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Troodos

N 34°55.32', E 32°52.841'
2013-09-04
http://www.mytroodos.com
Our rating: 7.60
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Cyprus associates mostly with beaches and sea. However, the island also has a mountain range with a winter resort.

The main place where most tourists arrive is the Pano Platres village (1,125 meters). There are plenty of hotels, restaurants and tourist infrastructure there. We went to the highest point - Troodos Square (1,725 meters). This is not a town, just a square near the top of mount Olympus. There are two hotels, several restaurants, kiosks and tourist information center there. We stayed at the Troodos Hotel (booking.com).

Troodos Square
Troodos Square ©Yuriy Buriak


Troodos Hotel
Troodos Hotel ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the window of the Troodos Hotel
View from the window of the Troodos Hotel ©Yuriy Buriak

There is the British military radar base at the very top of Mount Olympus, so you cannot go there.

Antenna at the top of mount Olympus
Antenna at the top of mount Olympus ©Yuriy Buriak

Why tourists come to Troodos? It's much cooler here than on the coast, the temperature is at least 10 degrees lower, which is important on hot summer days. Also, this is the only place in Cyprus with a large forest. We came here to walk along the ecological trails that are just excellent in Cyprus.

A list of all trails with detailed maps and descriptions can be found here or here. We chose some and passed them in two days.

1. Atlanti Trail is a circular 14 km long path. The start and the finish are at the Troodos area, which is quite convenient. The trail goes around mount Olympus and offers the best views among all the trails. It took us about 4 hours, including the rest. If you find this trail difficult, there is still the Artemis Trail, it also runs around mount Olympus, but a little higher and is 7 km long.

View from the Atlanti Trail
View from the Atlanti Trail ©Yuriy Buriak


Atlanti Trail in Troodos
Atlanti Trail in Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the Atlanti Trail
View from the Atlanti Trail ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the Atlanti Trail
View from the Atlanti Trail ©Yuriy Buriak


Small ski resort in Troodos
Small ski resort in Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak

2. Caledonia Trail. We walked on this trail from point 7 to point 9 (3.3 km, see the map), since this area is the most interesting and easy. It goes all the way down and the Caledonia Waterfall is located here. Point 7 is located on the old road to the Troodos Mountains, near the presidential summer house. The old road starts near the tourist information office of Troodos. Point 9 is the Pano Platres village, we passed down through the village and continued to walk along the Millomeris Trail.

Old road to Troodos
Old road to Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak


Gates of the presidential summer residence
Gates of the presidential summer residence ©Yuriy Buriak


Small waterfalls on the Caledonia Trail
Small waterfalls on the Caledonia Trail ©Yuriy Buriak


Caledonia Trail
Caledonia Trail ©Yuriy Buriak


Caledonia Waterfall
Caledonia Waterfall ©Yuriy Buriak


In the center of Pano Platres
In the center of Pano Platres ©Yuriy Buriak


Restaurant in Pano Platres
Restaurant in Pano Platres ©Yuriy Buriak

3. Millomeris Trail is a trail to the Millomeris Waterfall. You'll have to go up a few times. Entrance to the trail is located about 400 meters from the tourist center in Pano Platres, there is also a pointer to the trail and it is marked on Google Maps. After visiting the waterfall we returned to the center of Pano Platres, from which we took a taxi to the Troodos Square for 15 euros.

Landscape near the Millomeris Waterfall
Landscape near the Millomeris Waterfall ©Yuriy Buriak


Funny fluffy fruit
Funny fluffy fruit ©Yuriy Buriak


Millomeris Waterfall
Millomeris Waterfall ©Yuriy Buriak

4. Persephone Trail is a flat forest trail, we passed from point 3 to point 5 (2.4 km one way, see the map). It offers a view of the giant asbestos mine. When the mine closed, the enormous workings were left as a blot on the landscape of Troodos. There is now a project that should eventually restore the landscape to its former beauty. The trail begins at 200 meters from the Troodos Hotel, right here.

View from the Persephone Trail
View from the Persephone Trail ©Yuriy Buriak


Unusual landscape of Cyprus
Unusual landscape of Cyprus ©Yuriy Buriak

All the trails are well marked, there are benches and numerous signs about interesting plants. Take comfortable shoes and water. Don't forget that the weather in the mountains constantly changes, so you can also take spare socks and an umbrella.

More photos:

There are benches for rest on each trail.
There are benches for rest on each trail. ©Yuriy Buriak


Huge parasitic plant on a tree
Huge parasitic plant on a tree ©Yuriy Buriak


Сones
Сones ©Yuriy Buriak


Flowers in Troodos
Flowers in Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak


Troodos
Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak


And this is the Pinus Nigra, i.e. the Black Pine.
And this is the Pinus Nigra, i.e. the Black Pine. ©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak


A layer of snow in the winter can be high.
A layer of snow in the winter can be high. ©Yuriy Buriak


Troodos
Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak


Horses in Pano Platres
Horses in Pano Platres ©Yuriy Buriak


One of the picturesque villages on the way to Troodos
One of the picturesque villages on the way to Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak


Map of Troodos
Map of Troodos ©Yuriy Buriak

Some links:
Map of Pano Platres
Website of Pano Platres
Information about cycling routes in Troodos

Getting there: We traveled by taxi from Paphos for 100 euros. Taxi from Larnaca also costs 100 euros. There is a bus to Troodos from Limassol, but only one per day. Official site of Troodos says that the bus goes daily at 9:15 am from the tourist information office near the eastern entrance to the Dasoudi Beach. This place is here. The bus returns from Troodos Square at 3:30 pm. You can also find the information about the bus to Troodos at the official website of Limassol buses.

Tags, Cyprus: ecological trail, mountains

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