Paphos today officially became European City of Culture 2017

Tonight there was a grand opening ceremony marking the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 in the Town Hall square in centre of Paphos.

The opening ceremony showcased the history, the multiculturalism and the modern culture of Pafos as an integral part of wider European culture. The ceremony was designed and produced by a Creative Team of Cypriot artists and intellectuals, working with Walk the Plank.

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Photo courtesy of http://www.pafospress.com

Inspired by the myth of Pafos, it has at its heart the founding myth of Pygmalion, the Artist and his creation, Galatea.

The celebratory performance attempted to portray the core concepts of the Open Air Factory, such as creativity, originality, artistic excellence, and also multiculturalism, diversity, as well as the hope for a unified country in the future.

Young people, children and volunteers from all over Cyprus joined professional performers from all over the island. Both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot musicians and singers sang in unison with a Danish choir and a Jazz Orchestra from Aarhus, the partner Capital of Culture. As Pygmalion invoked the spirit of Aphrodite to breathe life into the statue he had carved, light and fire illuminated the sky above Paphos’s newly restored city centre.

Original compositions, as well as adaptations of music, choreographies and projections were brought to life by actors, dancers and hundreds of children who illuminated the moment of Pafos’ birth and marked the opening of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017.

For more information on events planned for the rest of 2017 see pafos2017.eu

 

Visit the Sea Caves for Stunning Views

For amazing panoramic sea views of course you can sit on the balcony of Bella Vista but if you fancy feeling the spray of the waves on your face then head for the sea caves just beyond Coral Bay.

A ten minute drive in the opposite direction from Paphos along the main coast road Tomb of the Kings will take you to Coral Bay.  Drive passed the Coral Bay beach and beyond the main hotels this road then opens out to show farmland and fields of crops this leads to the sea caves area.

The sea caves are located on the edge of the Akamas peninsula an area of outstanding natural beauty and protected by UNESCO as a heritage site.

Sea caves

There’s a lovely cafe called the Sea Caves Lounge Bar that has amazing views and provides good value for money too.  These photos were all taken from there.

Sea caves lounge bar

Rent the house at Bella Vista from just £300 per week

Stunning harbour area Paphos

One of my favourite places to visit when staying at Bella Vista is the harbour area in Paphos which is a 10 minute drive away.

There are lovely bars and restaurants with stunning views in this area such as my favourite Ta Mpania here’s a photo from the decked seating area

View from Ta Mpania

There’s a coastal path you can wander along that goes all the way from the harbour area in both directions.  One way takes you along the beach front passed all the main hotels you can walk for miles and the other direction leads to the harbour fort area with this gorgeous castle.

Paphos castle

Beyond the castle watch all the little fishing boats going out and the beautiful yachts too.

Fishing boats Paphos

You can visit by renting this house http://www.bellavistacyprus.com from £300 per week and sleeps 5

Daytime temperatures are still in the twenties in Paphos!

Who fancies some winter sunshine for the New Year?

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There are lots of great flight deals on at the moment!

Check out the following websites –
http://www.easyjet.com
http://www.monarch.co.uk/flights
http://www.jet2.com
http://www.skyscanner.net
http://www.ryanair.co.uk
http://book.flythomascook.com

These are just a few!

Nearest airport to Bella Vista is Paphos airport and we can arrange airport collection for you plus a hire car too if you need one!

Want to be sat outside in warm weather even late in evening?

It’s still gloriously warm in Cyprus and hot enough to sit out still in the evening to enjoy a drink on the terrace or balcony.

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Stunningly located on the top of a hill just off Tomb of the Kings road Bella Vista offers amazing views and ensures you still get a gentle sea breeze to ensure a good nights sleep so no need for air conditioning (unless you prefer then it’s modern & super efficient!).

Solar panels on the roof enable the water for your shower to be heated in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

Recently installed internet access allows you to connect wirelessly to access social media and UK television via your laptop, tablet or phone during your holiday or if you’d prefer to stay incognito then access can be switched off too!

There’s still availability for October so if you want a last minute short break please drop me a line!