Cultural Winter lasts from November till April. Its program incorporates symphonies, concerts and recitals, as well as art, theater and dance performances by talented local and foreign artists. The main venue of the events that are free for all is the Municipal Town Hall.
Paralimni also organizes Cultural Winter in the months of November until April. The event is a celebration of Cyprus’s cultural heritage, which is explored through a series of concerts, dance performances, poetry readings and recitals.
Protaras is a predominantly tourist resort which comes under the administrative jurisdiction of Paralimni Municipality in Cyprus. In ancient times, where Protaras is now located, stood the old city-state of Leukolla. The city possessed a small safe harbour where the Athenian Demetrius Poliorketes sought refuge in the year 306 BC, lying in wait for Ptolemeos, one of the successors of Alexander the Great. In the ensuing battle, Ptolemeos was defeated and fled to Egypt, leaving Cyprus in the hands of Demetrius for a short time. Protaras is also referred to as "the land of windmills", maintaining the nostalgic quality of the past.
Protaras has clear sky-blue waters and sandy beaches, the most well-known of which is Fig Tree Bay. Building on the success of Ayia Napa, located about 10 km (6 mi) southwest, it has expanded into a modern holiday resort of considerable size with tens of high capacity hotels, hotel apartments, villas, restaurants, pubs and associated facilities. Being quieter than Ayia Napa and having less of a club scene, it has a reputation of catering more for family and Cypriot tourism. Cape Greco is a 10-minute drive from the center of Protaras, and is considered one of the most beautiful places on the island.
Protaras is one of the most popular diving destinations with some of the best dive sites of Cyprus and the East Med. Green Bay being the most popular dive site with thousands of first timers trying scuba skills. The Blue Hole, the Chapel, the Decosta Bay, Malama bay. Protaras most famous dive site for Technical Diving and Commercial Diver training is the Cyclops bay located on the border with Ayia Napa.
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Paralimni – Agia Napa
The golden sandy beaches of the free (non-occupied) Ammohostos district gently embrace the eastern corner of the island. The popular holiday resorts of Agia Napa and Paralimni have been called a veritable paradise for anyone who loves the sea and water sports. The charming scenery includes the tiny fishing harbour of Agia Napa, the mediaeval monastery at the heart of the village and the windmills and small churches in the surrounding villages which spread out to the areas of Paralimni and Protaras. This region is the main potato producing area on the island, and is known as ‘Kokkinochoria’ which means red soil villages. The village of this area are equally known for their folk poets, who are regarded as the best on the island.
Paralimni Cultural Summer Festival
In the hot month of July Paralimni Municipality invites you to Paralimni Cultural Festival. This festival is dedicated to the cultural heritage of Paralimni that is renowned for its folk poets and strong traditions.
The program of the event includes traditional dances, music performances and storytelling. Events take place in Paralimni and Protaras.
For more information please call on 23 819 300Ayia Napa International Festival gives to locals and tourists the opportunity to witness some of the Cypriot traditions in music and folk arts. The event takes place every September at the Sepheris Square at the Venetian-style Ayia Napa Monastery.
Agia Napa International Festival
Agia Napa International Festival was established in 1985 and become an annual event since then. These festivities reflect the historic, cultural and agricultural traditions of Ayia Napa and Cyprus as a whole.
Theatrical performances, operas, concerts and Cypriot and foreign folk dancing are all included in the festival’s program. Moreover, there are painting and photography exhibitions depicting the present and past life of Cyprus, kiosks with agricultural produce, Cypriot delicacies and folk art, and plenty of family entertainment.
Ayia Napa Cultural Winter
In winter season Ayia Napa presents to its visitors and locals a series of cultural events organized within the framework of Cultural Winter. It was first initiated in 1997 by the Ayia Napa Municipality in collaboration with the Cyprus Tourism Organization and has been well received by the audiences since then.
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