• Welcome to the Mountains of Cyprus (Troodos)

Mountains in Cyprus
Useful Telephone Numbers
First Aid / Police / Fire Station 112
General Hospital of Nicosia +357 22 603 000
Lost Property (Police) +357 25 813 018
Limassol General Hospital +357 25 330 777
Kiperounta's Hospital +357 25 806 700
Environment Office +357 22 805 527
Troodos Divisional Forest Office +357 22 924 221
Exact Time 90901893
Kakopetria Post Office +357 22 922 422
Banking Hours
May - September
Monday - Friday: 08:15 am - 1:30 pm
October - April
Monday: 08:30 am – 1.30 pm & 15:15 pm – 16:45 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 08:30 am – 1.30 pm
Shopping Hours (Markets open at 9:00 am and close as below.)
Some companies still remain open on Sundays. Some shops close at 23:00 pm, mostly souvenir shops. Summer break time: from 15/6 – 31/8 is 14:00 – 17:00.
April - October November - March
Monday 20:00 19:30
Tuesday 20:00 19:30
Wednesday 15:00 15:00
Thursday 20:00 19:30
Friday 20:00 19:30
Saturday 19:30 19:30
Sunday Closed Closed
Highway system in the mountains of Troodos
Distance from Mountains
Limassol 57km
Nicosia 77km
Paphos 120km
Larnaca 123km
Agia Napa 150km
Protaras 161km

Post Offices

  • Kakopetria Post Office

    3 Panagioti Tomazou,

    Kakopetria

    Tel.: +357 22 922 422

    8:00–15:00 (Monday–Friday)

  • Agros Post Office

    30 Agrou Avenue,

    Agros

    Tel.: +357 25 521 347

    8:00–15:00 (Monday–Friday)

Troodos is well known for its Nature Trails, Scenery and Landscapes.

Mountains of Troodos in Cyprus
Troodos Square
Snowboarding in the mountains of Troodos in Cyprus

History: How Troodos was formed.

Troodos was formed on the Tethys sea floor, which then extended from the Pyrenees through the Alps to the Himalayas. It is regarded as the most complete, intact and studied ophiolite in the world. It is a fragment of a fully developed oceanic crust, consisting of plutonic, intrusive and volcanic rocks and chemical sediments. The stratigraphic completeness of the ophiolite makes it unique.

It was created during the complex process of sea-floor spreading and formation of oceanic crust and was emerged and placed in its present position through complicated tectonic processes related to the collision of the Eurasian plate to the north and the African plate to the south, a process that eventually formed the island of Cyprus.

The slowing and near-cessation of this process left the rock formations near intact, while subsequent erosion uncovered the magma chamber underneath the mountain, allowing a viewing of intact rocks and petrified pillows lava formed millions of years ago, an excellent example of ophiolite stratigraphy.

Troodos is the largest mountain in the island and it's highest peak is Olympos mountain. The area has been known since ancient times for its copper mines, and in the Byzantine period it became a great centre of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, away from the threatened coastline.

The Villages of Troodos

Pedoulas

Platres

Kalopanagiotis

Omodos

Galata

Moutoullas

Vasa Koilaniou

Phini

Evrychou

Pachna

Kouka

Kakopetria

Dora

Spilia

Fikardou

Louvaras

Malia

Koilani

Palaichori

Kyperounta

Lania

Agros

Kourdali

Prastio

Prodromos

Pelendri

Arsos

Marathassa Valley

Old Troodos mountains in cyprus

Skiing on the Mountains of Troodos

[Must Visit]

Skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus at 1,951 metres, usually from the beginning of January to the end of March.

Mount Olympus is only 3km from the Troodos hill resort, 12km from Platres hill resort, and about an hours drive from the seaside towns of Limassol, Paphos and even the Capital, Nicosia.

Location: Troodos Mountains.

Olympus

Kykkos Monastery and Museum

[Must See]

Kykkos monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Panagia) and this is the reason the locals call it the Panagia tou Kykkou. The monastery was founded in 1100, during the reign of Emperor Alexios Komninos, and now is the largest and the most charismatic monastery on the island.

The museum is an integral part of the monastery and houses a priceless collection of icons. The first President of the Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III, served here as a novice. At his own wish he was buried on the summit of Throni, 3 kilometres west of the monastery.

Location: Troodos | Near Mylikouri Village.

Tel.: +357 22 942 435.

