It’s Carnival Season
It’s March, my favourite time of the year, it’s supposed to be spring, but whatever you do don’t blink coz by the end of the month it’ll be summer before you know it! oh, and its Carnival Season starting on Friday 28th February and culminating with Green Monday on the 2nd March and there’s Rio Style Carnival parades in all the big cities on Sunday 1st, Limassol leading the way with the biggest, but in Ammochostos it’s getting better every year, Larnaca absolutely brilliant, the Capital Nicosia spectacular and I’m hearing this year’s carnival in Paphos is gonna be awesome, oh and of course Spring is in the air, the blossoms are out, aromas everywhere and everything is sooooo green … I just love it !
We’ve had so much rain, it’s mad?, but we need the rain, and it won’t be long now before we won’t see rain again ‘til October, bring it on I say!!! … So, it’s green everywhere, all the citrus trees are blossoming, flowers galore, the mixtures of aromas are just delectable, even better there’s still fresh wild asparagus in season, and strawberries … oh, the days are getting longer and warmer, I can almost spread my butter in the morning, and ho hum, here comes Summer!!!
What a way to start the month, it’s Carnival or Carnivore season, which of course actually signifies the start of Lent, so ‘no meat’ for 49 days, starting on Green, or actually, Clean Monday aka Kathari Theftera on Monday on 2nd March … no chance here, I like my meat too much! To celebrate, the Cypriots all go out to the fields to light their BBQ’s with family and friends, on the menu; fresh fish, sea food, lots of fresh salads, fresh and dried fruit, nuts and in fact, anything you can think of, that’s not meat. The theme is fancy dress, they all get face painted, and fly kites and stuff, and btw don’t worry if you’ve not been invited, just go for a walk in any field on Monday 2nd and you’ll probably get asked to join in, you know Cypriot hospitality n’all …
Any Shopaholics out there ?
You’ll should still catch a few of the February Sales, crazy, coz most of them started in January this year?, so you’d better hurry and get out and find some bargains. It’s a good time to buy that last winter warmer, still needed at night in March. Leading the way in Fashion are Brouska or BrouskaBlue and London Clothing Company, with shops all over Cyprus and Y2K in Ayia Napa
I love this time of the year, invigorating walks along stormy coastlines, and on those chilly winter nights, most bars, cafes and restaurants have homely, warming, open wood fires, or those tall gas heaters. Many have wicked DJ’s, mixing to mostly locals and a few tourists and long stayers … others put on live music every weekend, like O’Neill’s Irish Bar in Paphos and Rock Tepee and The Rialto Theatre in Limassol, the original Savino Live in Larnaca, oh btw don’t miss their Carnival Party on Sunday 2nd it’s always the best, oh and leading the way on the east coast Koursaros Rock Bar in Protaras, who all have regular gigs throughout the winter …
It’s spring, but there’s so much to do if you look around, tbh, Cyprus is so versatile, you’ll probably still be able to ski and snowboard up in the Troodos Mountains in the morning and swim in the med in the afternoon, and the air is really clear, so you’ll still be able to go Star Shaped get a fab tan! It’s a great time to go touring and there’s plenty to see. The Troodos mountains are in their element at this time of the year and currently covered in snow!
I have to say I can’t remember a winter of so many changes, it’s exciting, driving around, places being knocked down and rebuilt, more rooms, extra floors, new fascia, new lights and sound systems, new bars and a few changing hands, maybe even one or two new beach bars and clubs … things are looking good for Cyprus with a targeted 5 million visitors this year!
With all these festivals and carnivals happening, and Easter coming in April, there’s an obvious sign that places will be opening early this season to welcome the ever increasing early season visitors promised by many tour operators, of course adding to the locals who are still in ‘off season’ party mode, gotta feeling this is gonna be a great month !!!
