FAMILY HOLIDAY / VACATION TO CYPRUS | TRAVEL VLOG PART ONE!
Here’s why everyone’s holidaying in Paphos this summer
From art installations to music and dance, Paphos has become a holiday hotspot. We discover the European City of Culture 2019
Paphos is having something of a moment. A striking geometric marble installation towering over the Mediterranean and a bronze figure clinging to the rocks are clues that there is going to be more to this holiday than sea and sun-loungers. These two sculptures are part of Paphos’s ‘Signs In Time And Space’ project, which is just one of the art events created to celebrate the city’s status – alongside Aarhus in Denmark – as European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Paphos’s historic architecture and vibrant contemporary art scene are being enhanced with a huge line-up of cultural happenings, which makes now a better time than ever to visit. Music and dance performances and open-air art shows will take place throughout the year, with new additions to the programme every month (see pafos2017.eu/en for regular updates). Plus, ‘The Travelling Stage’ is bringing musical theatre to Paphos, with spontaneous performances that add a different dimension to the city.
Art goes pop in Paphos
Arguably the biggest and most important date on the European Capital of Culture calendar is 1 July, when ‘Eternal Voyages’ will bring artists from all over the world together with Cypriots to tell the stories of travellers who have landed in Paphos, using performance art and technology to pay tribute to the multicultural identity of the city. It feels particularly timely in the current political climate. Locals are also hoping that, combined with the idyllic surroundings, this art-fest might finally put an end to the misconceptions that Cyprus is all beer, kebabs and sunburn (at worst), or zoning out by the pool (at best).
The pursuit of culture doesn’t mean we’re not going to get to sample the joys of a five-star hotel in the Mediterranean, however. On arrival at the luxurious Almyra (almyra.com), I’m shown to my spacious, minimalist room. Beyond the sliding doors, a balcony overlooks the sea and offers glorious sunset views. The sticky air leaves no doubt that this is one of the warmest areas of the Med, and each of the hotel’s four – count ’em – freshwater pools looks more inviting than the last.
Video: Travel vlog: Day trip to Paphos Cyprus
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