Soaring almost 2,000 meters above sea level and covering much of southern Cyprus, the Troodos mountains range is one of the island’s most idyllic spots and, thanks to the its cooler climate, a hotspot for outdoor activities. A network of hiking, cycling and climbing trails crisscross the mountains, set against a photogenic backdrop of pine forests and lush alpine landscapes, blooming with wildflowers throughout the summer months. Climbing the 1,950-meter summit of Mount Olympus, Cyprus’ highest peak is another popular pastime and it’s even possible to ski in the mountains during January and February.
The Troodos Mountains region is also famous for its traditional villages and the historic old town of Kakopetria, the wine-making villages of Platres and Omodos and the charming village of Pedhoulas, renowned for its cherries and exquisite Church of Archangel Michael, are all worth exploring. Additional highlights of the area include the sacred 12th century Monastery of Kykkos, perched on a mountaintop near the Marathasa valley, and the UNESCO-listed Painted Churches of Troodos, a collection of 10 richly decorated churches and monasteries dating back to the Byzantine era.