Surrounded by pine woods, rich spring waters and cherry trees, the village of Pedhoulas lies in the Marathasa valley, high on the Troodos mountain, at an altitude of 1100 m.a.s.I. It takes the same time to reach Pedhoulas either from the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, or the town of Limassol on the south coast of the island. Pedhoulas is also situated very close to mount Olympos, the highest peak on the island. The village has 150 permanent residents, but also many thousands of visitors throughout the year, especially in the summer.
According to tradition Pedoulas’ name came from two words, “pediada” which means valley and “las” which means people.
Pedhoulas attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year, being a very popular resort for Cypriots during the summer months. Visitors come to Pedhoulas looking forward to enjoying the refreshing cool and dry climate of the area while taking a break away from the noise of the city and the strain of modern life. In Pedhoulas the visitor enjoys the natural beauty of the place while experiencing local traditional hospitality.
An ideal destination for nature lovers, the village offers a great choice of nature trails for those that love to walk as well as for the ones who prefer to cycle.
At the same time one can visit many interesting places such as the local Byzantine museum which exhibits valuable religious items coming from 6 of the 12 chapels of the village. At the Folkloric museum one can see tools and photos bringing to life a number of traditional crafts such as those of the chair-maker, the baker, the metal-worker, the zivania producer, as well as many other articles related to village life.
The visitor can also visit the chapel of Archangelos Michael (built in 1474 A.D.). The chapel is included in the catalogue of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO since 1985. It presents incredible wall paintings of the New Testament and many religious figures painted by the well-known artist Minas. Another walk can take the visitor to the chapel of the Holy Cross of Fithkia. An impressive cross of 25 metres height can be found in the yard of the chapel.
Any time of the year, Pedhoulas is ready to warmly welcome any visitor, having a lot to offer regardless of the season: Come to help us pick up cherries in June or grapes in September or just to assist us in local sweets making all year round. Come to enjoy the snow in January or the cool breeze in June. Come to enjoy the breathtaking nature in spring with all cherry trees dressed in white or join us during autumn to admire the amazing color of falling leaves.
Amenities and facilities:
Pedoulas, home of origin of the business tycoon Sir. Stelios Hadjioannou is a ‘gem’ in the heart of Cyprus and has historically been one of the Troodos region’s main villages. Therefore, it has an above average level on infrastructure, services and facilities in place for both residents and visitors. The resort also has a long reputation as a center of environmental research as well as cultural center and caters for this role accordingly with accommodation, restaurants, entertainment and outdoor activities.
Although Pedhoulas is a small mountain village, it has very good infrastructure and facilities for locals and tourists alike and is able to meet the demands of a diverse range of visitors with varied requirements.
• Facilities in the town include: hospital, kindergarten, post office, police station, fire station, bank branches, petrol station, churches, Electricity Authority of Cyprus and the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority.
• The resort has eight operational hotels and in top of that several guest houses with a combined capacity for about 700 people. There are many traditional taverns and cafes to cater for guests of these establishments.
• Pedoulas is in the center of various natural springs, and its habitants are proud of this marvel of nature that blessed their home village.
• Pedoulas is world-widely known for its unique cherries and the various products that are created through them. The village has an annual major cherry festival as well as regular events that take place in the municipal buildings of the village.
• One of the most interesting natural trails start and end in Pedoulas. The trail (customizable) ranges from 4.5km to 7km and traverse through the mountainous pine forests, encountering streams with wooden made bridges and byzantine monuments on route.
• Pedoulas is a focal point of the Byzantine heritage in Cyprus, amounting 10 historical churches one of them is protected by UNESCO as well as Byzantine and folklore art museums.
• Pedoulas is the base for a center of environmental research, providing that could be of interest for scientists and amateurs of nature diversity and study.
Possibilities and Opportunities:
Pedoulas has traditionally been a popular tourist destination, especially among Cypriots. The market can potentially be boosted internationally also, by reimagining the tourist product, backed-up by the opportunities offered by Pedoulas developed infrastructure and natural resources.
The concept of special interest or alternative tourism emphasizes personal enrichment, learning, authenticity and active participation and include nature-based tourism, cultural tourism and educational tourism.
Nature-based tourism (Ecotourism)
• The natural environment is the focal point. Tourists engage in activities ranging from exploring the unspoiled natural environment, studying flora and flora, to various outdoor activities (often specifically those practiced by locals).
• Pedoulas is an ideal venue for many of the activities falling within this category, including: hiking, cycling, picnicking, birdwatching, fossils studying and many more.
• A region is visited to experience its unique ethnic and religious characteristics. Tourists seek to observe how locals live, work, play and interact with their natural environments. Local cuisine, byzantine art and religion are integral to the experience.
• Traditional village and rural life can be observed in Pedoulas and the neighboring communities. Visitors could sample local produce, e.g. wine and chocolate, and perhaps get involved in the production process. Cultural events/festivals involving local food/beverage, such as cherries, music and other performances could be arranged to attract locals and foreigners alike.
• Workshops are offered for byzantine hand crafts and making of products having cherries as their base of raw materials.
Religious (Byzantine Era study) tourism
• The UNESCO church of Archangel Michael
• The Byzantine Museum
• The Folkroric Museum
• The small church with the 25 meters Cross on the hill west of the village
• Walking trails to Kykko Monastery
• Walking trails to surrounding villages of Moutoullas & Kalopanayiotis
• Μomument in honour of Michael Stivaros from Pedoulas who was killed at Mpitsani-Greece during the Balkan Wars in 1912-14.
In addition to the traditional tourist makeup, Pedoulas has plenty of potential for attracting more visitors through special interest tourism. The range and diversity of potential activities on offer cover all the seasons, which could stabilize the market throughout the year and reduce the seasonality of tourism revenues.
Pedoulas is an extremely promising investment region presenting many opportunities, because of the unexploited potential and the investment prices that are generally based on current data and not on the real potential that could be applied and that is boosted as we speak from the government and European Union efforts and support.
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.