Originally posted April 9 2017, updated April 14th 2018
The orange festival at Massari is an annual event on the island, it usually happens either the last Sunday in March or first Sunday in April. Dates of many things here depend on religious festivals and lot of those move, either check in the local press, social forums or look out for the banners that appear on the main road and roundabouts between Massari and Malona.
One of the larger festivals on the island and happening outside the tourist season, it’s a traditional local festival. Free to enter, go with a group of friends and enjoy the atmosphere. Last weekend was a great turnout with locals and expats coming from all over the island to help celebrate the orange harvest.
Balloon sellers are at every event on the island and everywhere you looked there was a child with a balloon, some inventive games were being played around the olive trees near where we sat. Bigger children also had fun with large oranges.
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We left in the late afternoon, though I’m sure the music and fun went on. Set among the orange groves of Massari it’s a great day out. If you want to park close to the festival arrive before midday, and bring a hat as there’s stiff competition for the tables in the shade.
Dates for the Orange Festival:
2016 Sunday April 3rd
2017 Sunday April 9th
2018 Sunday April 15th