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Paphos > Anthestiria Festival in bloom April 20, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Paphos.
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Heralding the arrival of spring in all its glory, the Anthestiria Flower Festival held in Paphos is set to be another colourful celebration of nature this year.

Taking its name from the Greek word for flower, the festival, which is held on May 6th, has its roots in ancient Athenian traditions of honouring the gods.

Boasting floral parades and food and drink stalls lining the streets, the festival attracts a large number of visitors. Fresh flowers also line the streets and lead the way into the town’s picturesque Old Harbour. According to Visit Cyprus, the country’s summer begins in May, offering visitors “high temperatures, cloudless skies and cooling breezes from the sea”.

Paphos is also home to the island’s St Paul’s Feast on June 28th and 29th, which marks the apostle’s journey after leaving Jerusalem.

Paphos: Cypriot town of beauty > Paphos is regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Cyprus, with the Western Troodos Mountains adding a stunning backdrop to the coastal town. The area’s outstanding natural environment is perhaps fitting as it is believed to be the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

And with a population of just 28,000, Paphos remains mostly unspoilt by development, with its old harbour and historic ruins proving a popular draw for holidaymakers. Plus, dozens of quaint villages nestle in the mountains surrounding the town, with life relaxed and seemingly unchanged for decades.

This gives tourists the opportunity to experience a slice of the real Cyprus, untarnished by commercialism and the growing holiday market, while also ensuring that the area delivers for more than just sun, sea and sand.

However, Paphos offers all three of those in abundance with the island of Cyprus offering long, hot summers and mild winters. And with local beaches such as Coral Bay offering luxurious white sand and clear waters, it is the perfect place to relax, top up the tan and enjoy swimming in the ocean without a care in the world.

For info > Paphos Municipality, Telephone 26 932116

Related Links > http://www.cyprustourism.org

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