Kykkos

Omodos Village

[Must See]

One of the most famous winery villages in Cyprus. Full of beautiful traditional houses and other interesting buildings. Omodos village has maintained its typical Cypriot tradition alive.

Location: Omodos Village, Cyprus.

Tel.: +357 99 444 650.

Omodos Village

Metamorfosis tou Sotiros

[Must See]

Metamorfosis tou Sotiros is a chapel on a hill overlooking the Palaichori and dates from 16th century. It is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains one of the most series of murals of the post-Byzantine period.

Location: Palaichori village, Cyprus.

Metamorfoseos tou Sotiros

Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis Church

Five kilometres away from Kakopetria there is another listed church by UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis church. It is covered entirely in wall paintings dating from 11th to the 17th centuries and is considered one of the most interesting Byzantine churches on the island. It derives its name from its pitched wooden roof.

Location: Kakopetria Village, Cyprus.

Tel: +357 22 922 583.

Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis

Panagia Asinou Church

Panagia Asinou Church dedicated to the Virgin of “Phorbia”, with wall paintings dating from the 12th to the 17th century, which are considered to be some of the finest on the island. The church also, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name of the church was taken by the ancient Greek city Asine in 11th century BC.

Location: 5km south west of Nikitari Village.

Tel: +357 99 830 329.

Panagia Asinou

Platania

Platania is a camping site on the road Kakopetria - Troodos (on the left) just 5km before Kakopetria. This camping site can hold a capacity of 2,900 people where an overnight stay is also allowed. It provide facilities like tables, barbecues, fresh water and washrooms. Enjoy the nature of the surrounding trees.

Location: Before Platania Forest station.

Platania

Trooditissa Monastery

Trooditissa monastery is situated in a beautiful spot among pine trees. It was originally founded in the 13th century, but the present church was built in 1731. The monastery was established immediately after the iconoclastic era. As with other monasteries, it was preceeded by a hermit who resorted there during the years of the iconoclasm. Nothing remains of the monastery of the Middle Byzantine period or the period of Frankish rule. The oldest reference to the Monastery of Trooditissa is found in a copy of a 14th century deed.

The church contains priceless silver-leaf covered icon of the Virgin Mary brought from Asia Minor. The monastery is closed to the public.

Location: Near Platres Village.

Trooditissa Monastery

Agios Iwannis Lambadistis Church and Museum

Agios Iwannis Lambadistis church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as is a complex of three churches, Agios Irakleidios, Agios Iwannis Lambadistis and a Latin chapel. First was built Agios Irakleidios in the 11th century, the Agios Iwannis Lambadistis church was built in 1731. Near the church is a Byzantine museum.

Location: Kalopanayiotis | Troodos.

Agios Ioannis

Platres Village

Platres is a picturesque village on the southern slopes of Troodos mountains, is also the largest Troodos resort. Platres is divided in two parts, Pano Platres and Kato Platres but when we call Platres we refer to Pano Platres. Over the years, Platres gained a reputation as the destination of choice for many notable people, including King Farouk of Egypt and the Nobel Prize-winning poet Giorgos Seferis.

During the tourist period Platres exceeds the number of 10000 tourists. If you ever visit Platres you must definitely visit the Kalidonia Waterfall, is a stunning landscape.

Location: Platres Village | Troodos.

Platres

Kalidonia Waterfalls - Trail

The Kalidonia trail is a 3 km long and takes a couple of hours to reach at the edge end. The starting point is on the Kryos Potamos river then follows the banks of the river with numerous crossings, passes from the beautiful Kaledonia waterfalls and end up at Psilon Dentron restaurant near the village of Platres.

If you wish to visit only the waterfalls you can start from the Psilo Dentron restaurant and walk up the hill for 20-30 minutes.

Location: Platres | near the summer Presidential Residence.

Caledonia Falls

Millomeri Waterfall

The water falls from a height of 15 meters at millomeri and is actually the highest waterfall in Cyprus, Kalidonia waterfalls comes second. Millomeri can easily approached by people, because of the road nearby, which constructed a few years ago.

Location: Platres Village | Troodos.

Milomeri Waterfalls

Archangelos Michael Church

Archangelos Michael is another church listed by UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates to 1474. The church lies in the lowest part of Pedoulas village. Also, as many Troodos churches, has a pitched wooden roof.

A few metres away the church, there is the museum of Pedoulas with Byzantine influences dating from 12th century.

Location: Pedoulas Village | Troodos.

Tel.: +357 99 262 070.

