In Cyprus, it’s sometimes nice to get away from the beating sun and head up to higher ground. The Troodos Mountains are great for this, and there are amazing things to see too.
Not only is it slightly cooler up in the Troodos Mountains, but it’s a great opportunity to see the real Cyprus.
The Troodos stretch across the western side of Cyprus. You will find many famous mountain villages, Byzantine monasteries and churches on mountain peaks.
Troodos Mountains villages
There are lots of lovely little villages. Some personal favourites of mine include Omodos, Pedoulas, Kakopetria and Lofou. Omodos is a favourite of mine. Omodos produces amazing wine and you can also visit a 17th-century monastery. There are also many restaurants, traditional tavernas and bars located in traditional buildings around the village.
UNESCO listed churches
The Troodos Mountains are also home to a number of UNESCO listed churches displaying remarkable frescoes. I managed to pay a visit to a few including Archangelos Mihail and Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis.
Troodos Mountains viewpoints
If you enjoy perfect scenery for your pictures then you are in luck. At some viewpoints in the Troodos Mountains you can see amazing landscapes and villages. In some places the views even stretch as far as the coast.
And no trip to the Troodos would be complete without taking in the Kykkos Monastery, which is the wealthiest and most famous monastery in Cyprus. The first President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III started his career here as a monk. He was buried near here after his death in 1977 and his tomb lies 3km west of Kykkos monastery.