Currently temperatures in Cyprus are an average of 28 degrees and rising everyday from now until September. If you’re looking for a fun way to cool off then make sure you’re around on 12th June as Cypriots celebrate, Kataklysmos, the Festival of the Flood, which coincides with (Greek) Pentecost and is marked by festivities at all seaside towns. The most popular custom involves a huge water fight! So simply throwing water at other people this symbolises the purification of the body and soul.
The festival begins with an ecclesiastical ceremony where the priest hurls a cross into the sea (something there for those atheists too) and the diver who brings the cross back up receives a blessing and a sovereign, which marks the start of the rest of the festivities.
Events take place in Paphos and are amongst the most popular. Usually there are folk dances, boat and swimming races, wrestling, canoe-races and traditional songs such as tchattista, composed of improvised verses that are sung by competing parties. The Cypriot version of ‘whose line is it anyway”
Don’t miss an awesome water fight and unique celebration the way only Cypriots can party!
If you don’t fancy taking part in the water fight there are plenty of other ways you can cool off – here are just five.
1. Take a refreshing dip in the brand new swimming pool at Bella Vista
2. Go diving in one of the world’s top ten dive sites just off the Paphos coast or snorkel in the world famous Coral Bay
3. Hire a sail boat or a jet ski and take off around the islands unspoilt coastline – such as the UNESCO protected Akamas peninsula and swim in the blue lagoon.
4. Enjoy a leisure cruise between Paphos and Coral Bay so you can watch the sun set while catching the off shore breeze
5. Hike in the cooling pine forests in the Troodos mountain range only 45 minute drive from Bella Vista
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