Sunshine all the way so a water flight is the perfect way to cool off!

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”

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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

 

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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

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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.

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4.       Enjoy a leisure cruise between Paphos and Coral Bay so you can watch the sun set while catching the off shore breeze

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5.       Hike in the cooling pine forests in the Troodos mountain range only 45 minute drive from Bella Vista

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There is currently availability for a few weeks in July and August please contact me at bellavista2010@hotmail.co.uk for more information or to make a reservation.

1st March – spring is finally here at last!

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Spring is here at last and for those of us unfortunate to be in the UK we’ve seen some of the worst weather on record however if you’ve been in the sunshine paradise I like to call Cyprus then you enjoyed a prolonged summer with temperatures of 30 degrees well into November – you lucky things!

Anyway today we had the first day of spring in the UK today with unbroken blue skies and bright sunshine all day – first this year.  Felt so great especially as everyone seemed in such a good mood!

Spring has also sprung in Paphos as plants are beginning to flower, there are buds on the trees and it’s already enjoying daytime temperatures of 18 degrees.

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Maybe time to start thinking about booking that spring break or summer holiday?

If you plan to be in Cyprus next week then don’t miss joining in with the celebrations of Green Monday on 7th March.

Green Monday marks the beginning of Lent and is celebrated in Cyprus with picnics, outdoor fun and plenty of music and dancing. The day is filled with the spirit of Carnival and some people still wander around in fancy dress.

Families and friends gather for an outdoor vegetarian meal of bread, vegetables and olives at the start of this Orthodox festival of fasting and contemplation.

In Paphos, a kite-flying competition takes place down by the lighthouse just off Tomb of the Kings road.  People of all ages fly home-made or locally purchased kites and it’s a magically colourful sight to be seen.

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Celebrate Green Monday in Agia Napa at Cape Gkreko, in Larnaka at Tekke Grove, in Paphos at Faros Beach, in Pervolia (Larnaka District) at the Rigena Medieval Tower and in Polis at the Polis Municipal Beach.

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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/