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.
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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 Department 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). The Atalante Trail 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
The Persephone Trail is a there-and-back 90min to two-hour 3km hike to the top of Makria KontarkaHill, with extensive views.