Archangelos Church

Panagia tou Moutoulla

Panagia tou Moutoulla dates back to the 13th century and is situated in Moutoullas village. This chapel is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village of Moutoullas has an ongoing tradition for carved wooden basins.

Location: Moutoullas Village | Troodos.

Tel.: +357 22 953 385.

Panagia tou Moutoulla
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Skiing in Cyprus

Skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus at 1951 metres a.s.l., usually from the beginning of January to the end of March. Mount Olympus is only 3km from the Troodos hill resort, 12km from Platres hill resort, and about an hours drive from the seaside towns of Limassol or Paphos or even the Capital Nicosia.

Early skiers used one long pole or spear. The first depiction of a skier with two ski poles dates to 1741. Until the mid-1800s skiing was primarily used for transport, and since then has become a recreation and sport. Military ski races were held in Norway during the 18th century, and ski warfare was studied in the late 18th century.

Olympus

Type of skiing

Alpine

Also called downhill skiing, alpine skiing typically takes place on a piste at a ski resort. It is characterized by fixed-heel bindings that attach at both the toe and the heel of the skier's boot. Because it is difficult to walk in alpine equipment, ski lifts including chairlifts bring skiiers up the slope. Backcountry skiing can be accessed by helicopter or snowcat. Facilities at resorts can include night skiing, après-ski, and glade skiing under the supervision of the ski patrol and the ski school. Alpine skiing branched off from the older Nordic skiing around the 1920s, when the advent of ski lifts meant that it was not necessary to walk any longer. Alpine equipment specialized to where it can only be used with the help of lifts.

Alpine Skiing in Cyprus

Troodos National Forest Park

The park was designated in 1992 and the main aim was to safeguard its rational use and to perpetuate the values and functions of the area. The forest park is great for activities and offers majestic and scenic views.

There are nine picnic sites within the Park area with a capacity for 250 to 2000 visitors. The picnic sites provide facilities like wooden tables, drinking water, car parks, toilets and children's play areas.

There are four places for camping. Three of these, are campsites for short stay with only rudimental facilities. The nature trails of the Park are well known and popular. Walk through the forests on one of the nature trails and take in the wonderful scents and aromas and enjoy looking at the waterfalls and surrounding views. In total there are 10 trails within the Park and one of them has been designed to be accessible by wheelchairs.

Location: Troodos

Troodos National Forest Park

Adventure Mountain Park

Adventure Mountain Park is located in the beautiful village of Kyperounda, which is to be admired for its breath-taking nature trails with the most known being 'Doxa si o Theos' which means embracing God. Adventure Mountain Park goes even beyond and offers you the opportunity to walk along the most stunning paths of Cyprus, engage in numerous activities both for adults and children while the less daring ones can visit the Botanical Garden with the treasures of Cyprus and their healing functions and at the end have a lovely traditional meal at the Restaurant while sharing your experience.

Location: Doxasi o Theos | Kyperounta, Troodos

Tel.: +357 99 674 126.

Adventure Mountain Park

Platres to Pouziaris and Troodos trail

Platres is a picturesque village on the southern slopes of Troodos mountains and is also the largest Troodos resort. Platres is divided into two parts, Pano Platres and Kato Platres but when we call Platres we refer to Pano Platres.

In Platres village you can easily walk and to do easy mountain biking in the extensive network of dirt forest roads in Troodos Forest. The excellent trails in Platres include the route through the amazing waterfalls of Caledonia, Millomeri, Chantara and Mesa Potamos.

Location:Platres, Troodos | Cyprus.

Platres to Poziaris and Troodos trail

Kalidonia Natural Trail

Kaledonia is one of the most beautiful trails on the island, it’s an amazing 3 km long trail and takes a couple of hours to reach the end. The starting point is on the Kryos Potamos river, then follows the banks of the river with numerous crossings, passes from the beautiful Kaledonia waterfalls and ends up at Psilon Dentron near the village of Platres. You will find many exotic flowers decorating the nature trails.

Location: Platres | Troodos.

Kalidonia Natural trail

Artemis Trail

The Artemis trail is also a circular walk around the base of Mount Olympus and offers spectacular scenery and cooling temperatures in high summer compared to the coast. They are also the perfect place to enjoy mountain walks or mountain bike rides using one of the many way-marked nature trails. Artemis trail is the highest track which are great for all levels of walker as there is little height gain with each trail being a circular route underneath Mount Olympus. The rocky nature of the terrain, however, does make it more challenging for mountain bikers.

