This weekend coming is Carnival time in Cyprus – marking the beginning of the 40 day period of fasting prior to Easter which officially starts on Monday 2nd March 2020, known as ‘Green Monday’. The closest Carnival parties for us will be in Paphos on 29th February and in Limassol on 1st March.
Paphos Carnival, will start at 3pm down at Poseidonos Avenue (the main road running through the port and hotel area in Kato Paphos): More Details Here. Limassol Carnival will start at 1pm at Archibishop Makarios III Avenue: More Details Here. Expect: fun, colour, fab costumes, fire crackers (be on guard!) and a lot of confetti!
Read more about the traditions that lead up to Easter in Cyprus HERE.
Today is ‘Tsiknopempti’ in Cyprus. This is the name given to the Thursday during Carnival or the “Greek Mardi Gras” period which marks the beginning of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox Church members can “legally” eat meat. Thus…everyone rushes to prepare and enjoy their favorite meat dishes, typically in vast quantities! We certainly made the most of our Tsiknopempti in the office today! Read more about this Cypriot tradition HERE.
Palaepaphos (meaning Old Paphos) is the name given to the area that is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty & Fertility, which was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world, and once a city-kingdom of Cyprus.
Palaepaphos is located within the modern village of Kouklia (just 5 minutes from Aphrodite Hills Resort), where excavations are still taking place today. It is a peaceful, traditional village, even to date, and soaked in history: DISCOVER MORE HERE
Cyprus is an island of contrasts; mountains Vs beaches; traditional villages Vs cosmopolitan cities; and the same goes for seasons – winter here can provide quite the contrast to summer, despite the sun shining throughout the majority of the winter months! We can have a morning skiing followed by an afternoon swim in the sea, it’s remarkable. MyCyprusInsider has put together a brilliant post that contains ten amazing photos of Cyprus this winter, it really is beautiful: READ HERE.
What’s not to love about going on holiday?! Everyone loves a getaway, especially escaping the sunshine, but it’s also important to remember just how good this is for you as well, health-wise. This lovely blog by Holidaysplease reiterates 7 health benefits of going on holiday, READ HERE.
Aphrodite Hills Resort offers a leisure and relaxation beyond compare; you can be as active or laid back as you wish with an array of leisure activities at your fingertips, an award winning spa, but most importantly, the sunshine.
Back in October we talked about the plans for two new wreck dive sites planned for Cyprus and last weekend, on 7th December, The Elpida was sunk off the shores of Larnaca. Steve Ford from Cyprus Diving Adventures goes into more detail, including a great video of the sinking, on his blog HERE.
Discover Scuba Diving! Scuba Diving is a fantastic choice of activity for visitors to Cyprus, and caters for all levels of divers from complete beginners through to advanced. Cyprus Diving Adventures offer our guests a free pick-up service, and discounted family/group and course rates: MORE HERE.