The Mediterranean summer is filled with a variety of colourful and lively festivals to celebrate local traditions and culture. Why not join the party and grab a cheap holiday with a difference in 2013?
Kas Lycia Festival, Turkey
Turkey Holidays in June are best spent in the Dalaman region, which comes alive with the annual Kas Lycia Festival. 2013 will mark the 15th anniversary of the region’s biggest festival, which showcases international and local folk dancing troupes traditionally on the last weekend in June.
Imnarja Festival, Malta
Cheap Malta holidays in June offer the chance to enjoy the traditional feast of St Peter and St Paul. The festival is known locally as the ‘I-Imnarja,’ which is derived from the Italian word for illumination. This deeply religious festival can trace its roots back over 500 years to the time of the knights. Today, Malta celebrates this festival of light with traditional rustic songs and dancing, designed to break up the agricultural calendar after a tough harvest season. Bare-back horse and donkey races provide an exhilarating end to the festival on June 29. If you’re struggling to shake off the winter hibernation, think holidays Malta in 2013!
El Jem International Symphonic Festival, Tunisia
The International Festival of Symphony Music El-Jem has been thriving for over 20 years, and continues to attract the best performers from across the world. Holidays in Tunisia in July are ideal for music-lovers of all ages, who can enjoy beautiful classical music by candlelight in the best-preserved Roman amphitheatre in the world. This ancient coliseum was built in the 3rd century AD, and once held up to 35,000 spectators, who gathered to watch gladiator shows and chariot races.
Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Greece
Economic troubles may have cut the length of the celebrations, but the Athens and Epidaurus Festival will still provide a much-needed party for Greece. In June 2013, the festival returns to its roots with a series of classical performances at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and Little Epidaurus. Musicians and theatre troupes will also tour the city’s maze of cobbled streets to entertain audiences of locals and tourists.The celebrations will come to an end with a spectacular Greek National Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore in the Herodeon Theater under the Acropolis.