At 1750m TROODOS village is only 250m below the island’s highest point – Mount Olympos. It has the longest history of catering for visitors (during the winter it doubles as a ski resort), and therefore has the best infrastructure, with numerous hotels and restaurants, extensive hiking and cycling trails, and a tourist office serving the whole region. It’s not particularly attractive – basically a clutch of tourist services housed around a central square – but if you want to get a taste of the mountains without roughing it too much, this is the place for you.Read More
Walks around Troodos village and Platres
Walks around Troodos village and Platres
The Myllomeris Trail
The easiest walk in the area, the 1.5km Myllomeris Trail is a one-hour return stroll which starts opposite and just north of the church at the bottom end of Pano Platres to the base of the Myllomeris Falls, an attractive cascade when the river contains enough water.
The Kaledonia Trail
Accessible either at the top end from Troodos village or from the bottom near the Psilo Dendro trout farm/restaurant, halfway between Platres and Troodos, the 3km Kaledonia Trail follows the Kryos Potamos river (one of the few in Cyprus that flows year-round) and takes in the eponymous waterfall which, at 15m is the highest on the island. The trail is well signposted, and drops down from the Presidential Summer House (built by the British as a summer residence for the High Commissioner), crossing the river along log bridges or sets of stepping stones, and passing through a variety of woodland. Pick up the pamphlet detailing the walk from the Forestery Dept visitor centre. Allow one to two hours each way. To avoid retracing your steps, start at the bottom end, then return instead of climbing on to Troodos.
The Artemis Trail
A 7km route whose start from a car park off the road to the summit is signposted from Troodos village, the Artemis Trail is particularly satisfying as it circumnavigates Mount Olympos at around 1850m and offers tantalizing views (including interesting rock formations and the remains of several Venetian fortifications), yet doesn’t involve much climbing. Again, a pamphlet produced by the Forestry Department explains everything in detail, including exactly what you can see from the various viewpoints. There’s no water along this trail, so bring your own. Allow two to four hours, depending on fitness and how long you stop to admire the views.
The Atalante Trail
Similar to the Artemis Trail but at 1750m it’s slightly lower (and therefore longer by a couple of kilometres). It has the advantage of starting right in the centre of Troodos village, and passes a spring with drinkable water. It’s not, however, a fully circular route.
The Persephone Trail
A there-and-back 90min to two-hour 3km hike to the top of Makria KontarkaHill, with extensive views.
Villages in the Troodos Mountains celebrate all the usual religious festivals, plus a few devoted to local produce. Because of the weather up in the mountains, those worth seeing tend to be concentrated into the spring/summer/autumn.
Agros Rose Festival
Displays, activities, demonstrations coinciding with the blossoming of the village’s rose bushes. On sale are perfumes, rose water, rose brandy and even rose-based sweets.
Korakou Herb Festival
Celebration of herbs, whether used in food, medicine, perfume or aromatherapy. Free buses run to Korakou from Germasogeia in Lemesos.
Sports and Fun Festival
(last weekend of June). Cycling, rock climbing, downhill racing, archery and much more, in Platres.
Pano Platres Festival
(mid-Aug). Music, dance, drama, craft and farming exhibitions in and around the village.
Dormition of the Virgin Mary
(Aug 14–15). A big religious celebration across the republic, but particularly worth seeing at the big three Troodos monasteries – Kykkos, Machairas and Trooditissa.
Raising of the Cross
(Sept 13–14). A particular feature in Omodos and Platanistasa.
Local Products Festival
Held in Galata to celebrate bread, sweets and other local produce. Not exactly a snappy title, though.
Cyprus Herb Event
Similar to Korakou Festival, but held in Pano Platres.
Displays, exhibitions, and tastings, all apple related, held in the villages of Amiantos, Dymes and Kyperounta, accompanied by much music and dancing.
Choral festival, but with plenty of other music, singing and dancing.
Displays on the way in which this fierce firewater is distilled, together with the opportunity of drinking some of it. Held in the villages of Alona and Pelendri. Inexperienced drinkers beware.