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ESCAPES IN CYPRUS
Green, beautiful scenery with the colors and aromas of nature to charm and create a unique environment of relaxation and absolute peace of mind!
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Troodos National Forest Park
Ideal for hiking and walking. The Troodos National Forest Park covers an area of 9,147 hectares around Mount Olympus. The highest peak is Chionistra (1,952 m.) And the lowest is Moni forest (700 m.). It is an area of special natural beauty, suitable for activities such as hiking, winter skiing, cycling, nature study, camping and picnics.
Most of the forest, about 9000ha or 90km2, was declared a National Park in 1992. The main goal was to preserve the rational use and to perpetuate the values and functions of the area: ecological, scientific, recreational, hydrological and economic.
Excursions: There are 9 excursions in the park. Facilities on offer include wooden tables, drinking water, car parks, toilets and playgrounds.
Kykkos Monastery and Museum
It gained the reputation of the most glorious Monastery of Cyprus. The Monastery of Kykkos is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) and that is why the locals call it “The Virgin of Kykkos.” The monastery was founded in 1100, during the reign of Emperor Alexios Komnenos, is now the largest the most charismatic monastery on the island.
The museum is an integral part of the monastery and houses an invaluable collection of icons. The first President of the Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III, served here as a novice. He was buried of his own free will in Throni, 3 km west of the monastery.
Location: Troodos Near the village “Milikouri”.
Waterfalls and nature trail Caledonia
Equip and indulge in the fascinating Cypriot nature. The waterfalls Kalidonia were so named by the Scots when they visited the area, around 1878 and are located two kilometers north of the village of Platres. The Scots were dazzled by the beauty and resemblance of the waterfall to their land. (Caledonia was called Scotland in antiquity).
Kalidonia waterfalls are among the highest natural waterfalls we have in Cyprus. The water of the waterfall falls vertically from a height of 12m. The visitor can visit the area with the road to the waterfall or the footpath that leads to it near the High Tree.
If you wish to visit only the waterfalls you can start from the restaurant PSILO DENTRO and walk to the hill for 20-30 minutes.
Location: Platres near the summer Presidential residence.
This enchanting location is nestled in the Paphos Forest. It is located at the crossroads of Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos, a magical location. The mountain valley of cedars is nestled in a forest of Paphos and is typical for the thousands of Cedrus brevifolia endemic (cedars), which is closely related to the famous cedar of Lebanon. There are also some Calabria – Pinus brutia pines in the valley, which is popular for its quiet seclusion.
The area is crossed by the provincial road that connects the village of Panagia with the monastery of Panagia tou Kykkou and also unfolds at the cross of Psoka, an additional mountainous area where the “home” of the rare and shy wild (Ovis gmelini Ofion) is located – an endemic species of wild sheep found exclusively on the island.
The remains of the three bridges of the old Venetian mountain are an interesting attraction to see while enjoying a walk around the area.
Millomeri waterfall is located in the southeastern area of Platres, one kilometer from the starting point of the nature path that leads to the waterfall.
The water falls from a height of 15 meters and Millomeris is among the highest natural waterfalls on the island. Millomeri Waterfall was not known until recent years, as the site was not accessible. Among the projects carried out by the Community Council (galleries and the nature trail) Millomeri waterfall attracts many visitors and tourists with its natural beauty. According to tradition, it got its name from the words “MILL” which means liquid and the word “PLACE” which means area.
Troodos Environmental Education Center
The Troodos Environmental Education Center is located near Troodos Square. The center through its exhibits and services aims to inform the visitor about the importance and unique character of the park, various environmental issues, fantastic facilities and activities allowed in the park. The center has a reception area with a small shop, an exhibition gallery and a video theater. A Botanical and Geological Trail is also connected to the building.
In our mountainous areas there are many traditional taverns as well as restaurants for all tastes which offer many delicious options.