Strawberries are one of the most popular berries in Cyprus that are available almost all year round. A village in the East of Cyprus called Derinia regularly hosts a strawberry festival which attracts not only farmers from all over the country but also a huge number of tourists. Learn more about when the strawberry festival is held in Derinia and what you can expect there.
Derinia: facts about a small village in Cyprus
About 60 years ago the first strawberry fields were planted in the small Mediterranean village of Derinia. This investment yielded such an abundant crop that the farmers continued growing the berries in their fields. Over time, the village became one of the biggest producers of strawberries in the domestic market and the inhabitants of Cyprus began to associate Derinia exclusively with this red berry.
The Derinia Strawberry Festival was conceived much later, in 1999. Originally, it started as an exhibition of different varieties of berries for farmers from other countries. But at the time of the exhibition, the organisers also created an interesting entertainment programme for the villagers and their guests. This made the strawberry festival in Derinia known far beyond the borders of Cyprus.
As for the village itself, despite its immense history (it was founded approximately 700 years ago), it under 7 thousand inhabitants. Virtually all are engaged in private farming, with a significant proportion of the population spending time in the strawberry fields.
While visiting the Derinia Strawberry Festival, visitors can also explore the village itself. Of interest for the visitors are:
In terms of investment in real estate in Cyprus, Derinia village is unlikely to be an attractive destination. However, it is worth visiting at least once and the Strawberry Festival is a great way to find out the most "delicious" things about the place.
Why go to the Strawberry Festival in Derinia?
First of all, it's important to understand when the Derinia Strawberry Festival takes place. Unfortunately, this event is only organised once every two years. The date varies every time, but the organisers try to have it in mid-May.
The festival is organised in a large stadium in the village of Derinia called Anagennisi. During the festival, all the farmers who grow strawberries gather there, and exhibit their ripe ones for everyone to see and taste.
In addition to the strawberry exhibition, the Derinia Strawberry Festival offers the guests
The good news is that entry to the festival is absolutely free. Here you can indulge in some of the island's delicious treats and buy Cyprus souvenirs for your friends and family.
How to get to the village for the Strawberry Festival?
The nearest towns close to Derinia are Protaras and Ayia Napa, where you should start your trip to the Strawberry Festival. There are three ways to get to the village:
You should ask local tour operators about the possibility of a comfortable trip to the Strawberry Festival. They often arrange inexpensive tours to and from the village.