August 2023

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Hot! Hot! Hot!
It’s August and I’d like to say “it’s my favourite month”, but tbh it’s not, mostly because it’s just a bit too hot, and it doesn’t really help coz you can’t even take a cold shower, because the cold water definitely isn’t cold enough!  To be honest, all I really want to do is swim in the sea, much as in August that’s more like a tepid bath.  I’ll let you into a little secret, my absolute favourite thing to do in August is to stand under one of our waterfalls in the Troodos mountains, mmm, even in August it’s ice cold!

2 Full Moons
We will also have the pleasure of seeing two full moons in August … the first on Tuesday 1st and the second on Wednesday 30th August, or actually Thursday at 4.35 am, which btw is also known as The Blue Moon …

Party Crew
It’s probably gonna hit well over 40°C in the shade, so that’s over 50°C in direct sun, so for those of us working it’s horrible!  Imagine Nicosia at lunchtime, not a good idea, and that’s why the majority of the residents of Nicosia swarm down to the coat.  Just watch, as sophisticated, cosmopolitan, trendy, Nicosia mixes with the pure party holiday crew, the result inevitably is electric!, which btw, is why August might secretly be my favourite month.

Holidays
As I mentioned, it’s peak holiday season in Cyprus, so too all of Europe, all the kids are on school holidays, so naturally we’ll see lots of families here on their hols and of course, the youth element is evident and Napa once the club capital of Europe, will be smashing it!

Commerce in August?
Pretty much the whole of Cyprus’ commerce and industry shuts down for about 3 to 4 weeks in August.  To explain; It’s not worth them trying to work coz if it gets to over 40°C in the workplace, the unions pull out the workers, and it’s definitely gonna be over40°C, so they might as well close down, but of course, as that happens it’s a nightmare, coz you can’t get anything done … ‘No problem’, ‘Avrion’ as we say in Cyprus! … You may have noticed it’s the Cypriots’ favourite word, in English it means ‘Tomorrow’, so I’m sure you’ll witness an occasional ‘pull your hair out’ moment lol

Topical
Another thing that’s making me happy is that many of our followers are telling me they’re coming this year after missing the last two or three years.  So, with the anticipated influx of Brits, Scandies, Germans, Italians, French, Dutch, Lebanese, and well you name it, making amends for the loss of the Russian market, I think this year we’ll see many new nations discovering paradise.  So it’s looking like August is going to be really busy! … for the latest updates follow us on our Facebook Page or all the other social media Apps.

Hospitality
Most of our hotels re-opened this year but in August they are requested to keep about 50% of their rooms available for our nationals, to make sure they’ve got somewhere to stay.  The rumour is that many Cypriots won’t be leaving Cyprus for their holidays this year, so getting a hotel room might be hard, we recommend you book early, there are a few
top hotels on this site.  Maybe you might prefer to get the family together in a Villa
this year … we’ve selected a few really cool places to stay.

Eating Out
I created What’s On Cyprus back in 1999 and I’ve eaten at so many restaurants as part of my job, I love my job!  Like everything on this site I try to recommend only the best … So choose a city, hit the Eating Out button and then select a cuisine and I promise you’ll discover some absolutely excellent eateries! … Your comments are always very welcome!

Water, Water
Oh, did I mention it’s gonna get very hot? and I mean, really very hot, and if you only get one tip from me this month, make sure it’s ‘Drink lots of water’.  You’ll need around 3 litres a day.  Craig, a very good friend of mine, who was the guy that went up and down in the bungee cage on Nissi Beach to persuade you to jump, used to drink 8 litres a day and not pee … the mind boggles?

Youth thingy
Anyway as it’s August, I was saying, the ‘youth thingy’ is evident, everywhere, and why not?  Their smiles are infectious, and their lack of inhibitions priceless, as for their fashions, each year in Napa the girls seem to be wearing less, and why not? the guys prefer it that way!

Clubbing
The 100 Day Club war is on … All 5 Rooms @ Castle Club, as usual, smashing it in Napa, so too is Black & White Club who lead the way in providing that urban mix! … and Carwash Disco, still the best night out in Napa and everyone usually ends up there at some point!  It’s summer so expect some of the club scene to step out of the basements and onto the beaches and around pools, to make sure you get your clubbing fix.

Beach Cult
The month kicks off with Sunset Tribes Festival on Saturday 5th August on Paralimni Sands with 8KAYS headlining on the decks along with many other top DJs … moving along the coast, clubbing in Larnaca pretty much moves onto Makenzie Beach with several café style lounges turning a bit clubby.  Up in Limassol the classy Breeze and arguably Cyprus’number one club ‘Guaba’, on the beach, is a perfect setting for a clubbing day or night out and I’ve heard we are going to have some of the world’s top DJ’s here as usual.

Sunset Boulevard
Meanwhile up west; Nightlife Street in Paphos has changed a bit over the years with Aces Cocktail Bar, Robin Hood, Club Black ‘n’ White Reload, Bubbles, and Notorious Bar still leading the way.

