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Alternative Ayia Napa holidays: Stepping into the past at the Medieval Festival

Cyprus’ coastal resort of Ayia Napa is notorious for its beautiful beaches and vibrant entertainment scene. Unbeknown to many, however, today’s cosmopolitan hot spot was once a remote wooded valley steeped in myths and legends and covered in nothing but thick greenery. And now, the sunkissed and blissfully warm days of autumn will soon be honouring the enduring spirit of the past as the seaside resort enters the spotlight in legendary fashion.

Between October 7th and 14th 2023, the Ayia Napa Medieval Festival will transform the seaside town into a whirlwind of alternative activity against the backdrop of shimmering seas. A week of thrilling action beckons travellers from around Cyprus and beyond to witness the magic of a bygone era, where knights and jesters roam and the salty sea breeze carries the echoes of history.

First celebrated in 2006, the festival has taken on phenomenal proportions, gaining international recognition and celebrated as one of the biggest events in the Famagusta region. Here’s all you need to know about this year’s Medieval-inspired action as the countdown to the action-packed Ayia Napa Medieval Festival begins!

The lowdown on legendary Ayia Napa holidays in medieval style

Revel in enchanting performances, savour medieval feasts, and experience the magic of the Middle Ages, set against the backdrop of Ayia Napa’s medieval monastery in the centre of town, dating to 1500 AD.

The exciting activities featured in this year’s festival lineup are designed to captivate visitors of all ages, transporting everyone to a captivating bygone era of fun and adventure.

Local talent and international musical and theatrical groups will enter the spotlight, jetting in from Greece, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Belarus, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Keep your eyes peeled for spectacular street theatre, a theatre performance within the scenic monastery grounds, inspiring concerts, and exuberant dance shows.

Last but not least, no medieval festival in Cyprus would be complete without sprightly Knightly action paying homage to the 300-year legacy of the Crusaders on the island. This year, numerous teams and schoolchildren will be parading through the seaside town in an event aptly named ‘The streets of Crusaders’ dressed in medieval costumes and keeping the flame of the past alive. 

A medieval market around the Monastery grounds will also transport you back in time during your Ayia Napa holidays. The market will be packed with produce to purchase and delights to devoir, including full-bodied wine (in wooden barrels) and medieval-inspired delicacies. You can also set your sights on stunning medieval weapons and embroidery. Or simply kick back and try your hand at pottery making or basketry in various Medieval workshops.

Where to stay during your alternative Ayia Napa holiday? 

The whole family is bound to love the timeless allure of the Middle Ages. You can make the most of your Ayia Napa holiday with the kids in carefree all-included five-star luxury at the Olympic Lagoon Resort Ayia Napa, just a five-minute drive from all the magical medieval action. 

Festival fun aside, sink into your sunbed and bask in the warm embrace of the October sun in the resort’s landscaped gardens beside shimmering pools. The little ones will also have a blast at the kid’s club while you relax in lush surroundings and succumb to sensory heaven at the Serenity Health Club & Spa. Or venture out for a stroll with the whole family and enjoy sheer bliss on the sandy shores of Landa Beach

If you’re craving a romantic break just with your other half, the Amanti MadeForTwo adults-only hotel in the heart of Ayia Napa is designed for love, within walking distance from the Medieval Festival. Spend your carefree days revelling in romance on the blissfully quiet grounds, dipping in and out of the sparkling Saffire infinity pool. Then, savour exquisite meals as part of the hotel’s half-board premium dine-around gastronomy offering and luxuriate in style with spa treatments à deux. The epitome of sunkissed holiday perfection awaits!

The 18th Ayia Napa Medieval International Festival will take place between October 7th – 14th 2023 at Ayia Napa Monastery, from 7 pm onwards every evening. 

Book your alternative Ayia Napa October holiday today. 

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