It’s nearly that time of the year again. Dust off your dancing shoes, collect the party dress from the dry cleaners and get your flight to Paphos booked quickly…
The annual Cypriot Carnival in Limassol begins on 21st February and the celebrations continue for a two week period extending out along the west coast as far as Paphos.
The carnival in Cyprus means a near two-week period of celebrations with a focus on food, before the 50 days of Easter. Limassol hosts the most popular celebration, while Larnaka and Paphos offer impressive parades and fancy dress balls.
The first week is called Meat Week (Kreatini) and is the last week to eat as much meat as you can before Lent begins. The second week is known as the cheese week (Tyrini).
Accompanying all the eating are the entrance of King Carnival, the Children’s Carnival Parade, the Serenaders’ Parade and the Grand Carnival Parade of chariots and groups.
Cyprus is possibly the most perfect place to spend Valentine’s day – the concept of love was invented here.
The west coast of Cyprus was the birth place of Aphrodite and it still exudes beauty and romance. The dramatic and picturesque landscape inspires artists and poets to this day.
Aphrodite’s rock is the legendary place where the goddess of love rose from the sea. There’s a legend that states if a girl swims clockwise around the rock on a full moon then she will see a vision of her one true love.
Whether that’s true or not who knows but it’s a legend fraught with danger as the currents in Cyprus can be very strong indeed.
There are also other locations in Cyprus inspired by the gods such as the Adonis pool where legend has it the two lovers Aphrodite and Adonis were said to have frolicked. Myths have it that swimming in the pool brings you luck in love however judging by the colour of the pool I think you’d have to be lucky you don’t catch something 😉
Lovers that decide to spend Valentine’s day in Paphos could make like the locals and head to spend a romantic evening in a log cabin with hot tub in the Troodos mountains ski resort. The following day returning to the coast for a BBQ on the beach maybe leading to a late night skinny dip around Aphrodite’s rock?