The Troodos Mountain Region stretches across the centre of Cyprus it is worth considering as a holiday destination
. Troodos is about 45 minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea and some wonderful beaches. You could opt for spending a few days in the mountains and the rest of your holiday at a beach resort
and get the best out of your holiday to Cyprus.
Away from the beach areas you will find charming traditional villages to explore many remain unspoiled by development or tourism. There are monasteries, beautiful churches and some breathtaking scenery to enjoy. You can pack a picnic and take off on one of the nature trails; the Tourist Office can supply you with information and leaflets on recommended walks/trails in the area. One well-known trail in this region is the Caledonia Falls; it follows a stream to an impressive waterfall.
One village you should visit is Kakopetria, a beautiful village whose old quarter is a protected area. You can see local Cyprus chairs been made from wood and straw, wander around the old part of the village which has preserved much of its traditional architectural character. In the middle of the village is a large square where you can spend some time relaxing at one of the tavernas or restaurants. There are several churches around here to visit including the famous Agios Nickólaos tis Stegis which has some impressive murals dating from the 11th-17th century. The church of Agios Georgios Perachoritis also has some original 16th century wall paintings for you to admire.
Kakopetria is approximately 50km from the city of Nicosia about a 50 minute journey by car.
Another visitor attraction is to the Kykko Monastery the most famous in Cyprus founded in the 12th century it has a golden icon of the Virgin Mary said to have been painted by St. Luke. The icon is deemed to sacred to look at and is covered in an embossed silver plate. Nearby at Throne is the tomb of Archbishop Makarios which has turned into a shrine, on the trees around you will see handkerchiefs and small pieces of cloth put there as a mark of respect to the Archbishop.
Mount Olympus at approximately 1950m is the highest mountain on the island of Cyprus there are some stunning views to be seen from here. There are the white ‘golf balls’ at the summit a reminder it is a military listening station. If you are holidaying here in January/February you might just get the opportunity to do some skiing snow falls in the Troodos Mountains in the winter months. The snow fall is unpredictable but you might be lucky! If you would like more details www.cyprusski.com may be able to help you.
Pedhoulas is a popular village famous for its cherries; you should visit the church of Archangel Michael which dates from 1474 and wander through the maze of narrow steep streets. Another lovely quaint village worth visiting in the Troodos mountains is Omodos situated about 11km south-west of Platres, a wine producing village, in the centre of the village is the Monastery of Stavros which has some outstanding wood carvings, old icons and religious pieces.
You can rent a car to explore this region, rental is fairly reasonable; it takes about an hour to reach Paphos and fifty minutes to Limassol depending how far up the mountain you are. Troodos may not suit you if you are looking for a hectic nightlife it is somewhere to visit for those looking for a more unhurried pace of life! Cyprus is a place of natural beauty, with golden sandy beaches, picturesque villages, tree covered mountains and much more.