Hard as it may be to turn your back on the sun-drenched beaches of Cyprus, you won’t be disappointed when you visit the country’s rugged interior. The Troodos Mountains, at the island’s centre, are made for both quiet country retreats and active thrills.
The Troodos are dominated by the ski slopes of Mount Olympus – Cyprus’s highest point – and peppered with traditional villages and vineyards, as well as opportunities for serious mountain sport from paragliding to rock climbing.
To get straight to the heart of the Troodos region, book cheap holidays to Cyprus with Cosmos and base yourself in the tranquil mountain resort of Platres. Alternatively, stay beachside in Limassol for easy Troodos daytrips by bus – and enjoy the best of both coast and mountains.
Wherever you are based, you’ll never be short of things to do in the Troodos Mountains, summer and winter:
Rambling, hiking and cycling
On foot or by bike, an easy amble is a great way to appreciate the largely unspoilt Troodos region. Stop by traditional villages, forests, secret caves and World Heritage-listed Byzantine churches and monasteries – Kykkos Monastery being the most opulent and best known.
Don’t leave without exploring the Caledonia Falls trail: it’s probably the most popular in the Troodos, but it’s also one of the most beautiful. Troodos national park also boasts a 57km cycling route that’s signposted and mapped.
Best for: pristine scenery
The Troodos ski season goes from mid-January to mid-March, but there’s plenty of active fun to be had year-round. Try mountain biking, paragliding, hang-gliding, parachuting, rock climbing or horse riding with experienced guides.
Each June, the Troodos Sports & Fun Festival includes extreme and endurance events for mountain bikers, road cyclists and runners as well as more gentle introductions to BMX, archery and more for beginners and children.
Adventurers will find that the 9,147ha National Forest Park surrounding Mount Olympus is also an ideal base for camping.
Best for: thrill-seeking
It’s believed that locals have been making wine in Cyprus for nearly 5,000 years. The sunny southern slopes of the Troodos range are the best place to discover the region’s boutique wineries and traditional tavernas.
The sweet dessert wine, koumandaria, is a regional speciality. Start in Limassol to take the meandering Koumandaria Wine Route for a journey into Cyprus’s living wine history.
Best for: unwinding