Many people visit Cyprus for its beautiful beaches and fantastic landscapes. Some even visit the island for its mountains and ski resorts. But did you know that Cyprus is also the home of astounding wild flowers? Today, we will tell you a little bit about where and when you can see the gorgeous tulips, orchids and blooming almond trees on the island.
Polemi Tulip Festival
In Cyprus, one of the most beautiful events of the year is undoubtedly the Polemi Tulip Festival. Hundreds of people from all over the world come to the island to watch the bloom of wild tulips. Since 2002, this event has been gathering tulip lovers together, and this year, you can become a part of this as well!
On April 1 (and no, this is not a joke), the village of Polemi, Paphos district, will welcome its visitors with the glorious views of wild tulips. The festival will commence at 11:30 at the Youth Center Square with musical performances from the local children and plenty of delicious (and free) wine. After that, you will be able to walk through the tulip fields along with experts that will tell you all about the beautiful flowers.
The most important thing you need to know is that under no circumstance can you pluck the tulips. No matter how pretty you think they are, just let them grow and bloom. Over the years, the amount of wild tulips found on the island has significantly decreased, so make sure you do not become a part of the reason why that is happening. Just take a picture, and it will last forever!
Blossoming Almond Trees Festival
Spring is probably the best time to visit Cyprus, as that is when the almond trees are in full bloom. If you want to see lots of blossoming almond trees in one place, and taste some traditional dishes while you are at it, then you should definitely visit the Annual Blooming Almond Trees Festival.
This year, it will commence on March 4, 2018 in the Limnatis village, which can be found around 20 km north-west of Lemesos. For a price of 5 Euros, you will be able to witness the gorgeous views of almond trees, see the performances of traditional Cypriot songs and dances, eat local food, learn more about traditional professions and so much more!
If this sounds interesting to you, you can hop on a bus that leaves from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation office in Germasogeia at 10:30. The bus will have a guide, who is going to tell you all about the festival. The bus from Limnatis village leaves at 14.30.
Where to find wild orchids on Cyprus
In case you do not know, Cyprus is the home of many wild orchids, some of which can be found only on the island and nowhere else. However, unlike with tulips and almond trees, there are no big orchid festivals in Cyprus that we know of, at least on the Greek side of Cyprus.
Up until last year, there was an orchid festival in Hisarköy (Kampyli), in Northern Cyprus. It occurred in the beginning of March and involved orchid walks, concerts and various other festivities. This year, we could not find any news about the festival, even though there is not that much time left until March.
That said, if you find yourself in Northern Cyprus around March 11, you can take part in the 15th annual Orchid Walk, which is organized by the Cancer Research Foundation. You can get a ticket for 35 TL and walk 9 km against cancer from the Kozanköy village to Karşıyaka village.
If your Cyprus journey mostly revolves around its Greek part, but you still want to see some orchids, you can go to the village of Kritou Terra, which is located near Drouseia, around 30 km north of Paphos. The village has many tracks covered with some of the rarest orchids that can be found on the island. You can also find some orchids on the hills between Drouseia and Prodromi. Be aware, though, that some of the flowers are so small that they can get lost in the tall grass, so look closely!
As you can see, spring is a perfect time to visit Cyprus if you love flowers. So get your tickets, pack your bags and go see the stunning nature for yourself!