Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and the firs thing I think of when I think of Cyprus and that is halloumi! This post isn’t going to be about cheese though, it’s going to be about the top 5 festivals in Cyprus to help you plan your holiday and make sure you experience as much as you can! Wether you’re planning your honeymoon, a family holiday or just a week away, planning your trip to ensure you really experience what your chosen destination has to offer as well as getting the best deal can be tricky. Luckily Holiday Gems already has your back on the cost part but I have put together this little guide on my personal festivals faves.
Starting way back in 1961, this festival is held at the end of August in Limassol and if wine is your thing then it’s definitely worth checking out! As well as wine tasting there is also music, performances, traditional cypriot food and the opportunity to participate in the traditional art of pressing grapes! Definitely the one for the wine lovers!
This one sounds right up my street (no pun intended, haha!). Every year the streets of Saripolou and Athinon, in the old town of Limassol are filled with street and graffiti artists and the buildings, streets and abandoned houses will become a canvas for artists from all around the world. With food, drink and entertainment like stunts, jugglers and street performers there is something for all of the family!
The Strawberry Festival takes place every 2 years in the village of Derinya which is south east of the island and is all about, you guessed it, strawberries! With strawberry food, drink, sweets with performances and tonnes of strawberry related stalls this would be a great family day out!
Anthestiriya is a festival and parade of colours held in Limassol. It is all about the awakening of Spring and nature. This celebration originates in Greece which dedicated the celebrations to the honour of Dionysus, the God of wine and fertility. This festival is filled with flowers are sounds simply beautiful! With floral exhibitions, parades, music, dancing and a plethora of flowers available to buy, this is another festival which is calling my name!
This is held in Agros which is considered the top dog when it comes to producing rose petals and products within Cyprus. This festival gives you the opportunity to dance, enjoy rose themed food, join in with the rose harvesting, visit various workshops and get stuck in with some traditional village crafts. Another family friendly festival on this beautiful island.