Live Music
You’ll find lots of live music all over Cyprus … Kendall Events have a few gigs in August… and there’s a few others I want to get to this month … to find the best places just search Live Music

Shopaholics
Don’t forget it’s August and that means it’s summer sales everywhere so go grab a bargain … Leading the way in fashion, London Clothing Company have shops all over Cyprus and
Y2K for the ladies are in Ayia Napa … and they have some lovely ideas for your garden at
Rustic Furniture in Paralimni.

Passion
I expect that you’ve noticed, I love Cyprus with a passion … ‘Special’ doesn’t really begin to describe it, and if you’ve returned to this rock at least once, you’ll understand, coz it’s even got its own distinctive smell.  The great prophet ‘Plato’ described this rock as paradise’ and who are we to argue with him?

Aura?
I believe Cyprus is the mythological Party Playground of the Mediterranean.  It’s quite unique, with its own, I’m 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 immediately drawn in and mad as it sounds, I’ve heard many people say they decided to buy a house here within 24 hours of setting foot on this wonderful rock!

School Holidays
Don’t forget it’s the 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? … try going to Things to Do and then ‘Kids & Grown Ups … but let’s start you off with a visit to Ocean Aquarium Park in Protaras for a lovely day out with the kids …

Kids & Grown Ups
Spending quality time with the little’ns is so important, out of ideas? a few of my favs include; The Camel Park in Mazados is an excellent day out with swimming pools and cafes and loads to do or maybe Pafos Zoo, it’s a cool way to catch up with the wild animals, up close, there’s nothing quite like seeing the kids’ faces when they come so close to those Tigers, and check out the walk-through Avery at bird feeding time, it’s a fantastic day out.  I have to give a big shout-out to Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark recently voted No: 5 Waterpark in the world and very well deserved I think, the design and layout is just perfect!

Different
One of the coolest things to do is walk on the seabed with Undersea Adventures
in Protaras, I’ve done their Helmet Dive a few times and highly recommend it for all the family, this year I tried the Underwater Scooters, its like a 007 experience just awesome fun … Another is Jungle Float in Protaras, a floating waterpark with trampolines and rope swings into the sea, go check it out …and another cool idea is to get the kids hair braided at one of Jenny’s Hair Salons all over Cyprus … and I’ve personally watched her change people in seconds …

Adventure Sports
You must check out Flyboarding at various water sports all over Cyprus, I’ve tried it and let me say, when you come out of the water like Iron Man and dive like a dolphin it’s just awesome! Check them out at Paphos Water Sports left of the promenade, Octopus Water Sports in Kato Paphos and at Mike’s Watersports at Konnos and Stephanos Water Sports in Protaras

Scuba Diving
It’s also a great month to learn to dive, with the sea at its warmest, it’s almost like a tepid bath and where better to get away from the sun, than discovering the underwater world of the Mediterranean!

Living on the sea
It’s perfect weather for a boat trip!  From the award-winning Black Pearl, more a pantomime on the sea on the sailing from Napa’s harbour to glass bottom boats all over the place, semisubs and catamarans, fishing trips where you can catch your lunch and have it cooked for you at the harbour when you return … Or, there’s pedalos on every beach and they’ve got slides on them these days … I even noticed one of those underwater scooter things at Fig Tree Bay Watersports the other day

More Boat Trips
A must for the tiny tots is The Mermaid Cruise in Protaras, it’s an awesome idea.  Just seeing their little faces as they finally believe in real mermaids, it’s absolutely priceless! … A trip on Aphrodite 1 is amazing, whilst the Lazy Day Cruise on Aphrodite II a complete delight … The elegant Madusa glides along the coast and the brilliantly designed
Nemo Semi-Submarine a great idea for the kids … So to Yellow Submarine which is one of my favourites coz everyone comes off smiling and just recently I was invited on St. Georgeos Boat trip in Protaras and have to say the whole experience was amazing …

West Coast
Whilst up the West Coast, Paphos Watersports have a variety of cruises, love the Snorkelling Trip to find Turtles … and the best boat on the harbour has to be
WaveDancer as it salsa’s its way up the West coastline with daily cruises and stunning sunset dinners and spectacular entertainment with a huge firework party finale!

Getting Around
Cyprus is a small rock, just over three hour’s drive from Kapparis on the far South Eastcoast to Pomos high up on the North West coast … 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 in 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, btw in the centre, Lofou Taverna is highly recommended!

Tasty
Another really great idea when you’re out and about is to stop off at either Octo Microbrewery in Sotira for a little bit of craft beer tasting or Aristides Craft Distillery
in Tseri to try their delicious Gins or Vodka made with Cyprus Potatoes or a wee dram, Cyprus style!

Cultural
Cyprus is versatility to the extreme so for a full list of Cultural Events and Exhibitions go to the Cyprus Tourist Organisation’s website …

Party Gods
Remember kids you didn’t start it, the Greek Gods 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 a party, I think it’s only right that we show them our gratitude and continue where they left off and show them how to party twenty-first-century style and more importantly, Cyprus Style!!! … and when it’s time to chill why not grab a few hours at one of our health spas. I’m super impressed with Serenity Fitness Centre in Paralimni and we recently had a couple’s experience at Image Spa in Paralimni, Mmm!

We’ll Help
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And finally …
oh, and just in case you weren’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
Editor

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