THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS
Beneath the whispering pines
Take a trip into the mountains for a refrashing break from the heat of the central plains and the coast. Rising to almost 2000 metres above the sea level, the Trodoos peaks provide panoramic views and a place to go skiing in winter.
Charming villages, some with cobbled streets and preserved folk architecture, nestle on terraced slopes amid vineyards and orchards of almond, hazelmut and cherry trees. Stop off at one of the preserved fruit desserts served as a typical island welcome, or dine on the locally produced rainbow trout, a speciality in the region.
Spend the day walking along one of the many nature trails, resting at a picnic site along the way, or visit the Visistor Centre in the Trodoos forest park area. The Cedar Valley is home to an unusually large number of Cypriot cedars and so far from the madding crowds that the only sounds you will hear when you switch off the engine of your car are those of nature. In the evening nightingales songs will lull you to sleep.
The Trodoos mountains are where the painted churches of Cyprus, superb examples of Byzantine art, can be found. The church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis in Kakopetria, together with those of Asinou and of Panagia tou Araka in the village of Lagoudera, are considered to be some of the most outstanding on the island. Kykkos Monastery, the largest on the island, has an excellent Byzantine museum and a golden icon of Virgin Mary, allegedly painted by St. Luke.