Looks like the evident increase of the British, Scandi, French, Italian, Lebanese, Israeli, German, Russian and the rest of European markets will continue with an upward trend and I hear commercial flights into Cyprus are increasing and getting more economical. I think the momentum should just keep going and it’s gonna be one of the best years ever!
As always, we’re hearing some huge names being booked for this season and if the rumours I’m getting are true, Ayia Napa might challenge for the Club Capital of Europe again this season … Black ‘N’ White as usual opening first, holding their soft opening on Friday 28th February, Carwash Disco still the best night out in Napa is opening in April and then Castle Club, probably the best club in Cyprus, the awesome Club Ice, the only after party Club Aqua will provide and then there’s Ammos in Larnaca, Guaba Beach Bar in Limassol, Zoo Club in Nicosia, Vibes Club in Paphos, all smashing it these days
I’m really excited because we are close to re-launching the new App, it’s a free download … our launch on iOS is really close with a new crew from UberDigit in Nicosia joining the Network and btw you’re gonna absolutely love it …
Our What’s On Cyprus Facebook page has gone nuts with over 10,000 followers … Everyone’s talking about us, with our daily post engagement of well over 1,000 people a day, commenting, liking and sharing our stuff … oh you can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, oh and please tag and share if you care … hmm 7 of the world’s top social media Apps all linked together … tbh, It’s Everything you need to know and … More !
Best Beaches in Europe
We’re now officially boasting the best beaches in Europe, hahaha, we were saying it years ago, as one Advisor never included us at all ??? … now somehow we have 25 top beaches in Europe, a couple up there with the best in the world, but guys you really can’t beat our seas, especially up on the South-East coast …
The repercussions of Paphos’ stint as The Capital of Culture for Europe in 2017, looks like it’s awoken the world of culture in Cyprus. It’s lovely to see the trend continuing … btw, you can enjoy it in over 330 days sunshine a year because we also have the best climate in the world and we’re one of the safest places to live in the world, that’s why we all live here, and well, we’ve got good reason to love it, oh, and btw they’ve been partying here since the Gods invented party some 12,600 years ago! For more culture follow this link
I wanna go !
Here’s a few of the things happening this month we might just catch you at …
Where would we be without The Rialto Theatre in Limassol … with regular Events … I’d love to get to Women in Jazz on Sunday 15th and Midsummer Nights Dream on Tuesday 24th … Info & Tickets
The massive Freak Kitchen on Saturday 7th and Minus One with Belua back home on 14th … Live at Savino Live in Larnaca
Sunday 8th, is International Woman’s Day, but knowing you, you’ll probably celebrate all weekend 😉 … so you’ll find lots of events, parties and club nights all over Cyprus … Some will be celebrating Women’s Day with live music and an all you can eat Buffet or as usual that crazy party down at Blue Spice … oh and The Full Monty Night in Paphos on Friday 20th sounds like it might get a bit naughty 😉
The 22nd Logicom Cyprus Marathon 2020 is being held in Pafos Sunday 15th March tis year and its getting bigger n better every year … More …
In March, Kendall Events presents tributes to Stevie Wonder and George Benson by Nat Augustin, direct from the UK from Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th … Then, Mark Summers, the Elvis Legacy, and UK’s Official number one Elvis Tribute Show, three times winner of the National Tribute Awards, from Friday 28th to Tuesday 31st at various Venues around Cyprus …More … omg! I almost forgot Mojito Bar & Grill is open again .. mmm!
Time to Run
Up in our capital on the coast, it’s time to get your running shoes on for the OPAP Limassol Marathon, on Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd 2020 and then slip your dancing shoes on, for all the after parties … More …
If it’s your first time here, what took you so long?, and if you’ve been here before, welcome back!, I’ll let you into a little secret, one day you’ll probably move here, if you’re not already living here … oh, and as always if I can give you one tip … “make sure you do at least one thing you’ve never done before”!
Na da Boumen!
Photo; Carnival Time compliments of Pixabay.com