It’s July, my favourite month, you have to love it mainly because it’s really summer, oh and it’s my birthday on the 27th, any excuse to light a BBQ, not that we need one in July … of course it’s peak season, it’s hot, the temperature will reach over 40°C by mid-July, even the cold water isn’t really cold enough, sunrise is about 5.30 am and it’s not getting dark ’til almost 8.30 pm, there’s UV paint parties, beach parties, foam parties and pool parties all over the place, and the 70 day club war is well and truly underway, with some massive names coming to spin their mix.
Drink More Water !!!
So its July, it’s guaranteed to be hot, well over 40°C, in the shade, and that means it’s time to remind you to drink more water, if you’re out in the sun for long durations you’ll need at least 3 litres a day … and if you think that’s loads, my good friend Craig of Bungee Down Under fame used to drink 8 litres a day and not pee, hmm take note! So if you only get one tip from this page I hope it’s this one …
Napa, of course, leads the way, still pumping and still competing as one Europe’s club capital’s, tbh, I think it’s pretty hard to beat the nightlife in Napa, mainly coz nothing is too far to get too. Castle Club, of course, lead the way with 5 Rooms and an outdoor chill out VIP zone that’s a touch above the rest … Club Ice smashing it with Foam and UV Paint parties, the ever faithful Black ‘n’ White the only place to go for the urban mix and Bedrock Inn for the unique Silent Disco or one of my favs, Carwash Disco, the best night out in town !!! The only After Party these days is Club Aqua. Then when you add the in-fashion beach bars and really cool old town café’s in Larnaca, a few live music festivals from Paralimni to Pafos, and Breeze, Bedroom and Guaba still smashing it in Limassol … the thought is hmm unimaginable lol
The BCL Music Festival is the only Beach Party, actually on the beach all summer … it’s 10 Massive parties with huge names coming every week … We kicked off with James Hype, Giggs and Ace Hood in June … July Rudimental will be back for the 4th Year to Funk up the beach with their many genre music mix … Multi Award winning DJ Hannah Wants will be on the decks on 20th and on my Birthday The amazing Craig David is coming back to Napa to sing me a happy birthday …
Wine & Dine
I’ve been here 27 years now, doing pretty much the same thing, looking for the best eateries, many that have decades of experience and a few cool new finds, we’ve stopped at some awesome pubs that might as well be restaurants along the way. Beach bars have sprung up everywhere along the coast, many serving fresh fish platters and I’m fairly confident you’ll love our recommendations! What cuisine do you fancy?, Try a one-word search they are fun and who knows what you’ll find …
One event I’d really like to make two of Karen Kendall’s Events … Firstly the Tribute to Phil Collins and Genesis, a 5 piece band promising to be an awesome mini tour from 5th, 6th and 7th of July and then a Tribute to Andrea Bocelli by Manuel Lazaro from Spain on 19th & 21st July at Tala Amphitheatre and Pissouri Amphitheatre on 20th July …
This Comedy Variety Drag Show is probably one of the best shows I’ve seen in my 27 years here … now in their fourth season, I went to the first performance in 2016 which was awesome and several times since and tbh, I can’t stop going, coz this show is just wow! oh and somehow this year they got even better ???
This place is so versatile, much as its peak season and all the kids are on school holidays so ‘youth’ is evident, tbh, it’s the same in all of Europe’s top resorts, so you’ll see loads of party cruises … Fantasy for the crazy crew, but there’s plenty for all the family from 3 to 103 … Boat Trips galore along rough and rugged coastlines, mooring in Blue Lagoons for a swim stop in aqua blue waters. or Sunset trips, Mermaid Cruises, Lazy Day Cruises, Pirate Cruises, Firework Cruises, and Deep Sea fishing to catch your own lunch to cook in one of the harbourside restaurants perfect !!! Try searching for ‘Boat Trips’ …
There’s much more than you think, the wonderful Camel Park in Mazados, the awesome Pafos Zoo to get back to the wild … a few cool Escape Rooms, a huge Fun Fair in Napa, a proper Maze, at The Botanical Gardens, Water Parks and Water Sports galore, and some really cool Adventure sports including walking underwater or Flyboarding over it, both, I have to say is absolutely awesome and a must try!
