Thanks to the warm Mediterranean climate in Cyprus, blooming plants on the island please the eye almost all year round. Every year Cypriots hold special festivals dedicated to certain plants or fruits, such as lavender, rose, almonds, apples, etc. And in the village of Polemi near Paphos, local authorities organize annual spring Tulip festival. The celebration takes place in a small village so Cyprus24 taxi service will help you get to this event.
Table of Contents
- 1. Tulip Village and Tulip Festival in Cyprus
- 2. Tulip Festival in Polemi
The people of of Polemi consider the tulip to be one of the prettiest flowers in the world. Near the village grow unique wild varieties of the tulips - Toulipa and Tulipa Agenensis. They are distinguished by an unusual elongated shape of the petals and the original color - bright red, with a black spot in the center, surrounded by a yellow border. Such tulips are also called sun-eyed flowers - Tulipa Oculus Solis, because each of their petals really look like bright colourful eyes. These two rare species brought to Cyprus long time ago - the soldiers of Alexander the Great brought bulbs from Central Asia upon the request of their commander. Later, during the Ottomans years, Turks cultivated these flowers for sale and exported them to various countries, including the Netherlands.
Hundreds of years later, these beautiful flowers got on the verge of going extinct - pesticides, used widely on cultivated fields, severely damaged bulbs and tulips faded. Luckily the Polemians in 2002 created a special Association for the conservation of wild varieties of tulips. Today these rare plants are not in danger. The organizers of the Tulip Festival, in their turn, also do their best to inform as many people as possible that rare flowers need protection.
Everyone wishing to enjoy the beautiful "Eyes of the Sun" Paphos taxi will take to Polemi at any convenient time.
Little known, but true: such a simple flower as a tulip occupies a significant place in the history of Cyprus. The tulips are depicted in ancient mosaics found by archaeologists in Kato Paphos. According to legend, Zeus gave these colourful flowers to those girls whom he wanted to charm and seduce. Homer once mentioned them in famous poems - "Odyssey" and "Iliad."
In March, when blooming tulips cover the fields like a colorful living carpet, the villagers start getting ready for the festival dedicated to these gorgeous flowers. In the mornings, excursions to the fields with divine tulips are held for Polemi guests, where everyone can enjoy amazing views and, of course, take some pics. Later that day, all the guests of the festival can do circle dances, watch performances by local groups, attend a souvenir fair. Not a single Cyprus holiday is held without treating visitors with scrumptious Cypriot food, so lunch with local delicacies is also included in the program.
With Paphos taxi you can easily get to Polemi in early morning to see the fields with blooming sun-eyed tulips and take part in festive entertainments.
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