Visitors and wine enthusiasts all over Cyprus have a unique opportunity each year to enjoy the nectar of the gods for free just like ancient Greeks, and this year Limassol’s Wine Festival runs through Sunday.
The southern town has come to be known for its carefree festivities, including Mardis Gras, but visitors this time of the year flock downtown for a slightly different reason, to enjoy free wine, watch traditional dance and listen to some amazing live music.
The festival takes place at Limassol Municipal Gardens, near the town’s seafront, where thousands of guests go to have fun, catch an outdoor play, and enjoy low-priced dishes including Cypriot meze.
There is also a children’s corner and lots of fun activities for kids, including shadow puppetry, storytelling, arts and crafts, magicians and people walking on stilts
There are pavilions manned by local wineries offering free wine to visitors, where guests can taste whatever they want and then purchase bottles of their favourite brands if they so wish.
There is also a children’s corner and lots of fun activities for kids, including shadow puppetry, storytelling, arts and crafts, magicians and people walking on stilts.
The festival is a perfect getaway for people who want to escape from their routine one last time before the end of summer, following the tradition of the Hellenes in ancient Greece where urbanites and peasants drunk together in state-sponsored celebrations.
But behind the celebrations, the festival is also a perfect way to promote Cypriot wine according to Limassol officials, who say they hold nothing back when it comes to promoting their brand.
The festival opened on August 31 and runs through September 9.
Information on directions, ticket prices, parking, and opening hours can be found by clicking here or by calling 25.344.402.