Wine, glorious wine! With Cyprus boasting a wine producing history that dates back all the way to 800BC, the sun-kissed slopes of the Troodos Mountains rising up from Limassol towards Paphos are covered in rambling vines that call out to greet travellers at every step of the way. And with Limassol mighty proud of all the wineries that call the district their home – many located in the blissful villages of the area – it’s hardly surprising that this buzzing seaside hub hosts a festival dedicated to the glorious grape produce since 1961.
Visited by locals and tourists alike, it can get rather manic at times, but the occasion is well worth heading down to, if only to see how everyone gets so excited amidst the buzz as crowds rejoice in a great deal of merriment in an occasion that celebrates centuries of winemaking history! My Cyprus Insider gives you the lowdown on what to expect at this year’s event.
What can you enjoy at the 2018 festival?
Inspired by the ancient festivals dedicated to the God of wine, Dionysus, all the fun this year will spring to life on August 31st and will continue through until September 9th in the Limassol Municipal Gardens. Head to the occasion and you can try a variety of local wines while tucking into traditional Cypriot delights.
With all sorts of celebrations and shows to keep you busy at the event, you enjoy a swig of your favourite white, red or rosè while taking in all the entertainment set to include musical performances, dance shows, and even, theatrical performances. The festival will also give you the chance to get to grips with age-old traditions and winemaking procedures.
You’ll even get the chance to sip on wine based cocktails made by talents from the Cyprus Bartenders Association, as well as gastronomic delights made with the sweet Commandaria wine!
Keep in mind that the young ones can also indulge in a bit of fun with performances for children on specific weekend evenings in the playground area just by the main ‘vraka man’ statue.
If you love old cars, you’ll be in for a real treat on Saturday September 1st, as the Old Cars Club Limassol Club (LEPAL) will be organising a tour through the city streets, starting at 5pm from the Enaerios Parking Place and continuing through the city and onto the south gate of the Municipal Garden.
Limassol Wine Festival 2018 handy info!
August 31st to September 9th. Open daily: 7pm – 11pm. Friday and Saturday: 7pm – 11.30 pm.
Ticket price: Adults (above 18 years old), €5 with 20% off all bottled wines. Children and teenagers (from 6 to 18 years old), €3.
Limassol Municipal Gardens, 28th October Avenue. For more info tel: (+357) 25-344402.
Where to park?
Head to a large municipal parking space located on the eastern side of the Municipal Garden Theatre. For more info and the full programme of events, click here.