Whether you’re planning a family getaway in the countryside, or you’d love to veer away from the beach for an afternoon to discover something a little different, My Cyprus Insider has narrowed down a few great events in villages around the island where you can enjoy heaps of traditional fun!
1. Musical Nights, Vouni, Limassol district
If you’re thinking of heading up through the gorgeous sun-kissed slopes of the Troodos Mountains and into the Limassol winegrowing district, be sure to stop off in Vouni, one of the area’s prettiest stone-built villages. Walk around the gorgeous cobbled lanes and then make a night of it in the centre of the village with plenty of merriment under star-filled skies.
On July 13th revellers will be spilling out onto the streets as the village coffee shops will come to life with live music and a dedication to traditional songs. On August 17th, you can enjoy live music in the yard of the grand village school.
When and where?
July 13th – village coffee shops. 8pm. Entrance with nibbles: €6
August 17th – schoolyard. 8.30pm. Entrance with food: €10
2. Taste of Pasta, Ayios Theodoros, Larnaca district
Luring all pasta lovers to the village of Ayios Theodoros on August 3rd, the narrow streets will become a hub of activity as everyone is given the chance to get a real feel of the traditional pasta production process. They’ll be plenty of tasting activities in the mix, while folk songs and dance gives young and old the chance to indulge in a fun atmosphere.
The kids will also be able to enjoy some shadow theatre, while chef Christos Christodoulou will participate in the fun, creating recipes with traditional pasta. That’s not to forget local wine tasting!
When and where? August 3rd. 7am-10pm. Ayios Theodoros, Larnaca.
3. Hazel Tree Festival, Platanistasa, Pitsilia region
A really unusual festival, this one will be hosted in the centre of Platanistasa; famous for its gorgeous hazel trees. On August 4th, prepare to put your best foot forward with an exciting late afternoon walk in the hazel tree forest while also setting your sights on various historic village landmarks. You can then kick back and enjoy music, dancing and dinner in the village square.
On August 5th, you can kick-start the morning with another forest walk, followed by traditional music and dancing in the village square, where local sausages, halloumi cheese, souvlaki and other traditional products and sweets will be available for purchase.
On both days between 10.30am – 1pm and 5pm – 7pm, visitors can enjoy tours and visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Byzantine Church of ‘Stavros Agiasmati’, with its excellent and well preserved 15th century frescoes. You can also enjoy a tour around the churches of the community, the Folk Art Museum and old traditional houses of the 19th century.
When and where?
August 4tth – Walk at 5pm-7pm. Dinner and music at 8.30pm. For reservations tel +357 99-218713
August 5th – 11am – 1pm. Greek music at 8pm.