The Troodos Mountains
Take a trip into the mountains to discover an alternate view of the island. Rising to almost 2,000 meters above sea level, the Troodos peaks provide panoramic scenes to all corners of the island. A cool retreat from the heat of the coast and popular for taking in the healthy mountain air and enjoying nature in all its majesty with idyllic hours, spent in long walks in its scented pine forests in summer and winter sports and ski in winter. Here are many famous mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries and churches on mountain peaks, and nestling in its valleys and picturesque mountain villages clinging to terraced hill slopes. Nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos Mountains, are included in the official UNESCO list of cultural treasures of the World's heritage. Charming villages, some with cobbled streets and preserved folk architecture, nestle on terraced slopes amongst the pines or amid vineyards and orchards. A series of nature trails will take you through areas of exceptional beauty among scented paths running streams and the occasional waterfall, stopping at a shady picnic site.
Wander through the village roads in the Solea Valley, known as the “apple valley” and Marathasa, known as “valley with cherry trees”. Those areas are renowned for their traditional architecture and their Byzantine churches and monasteries. Explore the traditional character of the villages of Pitsilia area, the picturesque of the area, the interesting churches and the hospitality of their inhabitants and also the Wine Villages (Krasochoria), renowned for their vineyards and wine. A number of small wineries welcome visitors on wine tasting tours.