Paphos Events, Things to Do and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Paphos, Cyprus)

Photo of local carnival celebrationsThere are a number of very enjoyable festivals that take places throughout the year in Paphos, celebrating the most appealing aspects of Cyprus, including its history and its religious beliefs. For the best in local entertainment and a good night out, the 'Bar Street' of Paphos is the place to head.

Seasonal things to do in Paphos range from springtime carnivals and flower festivals, to open-air concerts in the summer months. However, it is the annual Paphos Aphrodite Festival each September that is especially notable and this popular event features classical operatic performance under the stars, at Pafos Castle.

Further carnival picture

Paphos Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015: General Information

The main yearly events that take place in the Paphos area and draw the biggest crowds are shown below:

  • Limassol Carnival - late February / early March, a Mardi Gras style party, held close by in Limassol
  • Paphos Marathon - March, an important running race, attracts large numbers of runners and cheering spectators
  • EU Accession Day - May 1st, an important day in modern Cyprus history and a good excuse to party
  • Paphos Flower Festival - May, a celebration that spring has well and truly arrived on Cyprus
  • Concert for the Youth - July, one of the many summer concerts that take place around the resort
  • Koumandaria Festival - July, offering a chance to sample local Cypriot wines
  • Ancient Greek Drama Festival - July and August, at the spectacular Kourion amphitheatre, close by, as well as venues in Paphos
  • Arkadia Festival - August, held close by, in the village of Kallepeia
  • Limassol Wine Festival - late August to mid-September, a major wine-tasting event in nearby Limassol, taking place at the city's Municipal Gardens
  • Paphos Aphrodite Festival - September, open-air opera at the Castle Square
  • World Tourism Day - late September, promoting Cypriot tourism and features a vibrant party atmosphere