Pafos Aphrodite: A real treat for opera lovers

This highly coveted event takes place every September with the Pafos Medieval Castle and moonlit sea forming a magnificent backdrop to the prestigious occasion. Attracting a cultured crowd from Cyprus and beyond, performances in previous years have included Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”.

Wine Festival

Savour your favourite tipple in a spirited atmosphere that comes to life at the end of August through to September within the Limassol Municipal Gardens. With a whole range of local wineries offering crowds a good taste of their produce, there’s also the chance to witness folk dancing in all its glory and the stomping of the grapes in the good old-fashioned way.

Kypria International Festival

High calibre international and local artists take part in a series of performances in the months of September and October, forming one of the highlights of the Ministry of Education and Culture’s yearly agenda. Offering the best of dance, music and theatre, there’s something for everyone with shows in theatres across the island.

Carnival Celebrations

The pride and joy of Lemesos, the seaside town buzzes with life in the weeks leading up to Lent as the municipality pulls out all the stops. With carnival balls, costume competitions and various street shows, the whole celebration culminates in a Grand Parade along the town’s main streets on the Sunday before the start of Lent each year.

Year Round Festivities

No matter when you visit the island, there is always a plethora of unique occasions to indulge in hailing the religious saints or savouring the glories of famed village produce. From the mountain “Pastelli” festival dedicated to a traditional sweet made from Carob juice, to the “Zivania” festival hailing local tipple, you’ll bear witness to a huddle of excited crowds indulging in these delights. Seaside towns also embrace their share of fun with Epiphany Celebrations witnessing the Holy Cross thrown into the sea and retrieved by whomever is brave enough to tackle the cold sea waters, whilst the hugely popular summer Festival of the Flood (Kataklysmos) has crowds celebrating island wide.