If you want to get away from the heat, then a trip to the Troodos mountains is refreshing … check out Jimmy’s Jeep Adventures up on the west coast and Trackers Excursions on the east coast both highly recommended … The mountains are beautiful at this time of the year … and I have to wish a huge well done to the crew at Jungle Float in Protaras for refloating this wonderful fun on water activity for kids and grown-ups hopefully by 4th July.
I really want to make it to this year’s King of Kite Championships on the 13th & 14th on Softades Beach, Larnaka and we’ll be graced by attendance of No:2 World Champ Adeuri Corniel from the Domion Republic, an ambassador for his sport, trying to encourage more people to give the sport a go …
Getting a Tattoo in Cyprus seems to make sense with some of Europe’s top artists choosing Cyprus and apparently our friends from Norway are known to come over for a week’s holiday and get a full sleeve for less than it costs to stay at home and do it lol, meanwhile their partners are chilling in one of our spas and beauty centres …
Under the water
Diving, of course, is in its element with crystal clear warm sea and vision up to 40 metres it’s a great time to learn to dive with open water course starting around the €150 mark there’s few better places in the world. Oh, btw experienced divers get a load of our dive sites and they’ve just found a new Ancient Ship off the coast of Protaras, which I’m sure in time will be one of the worlds top wreck dives if they’ll let you near it?
You may have noticed I have a passion for Cyprus, coz I truly believe this place is paradise, all you have to do is read my article on The Lost City of Atlantis to believe. Meanwhile, most of our visitors keep coming back, and eventually many of them move here. It’s got some of Europe’s finest beaches, probably the best sea I’ve ever swum in and arguably the best climate in the world … oh, It’s been conquered by so many nations in its history, which btw is 12,600 years, when the Greek Gods discovered it, and btw they invented party, so be rude not to show our respect and keep partying 😉
Shop til you Drop
Shopping is catching up with the rest of Europe, as most shops in tourist resorts stay open ‘til 11 pm … while the rest of Cyprus still enjoys a siesta, and why not 😉 … I love the efforts up in Old Town Pafos to invite shoppers back to stroll around pedestrianised cobbled alleys where you’ll also find top designer fashion boutiques and quaint bistros and cafes some even hosting Salsa Dancing in the Streets, and hundreds of dancers go, quite brilliant!
You can download our App on Play Store but we’re currently working to get it on iOS, so best use the web site for the moment, or our Facebook page coz I’ll keep my eye on last-minute announcements and naturally watch this space!
Throughout July Larnaca hosts a festival of music and performing art, film screenings, and poetry, all excellently organised by the Municipality of Larnaka. Mostly taking place in and around the Finikoudes area.
I think I said versatile?; On Wednesday 10th July you really must make it to The Ancient Theatre of Curium to witness this Gala of Classical Ballet in a wonderfully magical atmosphere under the stars …
The continuation of cultural events since Pafos hosted the Cultural Capital of Europe has expanded and it’s lovely to see … For a full list of Cultural Events and Exhibitions go the Cyprus Tourist Organisation’s web site www.visitcyprus.com
The AfroBanana & Friends Festival 2019
On the 17th, ’til 21st JULY 2019 at Val’s in Gialia, Paphos … A 5-Day Community Festival celebrating Arts & Music. … We’ll try and keep you in touch with any news and exciting announcements!
More Beer Please
On Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th the stunning backdrop of Pafos Medieval Castle that will host the 9th Paphos Beer Festival where you’ll be able to enjoy local delicacies to wash down with over 100 beers from around the world, Hic !
So all that’s left to say is, if it’s your first time here, why? If you’ve been here before, welcome back!, and we all know that after you keep coming back, eventually, you’ll move here, anyway, you are all very welcome, and last but not least, step up the UV factor, whatever you do, drink loads of water oh, and make sure you do something you’ve never done before, at least once !
Enjoy and Na Da Boumen!
Ps; I know I missed loads, but stay tuned or send me a reminder 😉
Cover photo by Antreas Matolis, with Alex Blue Dynamou @ Waterworld Waterpark, Ayia Napa, testing the slides 😉