The Statos Agios Photios Rural Festival

Published 23rd of September, 2018

Among the highlights of late Summer / early Autumn in the Paphos region are the village festivals that are held throughtout the area. Statos - Agios Photios has an annual event, and given that we have already visited the deserted forerunners of the twin village, it seemed only fair that we should check out their offering, to show you that the village is very much alive.

A Popular Spot!

statos_agios_photios_festival_01

I have been meaning to write a blog about Statos - Agios Photios for some time now. It is a newish village, formed when the inhabitants of Statos and Agios Fotios abandoned their villages due to the threat of landslides brought on by years of terrible weather conditions and neglect. The old villages are great fun to explore, but the new village is well worth a visit too.

Now, because of our previous explorations, I already had a good idea of a route to the festival that avoided the traffic. Sure enough, we were able to drive nice and close before parking the car (having first turning it round to allow for an easy exit). It was a short walk from there to the main event. As you can see from this photo, it was already getting crowded, and the festival had only been open for about fifteen minutes.

The Festival Beckons

statos_agios_photios_festival_02

We weren't exactly sure where the festival was being held, so we just followed people who looked like they knew where they were going.

Heavy Police Presence

statos_agios_photios_festival_03

A token police car was there to keep an eye on things. Other than that, everybody was left to have fun and enjoy themselves.

To The Festival

statos_agios_photios_festival_04

The festival appeared to be on two sides of a large, central car park. We decided to start on the right and work our way anti-clockwise around.

Local Wineries Out In Force

statos_agios_photios_festival_05

Given the amount of vineyards you drive through in order to get to the festival, you shouldn't be surprised to see the local wineries out selling their produce.

Page 1 of 8

Related Blogs:

Abandoned Villages - Statos

Statos is unusual, as abandoned villages go. People deserted it not because of inter-communal fighting, but because of the threat of landslides. And then, no sooner had they emptied, some of the abandoned buildings were repopulated. Were villagers returning, or had outsiders moved in, prepared to take the risk of landslide?

Abandoned Villages - Agios Fotios

Given that I wrote a blog about Statos last week, it would be unfair of me not to cover its close neighbour, Agios Fotios. Their histories are intertwined, as they were both abandoned for the same reason. Indeed, they merged to form a new, single town, called Statos Agios - Fotios. So what was left behind...

Peyia Village Market

Village markets come in all shapes and sizes in Cyprus. The other week, we decided to visit the monthly market in Peyia. The ladies wanted some gift ideas, and I wanted some chutney. This is our report...

Latest Blog Articles

Limni Crystal Hunting

We've long been fans of hunting for exotic crystals in the countryside of Cyprus. Half the fun of it is finding an interesting geological location. But it can also be a lot of hard work. So we thought we would show you it is possible to find some nice crystals with nothing more than a little hammer. They won't win any awards, but they are easy to find, and make a change from looking for shells on the beach...

Pafos Zoo

Paphos region is full of beautiful countryside, interesting villages and historical sites but earlier this week we decided to take our daughter to visit Pafos Zoo.

Mousere

If you are driving to Troodos on the Kouklia - Dora road, you will pass through Mousere just after Archimandrita. It isn't a very big place, but it is worth a look around, as there are some nice views coupled with some interesting ruins. Plus, the locals are very welcoming...

Polis Beach

Polis Beach took a bit of a battering over the winter months. An unexpected river came for a visit, and left it in a bit of a state. We were curious to see if it was once again beach fit...

Latest News Articles

Cyprus marks 45th anniversary of Turkish invasion

Cypriots woke up Saturday to the sound of sirens, marking the 45

The invasion of Cyprus came only five days after the coup engineered by the military junta, then ruling Greece, that toppled the democratically-elected president of Cyprus, the late Archbishop Makarios III.

Hot weather set to return next week

While temperatures have been lower than normal this week, it is time to enjoy the last of the relief as they are set to increase over the weekend with a long spell of very hot weather expected next week.

Weather portal Kitas Weather said that temperatures inland are expected to reach 38C on Saturday, 39C on Sunday and Monday and 40C from Tuesday to Sunday.

Attempt to obstruct turtle protection programme on Polis beach (video)

There were astonishing scenes on a Polis Chrysochous  beach yesterday when the community leader and residents of Argakas attempted to prevent a team from the turtle protection programme from doing their work, Phileleftheros reports.

Two and a half years for man who killed Briton in hit-and-run

The Paphos Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Demetris Ilidzides to two and a half years in prison for causing the death of father-of-two Robert James (Charlie) Birch, 39, through reckless driving last year in Peyia.