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Troodos



Formed 70 million years ago Troodos mountain range - the oldest attraction of the island and the famous progenitor of Cyprus. Today Troodos Mountains sheltered on its slopes are cozy and picturesque villages, and the Byzantine monasteries and ancient ruins, and that attract tourists from different countries.

Cool mountain forests growing on the slopes of the Troodos Mountains - the perfect refuge from the heat in the hot summer day. In these Cypriot forests are more than a hundred species of plants: pine and oak trees, the strange giant cactus and strawberry trees, cypress and juniper, alder and cedar-aged men. By the way, the Cyprus cedar recently celebrated its 800th anniversary.

Troodos Mountains - Nature Reserve. Summer vacationers fleeing here from the coastal heat, and in winter the slopes of Mount Olympos - entirely dominated by skiers. This Cypriot resort is markedly different from the rest: there do not come to lie in the sun and take a dip in the ocean, and wander among the mountain ranges, enjoy the fresh air, relax in the peace and coolness. To please the lovers of nature something more than camping and eateries, the Tourism Office in cooperation with the Cyprus Forestry Commission paved the many hiking trails to the tops of the mountains Troodoskih.

8-10-357-25 / 29-number phone

Mount Olympus is equipped with four 150-meter ski lifts, and the necessary equipment can be in San Veli. ski season runs from January to the end of March.

Village Troodos

Review of the Troodos villages - a separate page in the diaries of travelers, because each of them is famous for its special fishing. For example, the village of Pedoulas specializes in growing cherries in the village Mutullas bottled mineral water from a local source, in parallel Master wooden tubs. The best fish in town Kalopanagiotis. Apples are traded in the village Prodomos.

Particularly picturesque village of Omodos, with its whitewashed houses, overgrown with vines, and colorful flower gardens. Fabulous atmosphere comes through everywhere. Incidentally, it is stored in Omodos biggest key to the island - the key to the gates of the monastery of the Holy Life-Giving Cross, the local church is even a Russian icon. You can also visit the ancient wine-press and press to see the apparatus for the preparation zivania personally. Gen. Cypriot families painted detail in the ethnographic museum in the house of Socrates, Sokratis talkative, which is home to his family for the past 400 years and to this day.

In the village, you can rent a room or a house. Several options: Pantelis House, House for 4-5 persons, located a minute's walk from the village square, the price ranges from 18 to 35 pounds; Marios House, House for 4 people, the price - from 17 to 32 pounds; Stavris House, home for 2-3 people, price - from 16 to 26 pounds.

Another village Fini famous pottery craftsmen and the Museum of Folk Art Fanis Pilavakisa. There have long been built up small hotels for visitors, a restaurant which serves delicious trout (in Greek - pestrofa).

Kitchen Troodos

The village of Zygi is known throughout the Troodos its fish-taverns, serving about 15 meals of octopus, squid, shrimp, scallops, mussels, cuttlefish, various sea fish and so on.

As for the price, if you plan to eat a hearty and inexpensive, fit any tavern, and taste is meze - a set of dishes that are served in the complex. Cost about 15 Cyprus pounds for two. Mesa there are meat and fish. Also look appetizing souvlaki - skewers and keftedes Cyprus - Cypriot meatballs, dolma and moussaka. But now kleftiko - lamb cooked in a sealed furnace, can only be a guest of the local residents of the Troodos villages.

5 things to do on the Troodos take part in the celebrations in Kykkos Monastery of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, which falls on September 8th. Traveling to the Troodos Mountains, taste the sweetness of local residents from fruits and nuts candied grape juice (Sudzhuk), as well as home-made wine and smelly goat cheese (halloumi). August 15 to visit the bustling religious fair held in closed Trooditissa monastery. Buy exquisite embroidery and delicate glassware handmade in Omodos village, complete with a bottle of fragrant wines during the annual wine festival in August. Take a ride on a special train on the ostrich farm in the village of Agios Ioannis, west of Nicosia.

Entertainment, excursions and attractions Troodos

Mount Olympos - the highest point in Cyprus Cedar valley village Fini, the famous pottery village of Kakopetria. Here are the numerous churches and monasteries, some of them included in the UNESCO list of world cultural values ​​and are under state protection.

The monastery complex, called Kykkos in the world, has the full name - the Holy Stavropegic Imperial Monastery of the Holy Virgin Kykkotissa. The uniqueness of this place is that within its walls houses one of the three oldest wonder-working icons of the Mother of God, created even during the earthly life of the Virgin and upon its request by the Apostle Luke. There and then, just to the right of the icon black mold arm, another reminder of the punishment: withered human hand symbolizes the punishment for trying to touch their thoughts and defile the face of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But apart from the holy relics, the mesmerizing beauty and lightness of the architecture of the monastery, its rich decoration, amazing frescoes, intricate mosaic murals on the walls.

In many intricate passages read like the least convoluted history of Christianity, as evidenced by are scenes from the Old and New Testaments on the walls. Stone cathedral Kykkos monastery temple is divided into three parts, the main of which is dedicated to the icon of the Mother of God, the south - all the saints, and the north - Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Ancient icons, old manuscripts, various church utensils, religious books, rare archaeological treasures stored in the southwestern part of the Monastery of Kykkos, namely in the halls of the Church and the Archaeological Museum.

The only problem - this is the way to the monastery. One of the sections of the road leads along the mountain serpentine.

In the village of Lagoudera is also the Church of Panagia tou Araka, it is located 15 km from the village of Agros, near the road Kakopetria - Troodos - Limassol (Karvunas intersection). Near the temple remained a small monastery building with the cells, which is still home to the local caretaker of the holy monastery, which is on request gladly hold a short tour through the neighborhood.


Troodos in winter

Another church of Panagia Asinou is located 5 km from the village Nikitari, not far from the main road Nicosia - Troodos road runs through Vizakiyu Nikitari and about 20 km north of the village of Kakopetria. Visits are allowed in May - August from 9:30 to 17:00, in September - October from 9:30 to 16:30, in November - April, from 9:30 to 16:00. In the church are preserved paintings 12-17 centuries, and the name of the church comes from the Greek city of Asino, known since the 11th century.

One of the most interesting monuments of the Byzantine era in Cyprus is considered to be the church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis located 5 km from the village of Kakopetria and working with watts. by sub. from 9:00 to 16:00 in Sundays. C11: 00 to 16:00.

Another ancient monastery Trooditissa closed to tourists, it is famous for its miraculous icon of the Virgin in a silver frame. Other monasteries Chrysorrogiatissa and Machaira, though, and can not boast of such relics level, it is also very interesting.

On the territory of all the monasteries can buy authentic Cypriot wine and liqueurs.

hiking Trail

Also in the Troodos there are several hiking trails that lie around Mount Olympus, along the picturesque river Krios Potamos-and pass the Caledonian Falls. For example, one of the most popular hiking trails, walking along the riverbed Krios Potamos laid to Platres trout farm through the mountains. Another route takes you to the waterfall Hantara (Handarov) on the river Diplos Potamos. Nearby there is a trout farm. The shortest way - go 1.5 km on the dirt road from the village of Fini, the other way - to go from the village of Pano Platres, he, however, extend to 5.5 km. It is also possible to carry out the trip during a jeep safari.

Where to stay: in a fun Limassol or never sleeping Ayia Napa, Larnaca budget or luxury Paphos, in the ultra-quiet family Polis or Protaras. What to see: old Nicosia, the city of North Cyprus - Kyrenia and Famagusta, or take a cruise to Jerusalem or Cairo. You may also be interested in Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro. The most popular towns and resorts of the country: Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos.