It’s festival time – let’s party on the island of sunshine!

Festival

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…

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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.

Limassol carnival dates are from 21st February – 6th March 2011 for more information click here http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/carnival/eng/index.html

Looking for a place to stay why not book Bella for your stay that way you can enjoy the party and hustle bustle of the carnival then relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Paphos/ Coral Bay.

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Email me at bellavista2010@hotmail.co.uk to check availability of dates.

Enjoy Valentine’s day on Aphrodite’s island

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.

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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?

For great deals on accommodation with very romantic views ans stunning sunsets contact me on bellavistacyprus@hotmail.co.uk

Booking a New Year holiday? Sun or snow? Ski or beach? In Cyprus you can have both.

Cyprus is fortunate to be at the southernmost part of the Mediterranean situated just off the coast of Turkey and close to Egypt meaning a temperate climate for most of the year.

 

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Paphos is conveniently situated on the West coast of Southern Cyprus which has slightly milder weather than the East.  Paphos is slightly cooler in the summer months (also temperatures can still rise to 50 degrees in August!) and the winter weather is milder too with the lowest dip in daytime temperatures being 15 degrees on the coast.

In the winter months however it is possible for you to drive for an hour into the snow filled Troodos mountains to ski on one of the many slopes there and then return to the coast for an apres ski barbeque sometimes still in temperatures of 18 degrees – freezing cold to a Cypriot but pretty warm if you’ve come from the UK!

The Troodos mountains can be picturesque in the winter with the snowy pine forests resembling a Christmas card winter scene ensuring that the British and Northern European ex-pats don’t get home sick.

The Cyprus ski season usually lasts between 4-6 weeks from February-March check this website for updates on weather for skiing in Cyprus and updates on the opening of the slopes http://www.skicyprus.com/

What could be better than a ski and beach holiday rolled into one?

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Boogie nights

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After our delicious dinner we headed in the opposite direction of Bella Vista into Paphos town itself to sample the nightlife of Bar Street aptly named as it is a mainly pedestrianised road containing only bars and nightclubs.  There’s a diverse range of different offerings from choice of music to the décor to the theme; from retro clubs with glitter balls and dance floors that light up to bars that seem as though they’ve been airlifted from the film Robin Hood complete with wooden turrets.  We opted for Boogies so my friend could demonstrate her wonderful singing voice on the karaoke crowd and whilst we could have stayed until the sun came up we decided to head home before the dawn chorus began.

A short taxi ride up the road and we were back home in ‘Bella Vista’ Spanish or ‘Beautiful Views’ and that’s not a clever marketing ploy as they are really amazing from up here.  When we arrived home the only sound was the noise from the crickets and a faint scent of jasmine and hibiscus in the air that blew in a warm obviously Egyptian breeze. The lights all along the coastline twinkled and reflected on the now very calm sea which seemed to completely merge into the star filled sky so it was impossible to tell where one began and the other finished until that was a cruise liner sailed UFO like across the sky!

It was hard to believe we were somewhere so peaceful when a few moments earlier we were in a busy town with noise and nightlife; we slept very well indeed.

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http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Cyprus/Paphos_District/Paphos-394302/TravelGuide-Paphos.html

http://www.visitpafos.org.cy/

Dawning light

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Stepping out onto the balcony in the early morning light I’m reminded of something Monet once said “Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment” he’d certainly not be tormented here, Cyprus is one of the rare places where the light is perfect for painting or landscape photography at dusk and the break of dawn all year round.

The view this morning is breathtaking the bright blue sea seeming to merge with an even clearer sky lots of sail boats already making small waves as they make their way out of the harbour and down towards Coral Bay.  Airplanes in the distance leave faint white trails across the sky over the sea on their way into Paphos airport only 10 km away.  The sounds of distant mopeds whirring as they ferry their passengers to work in Paphos town can be heard over the hills like the buzzing sound of hungry honey bees.

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The panorama this morning is very different from the one we had last night from the open sided restaurant where we enjoyed a gorgeous meal. Olivetto’s restaurant is located on the busy Tomb of the Kings road, a fabulous Italian restaurant popular with the residents of Kamares, Paphos’s answer to Hollywood’s Bel Air.  Although it is a little pricey the service and food is amazing especially the lamb cutlets they cook on a volcanic hot stone in front of you however I opted for one of their celebrated steaks.  We drank pre-dinner cocktails outside on the terrace with views of the sea and of the UNESCO protected Tomb of the Kings, the road’s namesake.

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For more information on Tomb of the Kings see –

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/cyprus/paphos-tombs-of-the-kings.htm

http://www.cyprus.com/tombs-of-the-kings.html

http://www.oliveto-restaurant.com/

 

What a view?

Woke up this morning to see bright sun shine streaming in from between the shutters and the white linen curtains moving gently in the cool breeze from the French doors I left ajar last night.

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Doors that open onto a balcony framed by spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea beyond the panoramic coastline of the West coast of Cyprus; views from historical Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980,

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to the Akamas Peninsula, one of the largest unspoilt wildernesses in the Mediterranean home to many vulnerable species, some of which are endemic to Akamas.

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In the foreground is Coral Bay, a natural beach spanning 600m in a crescent shape of powdery white sand, has earned itself a European Blue Flag.  Looking inland to the right of the scene are the beginnings of the Troodos mountain range looming upwards with their fragrant pine forests to provide cool escape in the hot summers and snow for skiing in the relatively undiscovered ski resorts in winter months.

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Paphos is one of the few places where you can drive for an hour into the mountains to ski and then return to the coast for a barbeque afterwards!

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Gorgeous Paphos Townhouse with stunning views & new pool

Gorgeous Paphos Townhouse with stunning views & new pool available to rent

2 bedroom 2 bathrooms with stunning sea views & beautiful brand new pool

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One double bedroom & second bedroom with two singles

Stunning panoramic sea views from balcony off double bedroom & downstairs terrace

Rear garden & front terrace

Air-conditioning throughout

Allocated parking space

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Located in Chloraka, Paphos

Quiet residential area -restaurant, kiosk, beach & bars within walking distance

Equidistant between historic Paphos harbour and the stunning beach at Coral Bay

2 championship golf courses Minthis Hills Golf Club and The Secret Valley Golf Club a short drive away

A week rental from £250 per week and longer term lets from £450 per month during winter season when there’s an average daytime winter temperature of 20-26 degrees.

Contact details for more information would be bellavista2010@hotmail.co.uk