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Troodos Mountains

Troodos mountains should not be overlooked – there are lots of lovely top offs to explore on the ascent, the highlights for us are:

Troodos Mountains

Troodos Mountains

Omodos is a beautiful village located in a valley just before Kato Platres.  It is rich in history, has beautiful back streets, craft shops, side alleys and stone-built monastery – one of our favourite villages which is well worth a visit.  Pop into the house of Socrates if you get the chance, he’s a real character!  Googlemap Link.

Mount Olympos is the highest point of the mountains – pop to the top for some beautiful views, walks and even skiing in the winter season!  Googlemap Link.

verrengariaFor something different, drive to Prodromos village (near Pano Platres) where you can explore the huge abandoned ”Vereggaria Hotel“. Googlemap Link.

Other villages worth a visit: Kakopetria, Kalopanagiotis, Lofou, Lefkara, Pano Platres.

Artemis Trail

artemis-trail

Start point: 300m from the junction between the road to Olympus mountain peak (Chionistra) and Troodos on the Prodromos main road.
End point: Olympus mountain peak (Chionistra)
Length: Approx 7km
Time: Approx 2 1/2 – 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy trail, with gentle gradient.  Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Solid footwear and sensible clothes are recommended and don’t forget to take plenty of drinking water with you.  This circular walk is self-explanatory and easy to follow once you locate the starting point: follow the road up to Mount Olympus, take the turn for Prodromos and you will come across a small car park with a large wooden sign entitled ‘Artemis Trail’.  Follow the dirt path to the right of the sign and there will be arrows to guide you along the way.  The route is at an altitude of around 1850m and offers spectacular views in all directions.

Points of interest: Black pine forest, rare endemic species of flora and interesting geological formations, two x 500 year old black pines and ‘walls of the old town’ – ruins of temporary fortifications built during the last year of Venetian rule (1571).

* Look out for the random art sign around half way into the walk: it changes regularly!

Top Ten – Great things to do in Cyprus

10 great things to do in Cyprus – Sample local delights, take a dive, then pop a cork in a wine village.

1. Dive the Zenobia
This 120 metre Swedish liner went down just outside Larnaka harbour in 1980. It is a haven for aquatic life and
is perfectly preserved, a must if you are a scubadiver as it is one of the top ten wrecks in the world.

2. Mountain biking in the Troodos
The climate, terrain, views and mountainous nature of the Troodos mountains make it perfect for mountain biking. Hire bikes & tours
are a must if you’re into pedal power.

3. Snow to sand
In winter months (Jan – Mar) it is possible to hit the slopes in the morning on skis, then spend the afternoon on the beach. Be warned, this could be cold but it earns you great bragging rights!

4. Gaze across the Green Line
The island’s capital (Nicosia) has only recently emerged as a tourist destination, thanks to the opening of the Green Line (the no-go area also known as the ‘dead zone’ that divides Cypriot and Turkish areas) at Ledra street.  Make sure to take your passport in order to cross the border.

5. Visit the Blue Lagoon
Hire a motorboat in Latsi and set off on a solo trip round the picturesque peninsula. Snorkelling, dolphin-watching and sea turtle-spotting is an exhilarating experience in this beautiful oasis.

6. Take an end of summer dip
September is the perfect time for a dip in the Med. Head to Kourion Beach, soak up the rays then cool off in the balmy waters with a swim.

7. Eat big
Choose a good local taverna, find a seat & chow down! The meze consists of 20 courses – vegetarian, meat or fish mezes are available and are big social events with the locals.

8. Walk off the cobwebs
Cyprus has some beautiful walks on offer, with stunning views. Coastal walks, mountainous walks and more. Spring & autumn are the nicest times for walks.

9. Go archaeological
Visit the Paphos Mosaics including the Houses of Dionysos, Theseus & Aion. Head to Kourion (or Curium) – ancient city kingdom of 2nd century AD.

10. Wine taste
More than 50 boutique wineries are dotted across the Troodos Mountains, a day sampling their products is thoroughly recommended.

Blue Lagoon

  Blue Lagoon

Ski Slopes in Troodos

    Ski Slopes in Troodos

There are lots of great wineries in Cyprus

There are lots of great wineries in Cyprus