We simply cannot sing the praises of spring in Cyprus enough! The countryside is more beautiful than ever, and as the weather gets warmer, it’s still mild enough to be able to enjoy activities in the great outdoors before the great summer heatwave arrives. And My Cyprus Insider proposes that you get friends or family together and plan an outdoor escape this month, with some great festivals giving you a taste of rural life and all things glorious in nature!
1. For the sports lover: 2017 Cyprus Walking Festival
Want to make the most of the natural world this spring on foot? Then look no further than the 2017 Cyprus Walking festival, about to give nature lovers great reason to rejoice, with numerous organised walking tours around the island.
Organised by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Forestry Department, you’ll be tempted to walk through many paths less explored, from trails by the enchanting coastline, to the pine clad mountain peaks.
Put your best foot forward with professional guides on hand to get you better acquainted with the island’s rich flora and fauna and its unique geology. With plenty of different walks to choose from across the country, click here for the full programme of events. Whether you fancy exploring Cape Greco or wish to take in the splendour of the Troodos peaks, do be sure to wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on rough terrain to really make the most of the experience.
Where? Around Cyprus. March 15th 2017- May 21st 2017. Click here for the full programme of events.
2. For the animal lover: 1st Donkey and Herb Festival
A celebration of all things donkey and herb related? Yes, that’s right! Cyherbia Botanical Park and Golden Donkeys farm are about to join forces for a couple of days that are set to be rather different to the rest, on the grounds of the Golden Donkeys Farm in Skarinou on March 25th and 26th.
Throughout the two days of the event, you’ll get to sip on free herbal tea, donkey’s milk, herb cocktails and more, while you nibble on grape and carob products and a whole variety of traditional goods. Botanist, Miranda Tringi, will be at the venue giving a talk about the health benefits of herbs, while you can also find out more on goats’ milk as you enjoy a talk by Photis Papadimas.
Young ones will have heaps of fun with a treasure hunt, storytelling, a herb workshop, crafts and more. They’ll also be music with a traditional twist to enjoy, with Lefteris Moshovias playing with musical instruments made from recycled materials!
Where? Golden Donkeys Farm, Skarinou. March 25th and 26th. Adults €4/ children over 5, €2. Tel: 70000620
3. For the flower lover: 11th Agros Rose Festival
Every year, the slopes of Agros village and the surrounding countryside are blanketed in glorious pink as roses bloom and the heart of the Pitsallia region becomes a real focal point. This May will see the village of Agros come to life yet again with festivities that pay homage to the mighty rose that villagers use to produce rose oil, rosewater, liqueur and brandy.
Between May 12th and 14th and May 20th and 21th, you’ll have the chance to visit local workshops and learn all about the distillation of roses. They’ll also be a rose exhibition, traditional products to buy, and folk dancing with lots of music. What’s more, it’s all free for the public to enjoy. More details will be posted closer to the time on the Agros Village facebook page.
Where? Agros village. May 12th & 14th. May 20th & 21st.