Villages in the Troodos Mountains celebrate all the usual religious festivals, plus a few devoted to local produce. Because of the weather up in the mountains, those worth seeing tend to be concentrated into the spring/summer/autumn.

May

Agros Rose Festival (mid-May) Displays, activities, demonstrations coinciding with the blossoming of the village’s rose bushes. On sale are perfumes, rose water, rose brandy and even rose-based sweets.

Korakou Herb Festival Celebration of herbs, whether used in food, medicine, perfume or aromatherapy. Free buses run to Korakou from Germasogeia in Lemesos.

June

Sports and Fun Festival (last weekend of June) Cycling, rock climbing, downhill racing, archery and much more, in Platres. Open to all.

July

Cyprus Herb Event (late July). Similar to Korakou Herb Festival but held in Pano Platres.

August

Pano Platres Festival (mid-Aug). Music, dance, drama, craft and farming exhibitions in and around the village.

Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Aug 14–15). This big religious celebration takes place across the republic, but is particularly worth seeing at the big three Troodos monasteries – Kykkos, Machairas and Trooditissa.

September

Raising of the Cross (Sept 13–14). A particular feature in Omodos and Platanistasa.

Local Products Festival Held in Galata to celebrate bread, sweets and other local produce. Not exactly a snappy title, though.

October

Apple Festival (mid-Oct) Displays, exhibitions and tastings, all apple-related, held in the villages of Amiantos, Dymes and Kyperounta, accompanied by much music and dancing.

November

Kakopetria Festival Choral festival, but with plenty of other music, singing and dancing.

Zivania Festival (early to mid-Nov). Displays on the way in which this fierce firewater is distilled, together with the opportunity to drink some of it. Held in the villages of Alona and Pelendri. Inexperienced drinkers beware.

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