Miliou (Μηλιού) in Cyprus will host tomorrow the second edition of the Orange Festival. The fragrant event will take place Saturday at 7:00 pm in the Agias Paraskevis square at the heart of the village. Admission to the festival is free of charge for the cultural and entertainment parts, but guests can purchase all kinds of traditional products made from or with oranges, including sweets and jams, liquors, juices, and fresh fruit. Special beer flavored with oranges will be offered too.
Nestling on the Laona Plateau, Miliou is a typical village with traditional houses and a population of less than 70. It is a bucolic hamlet surrounded by citrus groves and almond trees. An agritourism initiative under the Laona Project conceived by Friends of the Earth ran here from 1989 to 1994 to revitalize declining economies by introducing sustainable development. Many of the traditional limestone houses in the village were restored in the traditional Cypriot style through the project. This is why the village, although small and off-the-beaten-path, has a fresh appearance.
Miliou is just off the Paphos to Polis road between Stroumpi and Goudi. For more information about the festival, call +357 99450394. For more events in the Paphos region of Cyprus, visit this website.