It’s October, my favourite month, well almost, especially if the weather from September overflows a bit, and that’s what normally happens, coz much as its supposed to be Autumn we can still swim in the sea, get a tan, wear shorts and t-shirt all day and night, but I’m tempted to get the quilt out coz October also means the long hot summer has come to an end or has it?
Unusually we’ve already had a little rain in September, flash floods on the west coast, not much on the East coast, so according to the fishermen, it’s going to be another Indian Summer and that means this hot spell will last ‘til the end of November, hmm I believe them, so you’d better book those Flights and come and get a tan!
There’s Live music events and festivals everywhere and closing parties and opening parties all over the place, and we’ll see a few more pubs, bars, cafes and clubs staying open, with many swinging towards the local market. So, if you get invited to any ‘end of season’ or ‘opening’ parties make sure you go … it’ll be rude not to!
It’s one of my favourite seasons, two bank holidays on Tuesday 1st and Monday 28th and you know, we’ve all been working our little bits off since March … The air is clearer, fresher but it’s still hot by day. As things slow down, we all get the chance to catch up with friends, who’ve been more like passing ships in the night for the last seven months, we’ll probably light a few barbies, you know, any excuse.
Time to Relax
The long tourist season is finally winding down, the long stayers are moving in, predominantly from UK and Scandinavia, with Paphos leading the way with their all-year-round facilities, and Ayia Napa catching on, with the flatter side of the Island fast becoming a favourite for out of season training camps. Most of the resident workers had post-season blues as early as August, back to school? hmm, but there’s an ever-increasing number of them that won’t leave this year as Cyprus slowly gears up to year-round tourism.
Classic Rocks Festival 2018
October opens with one of Cyprus’ biggest annual festivals … Protaras is the new home of the Cyprus Rocks Festival, Marios’ long search to find a new home for the Classic Rock Festival was solved in 2017, btw it started in Rhodes many years ago. Rumour has it, this year twice as many classic rock fans will be traveling to Protaras from Thursday 2nd ‘til Tuesday 9th October, to join all the local rockers, so that means the far south-east coast will be rocking every night for a week, whatever you do don’t miss this!
Let’s get Medieval
For the 14th year running the Ayia Napa Medieval Festival getting bigger and more spectacular every year, don’t miss the opening of this festival by the square in Ayia Napa on Saturday 12th October and throughout the week ‘til Saturday 19th … Check out their web site …
It’s touring season
Why not jump in the car or give one of our 4 Wheel Adventure Safari tours a call and get Out and About . The mountains are just about to come into their element and the sunrise in Kapparis or sunsets in Paphos are quite stunning! … I recently heard one of the watersports lads say, we can’t wait to get to the mountains, so we can’t see the sea. I said, how can you get fed up of this sea? he replied, “just for one day”! … on that note, even up in the mountains, you can still see the sea, at some points on three sides of the island …
I love that smell
Remember we haven’t really had any rain since May, except for a couple of flash storms days in September. I love that smell when those first heavy storms come, everyone runs out into the roads shouting halleluiah, but they’ll drive us mad, coz when it rains, boy does it come down, the term ‘pissing down cats and dogs’ must have Greek roots somewhere, lol … and as for the roads they become rivers and where’s the drainage ffs? … Ask any Cypriot and they’ll probably say, well, it doesn’t rain very much over here, so who needs drainage? … oh, and don’t worry, Rain here one day, gone the next!
Anyway, as I was saying, Indian summer, beach ’til New Year, sounds good … we hear there’s frost in Europe, sounds better, suffer 😉 and as in Cyprus we live for the table, dining outside in October, heaven, hey why else do we live here?
A few more things I’d like to catch; It’s The 6th ‘Cyprus Tango Meeting’ from Friday 25th to Monday 28th October 2018 at the wonderful five star Grecian Park Hotel with stunning views over my favourite Konnos Bay. Alternatively, The Yoga Retreat at Cyprus Villages, a complex of apartments and villas situated in the picturesque village of Tochni.
The good witch Emily, Hans & Gretel come to take us to their magical world and tell us their story through the mouth of The House Of Fairy Tales … in Nicosia on the October
After our accession to Europe, back in 2004, we predicted there will be an increase in cultural events in Cyprus, and wow, Paphos recently boasted The Cultural Capital of Europe, I wonder what else we’ll see next … I just love our ever-changing Cyprus, and hey, bring on more culture ! … For a link to many cultural events in Cyprus check out the Cyprus Tourism Info site at www.visitcyprus.com
There’s still a little clubbing to be done … many cafe bars switch to Greek style for the locals and Larnaca comes into its element as the Hub of Cyprus with Savino Live rocking all year but more in the winter …
Don’t forget its Halloween Night on Thursday 31st October with many venues holding special events for all ages, some, on the weekend before, so follow our Facebook page, and they are getting bigger every year as the Cypriots have realise it’s a great excuse to dress up or dress down it seems haha! … so start sewing or get to the fancy dress hire shops and make it an event to remember! Many pubs and restaurants have got their acts together along with places like CyHerbia a must for the kids Castle Club in Napa are mixing Halloween with their closing party on the Saturday 26th this year, and btw, it’s a party not to miss!
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And really finally
If I can give you one tip … Make sure you do at least one thing you’ve never done before!
Na da bou’men !