Troodos is the largest mountain range in Cyprus, located in the center of the island. Its highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 meters (6,404 ft), which hosts the Sun Valley and North Face ski areas.
The Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus. There are many mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries, and churches on mountain peaks, and nestling in its valleys and mountains are villages clinging to terraced hills. The area has been known since antiquity for its mines, which for centuries supplied copper to the entire Mediterranean. In the Byzantine period it became a center of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, away from the threatened coastline.
Troodos is the richest rural area in Cyprus in terms of economy and development, culture and arts. It has been the area of rest and rejuvenation of different conquerors of the island because of its climate and important location.
Today, Troodos is composed of different villages that offer a unique bouquet of activities, culture, nature and business activity some of which are Platres, Kakopetria and Pedoulas.
The surrounding area is filled with natural beauty and has much to offer, ranging from picturesque villages, authentic local cuisine, handy crafts, old churches and monasteries.
Troodos region is one of the top destinations in the world for nature (agritourism), cultural and religious tourism.
The Troodos Mountains contain 10 churches recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Sites. Agios Ioannis Lambadistis in Kalopanayiotis and Agios Nikolaos Stegis in Kakopetria are two of the most well-known. Many Byzantine churches and monasteries, including Trooditissa Monastery and Kykkos Monastery, are a short scenic drive away from Troodos. 45% of the Troodos mountains form part of a UNESCO-recognized geopark.
The southern slopes of Troodos, just south of Platres where the pine forests end, is the wine country. Of the country’s seven wine routes, three are in the Troodos area. Many wineries in the area are open for tastings. The wine region has several pretty villages worth a visit, with Omodos, which is about 9km from Platres, being the most popular.
During winter the northern face of Mount Olympus, about 5km from Platres, offers skiing, with four lifts in operation catering for beginners to advanced level. Nearby villages selected by the European Commission in the past as European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) include Phini, Troodos and Kalopanayiotis. The Troodos National Park covers 9,147 hectares around Mount Olympus. Numerous signposted nature trails offer the opportunity to explore the region’s fauna, flora and geology. Streams with impressive waterfalls are often encountered on forest walks.
The investment benefit in the Troodos regions, is basically the fact of having a very diverse range of activities and historical places but also the fact that the Troodos villages, connected between them through a unique transport network, form together a large community with interests for the entire family or even scientific research and business.
The Troodos network of villages and communities are one of the largest natural parks in the world, offering also cultural, educational, research and leisure activities in a welcoming place with many investment opportunities and potential for business growth.
With a history in wine making dating back to the Bronze age, Cyprus has been in the forefront of wine production for over 5,000 years. The Mediterranean climate and the fertile slopes of the Troodos mountain range created the ideal environment for vineyards to blossom. The development of indigenous varieties as well as the cultivation of other grape varieties, warrants the creation of exquisite wine.
Found at the heart of the Troodos mountain region, is a cluster of picturesque villages engulfed in lush forests and offering majestic views. The Lemesos (Limassol) Mountain Resort region, has to offer numerous opportunities for adventure, relaxation and everything in between. Step into adventure with one of the many networks of nature trails, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, or explore the region with mountain biking along cycling routes.
The fresh mountain air filling your lungs, the gushing waters winding through the mountains and the towering verdant peaks awaken the desire for an adventure unlike the rest. Whether it’s a fun filled family excursion, an adventure with the pals, an experience with your colleagues or a fund day out with your special someone the Troodos mountains promise an action packed day that you will remember for days to come.
With a favourable climate all year round, the great outdoors of the island is easily accessible, and offers a myriad of opportunities to take a journey through nature, history and culture, thanks to the numerous sign posted paths and nature trails. A total of 22 designated walking trails have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes and strong Mediterranean character of the island.
Troodos offers an opportunity to get some fresh air and explore nature on a bike! As a Mediterranean island it is blessed with sunshine throughout the year and stays shy of headwinds, making the mountain region a biker’s paradise. Within a distance of 10 km, explore rapid changes in terrain and scenery, from rocky to clay and steep to flat. Find a number of bike centers dotted throughout the island offering rental service, route information, guide, assistance and support.
One of the first chosen lands the Apostles chose to spread the message of Christianity, Cyprus has deep religious roots. Being incorporated in the Classical Roman Empire and the Eastern Byzantine Empire, the island had many Byzantine monuments worth visiting. Ten of them are of such great importance and historic significance they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List added in 1985. Churches dating from the 11th to 17th century can be found in the Troodos mountain range.
The gorgeous green wilderness of Troodos, nurtures some magnificent waterfalls. They may be rather small in size compared to those found in the rest of the world, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they aren’t beautiful. What’s more, you often have to make your way through some magnificent nature trails to get to them, as you’re given the chance to really experience the wild thick of things in the real rugged heart of the island.
Kalopanayiotis village was neglected with many run-down buildings. To inject life back into the village, a returning resident, with the help of EU funding, constructed a 29-room boutique hotel in an old neighbourhood and refurbished many of the surrounding traditional stone houses. A restaurant, bar, coffee shop, sauna, spa and wellness centre were added as amenities.
Old derelict buildings in the village of Lofou (near Platres) were purchased, elegantly renovated, expanded, and turned into hotel. Added facilities include a restaurant, pool, spa, gym and function room. Painting lessons, cookery classes, live music evenings, golf, sailing trips, wine tasting, cycling and mountain biking are some of the activities arranged at Apokryfo.
The abandoned old mill of Kakopetria village was purchased and restored, extensive renovations were made and a new stone building was constructed in the traditional style of the surrounding old village to establish the Mill Restaurant and the Mill Hotel. The Mill Restaurant and Hotel have been operational since 1987 and 1999 respectively and continue to attract scores of visitors to the town of Kakopetria.