Have you ever been to a Lavender Festival? I bet not.
Me neither, until few weeks ago.
In the name of adventures, and exploring the world beyond Paphos, we packed our bags and the little person and took a long 1.5 hours drive towards Larnaca. We stayed in a small boutique hotel in the middle of the town and after a little nap and refreshment drove further towards CyHerbia Botanical Park.
The road took us in between fields, tiny little villages where farmer tracks park in the middle of the road and cats descend on your car the moment you stop somewhere. If we haven’t had our GPS, we would have thought we reached the end of the world.
Luckily, there was a sign confirming that we are on the right track. We arrived later in the afternoon and missed most of the workshops and biggest crowds of people (on purpose).
We bought tickets at the gate and thought we should check the shop first and then the gardens.
Everything smelled of lavender. And there was a lot of it.
Earlier in the day, there were workshops for kids to make their own lavender dolls, they served lavender tea and let the kids run loose on the roof with the hammocks.
The main lavender fields were just around the corner, with a pretty seating area.
Beware because there are predators on the loose – bees. Actually, the event should have been called Lavender Beestival. If you’re allergic to these guys as I am, just bring your first aid kit.
After a short walk along the lavender fields and race away from flying bees, we went back to the main building to check the view from the top and take a stroll in the maze.
This a-maze-ing part of the park was probably our little guy’s favorite bit of the trip. We let him loose and watched him run like a wind, occasionally crashing face first to the hedge.
By the time we got out of the maze, his legs and arms were covered in white dust from the gravel.
He sat down to properly examine few of the specimen. The gravel passed his test of quality and he made sure that it was spread evenly on his legs and arms.
After a quick wash in the toilets, we went upstairs to check the hammocks.
The view from the top of the viewing platform was beautiful. One thing I regret is not making it to the edge of the maze, where you’ll find another viewing platform with a proper view of the maze. Maybe next time.
A beautiful fun-filled day in the nature with my two guys and some beesties chasing us along the way among lavender. Can’t wait to go back next year, properly equipped in a bee protective suit.