Unmissable Festivals and Events in Cyprus

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January – June

 

Carnival

Limassol, Cyprus

February – March

Carnival is celebrated in all areas of Cyprus, but Limassol is where it is at its most entertaining and lively. The streets are filled with decadent floats which are themed and decorated, while festival goers are dressed in brightly coloured costumes. The atmosphere in Cyprus at this time of year is phenomenal!

Easter Festivals

Nationwide, Cyprus

March – April

The religious celebrations over Easter make it a great time to visit Cyprus. Flower parades, religious processions and huge ceremonies see communities gather together to celebrate their faith. Prepare for large feasts of local dishes including traditional Flaouna bread.

Agia Irini Day

Perivolia, Cyprus

May

Agia Irini Day is one of the many saints’ name-days that are celebrated in Cyprus. Local churches are the places to be during these festivities, and celebrations include processions, ceremonies and feasts.

Shakespeare at the Kourion

Kourion, Cyprus

June

The Greco-Roman theatre at the Kourion is situated on a hill that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Each year, the Performing Arts for Cyprus Charities perform Shakespearean plays for guests. This is one of Cyprus’ greatest annual arts and literature events.

Feast of Kataklysmos (The Festival of the Flood)

Coastal Towns, Cyprus

June

The whole of the Cypriot coastline comes alive in June when the Feast of Kataklysmos brings crowds to the coastal towns. A massive feast and procession take place between the various boat races and water sporting events.

 

July – December  

Limassol Wine Festival

Limassol, Cyprus

August

Cheap holidays to Cyprus can still mean enjoying events like the Limassol Wine Festival, where locals and holidaymakers relax over Cypriot wine together. If you’re travelling in August, booking in advance is the best option.

The festival lasts for ten days and includes theatre performances and concerts as well as showcasing one of the world’s oldest wines, the Cypriot Commandaria.

Aphrodite Opera Festival

Paphos Castle, Paphos, Cyprus

September

Taking place within the medieval castle at Paphos Harbour, this annual event sees masses of locals and tourists dressed in their best for an operatic extravaganza. This is perhaps the most prestigious event on Cyprus’ cultural calendar.

KYPRIA Festival

Various Locations, Cyprus

September- October

The KYPRIA Festival is a celebration of arts and culture in Cyprus with events and performances from genres including ballet, theatre, cinema, music and opera. Performers travel from all over the globe to attend the festival and it has been internationally acclaimed for many years.

Christmas Festivals

Nationwide, Cyprus

December

December is an amazing time to visit Cyprus thanks to the importance of Christmas in the Greek Orthodox calendar. Although Christmas is not as commercialised as it is in other European countries, there is still plenty to appreciate. Try the Cypriot version of Christmas cake which is made with glyka tou koutaliou (fruits preserved in syrup).

For more information on visiting Cyprus visit:

Visit Cyprus

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Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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