parties than last year, so if you thought Cyprus is dead in November, you should look again! Those that opened to fit an 8 month season into 3 or 4 months seemed to have been busy, partly coz there was less places open, but some were very busy and btw on that note it still makes sense to book a table, just in case.
I’ve been here almost 30 years and watched Cyprus change and I’m absolutely certain Cyprus is looking at ways to enhance our winter season, not just because we have the best weather in Europe and btw, in December we can ski in the Troodos Mountains in the morning and swim in the Med in the afternoon … oh, and on that note, Troodos is wonderful in the autumn, some call it ‘Heaven’? ha! well, it’s almost high enough! … so, take a drive or better still give one of our 4 Wheel Drive Safari Companies a call and you’ll see the real Cyprus and with a guide!
The new fresh wine arrives in Cyprus on Thursday 18th November, I wonder which eaterie will be first to pour it in their glasses … My money is on O’Niell’s Irish Bar & Grill in Paphos! Hmm or Molly Malones in Limassol?
It’s touring season, it’s a good idea to go wine tasting and of course, it’ll give you an excuse to say it’s not too early for your first glass and just in case you’re not in the know, Cyprus boasts some of the world’s finest wines, so you’re all in for a treat … oh and, you can now enjoy several Wine Tasting Routes all signposted for you to follow and we’ve got one really good one called ‘Driving you to Drink’ written for What’s On by my good friend Stanna many years ago and I’ve received loads of compliments over the years. Time to stock up for Christmas? … Did I say Christmas again?
Oh, and you all know I’m trying to keep you in the know about what’s on and I have a such passion for this amazing rock and I’m loving sharing it with you! So with lots of events and Things to Do everywhere, you just have to follow What’s On Cyprus on our Facebook page, daily, or check out our web site, choose a city and try a one word search, there’s over 1,600 pages and 25,000 photos and videos to discover! And, if I hear you say there’s nothing to do, I’ll put you on the next flight home!
It’s the start of winter, so many of our bars swing towards the Cypriot market and the eating out scene goes right through to Christmas and many local pubs, bars and community centres all over Cyprus put on Bingo Nights, Quiz Nights, Horse Racing Nights, and events. Plus Car boot sales, Christmas Bazaar’s and well you name it! Remember that this rock isn’t very big so you can jump in the car and get out and about.
Many bars have live music in the winter months, something to warm your cockles … Savino Live in Larnaca as always with an awesome line up for the winter, so to Koursaros Bar in Pernera. Why not catch Kendall Event’s who presents a mini tour with Mark Summers as The Young Elvis from 25th ’til 29th November …. Or Andrea Morelli’s Phil Collins Tribute from the 3rd ’til 5th November
Now I’ve always said Cyprus is versatility to the extreme, so if you fancy a little bird spotting get in touch with Birdlife Cyprus as it’s migrating season and they usually have a Family Birdwatching Day at Athalassa Park in Nicosia. Oh and the Flamingos should start landing in Larnaca … And I’m looking forward to getting up to the mountains this winter, might even try out Husky Sledding …
After Paphos hosted the European Capital of Culture it’s really nice to see aftershocks from it, all over Cyprus, so keep your eyes peeled or check here … btw, if you’re looking for a professional firework display check out Pyrgos Fireworks website and I’ll imagine there will be a few restaurants and bars that’ll have fireworks on the 5th … for a look at more cultural events go to the Cyprus Tourist Organisation’s site … The Rialto Theatre in Limassol has a busy November with 11 different performances arranged!
For us residents, November normally offers us a chance to strike up a few BBQ’s with good friends we haven’t seen for the past 5 months, the aromas delightful. Hunting season started so expect to see a little game on the BBQ and on the stoves, with authentic restaurants adding seasonal woodpigeon and hare favourites to their menu.
Phew, for me it’s been a crazy season, to say the least, as many repeat visitors, didn’t make it for the first or second time in 20 years … missing their second home, aka Paradise and remember, November is normally the start of stormy season, and as we only get 30 to 35 days rain between now and May, I can handle that! … So don’t panic you’ll still get a tan or you’ll have to go get one sprayed on at many of our Hair & Beauty Salons and Spas lol
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