Location: Troodos.

Artemis Trail in Troodos

Platy Valley

Platy Valley is one of the jewels of Cyprus nature, has fantastic views as you walk next to the stream. At the end of the route you will find the famous Kelephos, a medieval Venetian bridge.

Location: Starts at Miligkouri Village.

Platy Valley in Troodos Cyprus

Cedar Valley

The walk is straightforward and offers great views along the way particularly of the Cedar trees which are magnificent. The trail leads you up to the very top of Tripylos Mountain which is at a height of about 1362 metres. There are picnic tables at the end of the route.

Location: Tripillos area.

Cedar Valley in Cyprus

Olympos Mountain

Olympos Mountain is the highest peak of the island and if you reach the top you will have a perfect panoramic view. As you walk through mountain trails admire the abundance of green. The variety of trees and shrubs is amazing. You find trees like oak, juniper, strawberry, wild rose, pine and much more.

Location: Troodos.

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Trooditissa to Prodromos trail

An adventure trip from Trooditissa's Church to the picturesque Prodromos village. You may find yourself walking a lot but you will enjoy the natural beauty of Troodos mountain as well as help improve your fitness. You must be in shape to reach the destination!

Location: Troodos.

Trooditissa to Prodromos Trail in Troodos

Trooditissa

Traditional climbing is possible but there's a little danger due to the loose rock surface. Features bolted routes and a National Guard abseiling tower, overlooking a waterfall in the beautiful Troodos forest. With camping and picnic facilities nearby the location is a perfect destination.

Location: Troodos.

Troodotissa Walk

Hiking at Olympos Mountain

Olympos Mountain is the highest peak of the island and if you reach the top you will have a panoramic perfect view. As you walk through mountain trails admire the abundance of green. The variety of trees and shrubs is amazing. You find trees like oak, juniper, strawberry, wild rose, pine and much more.

Location: Troodos.

Hiking at Olympus mountain

Troodos Cycling Routes

Biking can be enjoyed all year round in Troodos. Possessing quiet paved roads, splendid scenery, great biking terrain and revitalizing fresh air. The official Troodos cycling routes are a 57 km path around Troodos National Park complete with area maps, directional signs, road markings and complete bike guide of the area.

Location: Troodos.

Cycling in the mountains of Troodos ti
                                Cycling in the mountains of Troodos

Environmental Education Center of Troodos

The Environmental Education Centre of Troodos, it is situated near the Troodos Square. The Centre, through its exhibits and services, aims to inform the visitor about the importance and unique character of the Park, various environmental issues, recreational facilities available and activities which are permitted in the Park. The Centre has a reception area with a small shop, an exhibition gallery and a film theatre. A botanical and geological trail is also connected to the building.

Location: Near the Troodos Square.

Tel.: +357 25 420 145.

Environmental Education Center of Troodos

Millomeris Falls

The water falls from a height of 15 meters at millomeri and is actually the highest waterfall in Cyprus, Kalidonia waterfalls comes second. Millomeri can easily approached by people, because of the road nearby, which constructed a few years ago. The surrounding flora is almost the same as in the Kaledonia. According to tradition the fall took its name from the words “millos” which means moist and the word “meros” which means area.

Location: Troodos, Cyprus.

Millomeris Falls

Kalidonia Falls

The water fall is 13 meters high. The rocks of this area are composed mainly of wehrlite and other rocks of the Troodos ophiolite complex. The flora surrounding the falls comprises mainly pine trees.The Kaledonia falls are thought to be the most attractive falls in Cyprus also because of the fascinating scenery and the tens of thousands travelers visiting the place every year. According to tradition, the fall derives its name from the Scottish visitors who were enchanted by the beauty of scenery that reminded them of their own country which was called Kaledonia in ancient times, so they called these falls “Kaledonia Falls”.

Location: Troodos, Cyprus.

Kalidonia Falls

Chantara Falls

They are situated on the Trooditissa or Diplos Potamos river bed north of the village of Fini, within the state forest, at an altitude of 1035m. The water falls in 8 meters high. The rocks in the area are composed mainly of gabbro. The surrounding vegetation coprises mainly pine forests with Pinus brutia and the Quercus alnifolia as an understorey, Arbutus andrachne and many other bushes and shrubs. According to tradition the falls took their name from the word “andara” which for the surrounding villages means “noise of waters”.

Location: Troodos, Cyprus.

Chantara Falls

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