Omodos is one of the few villages that keeps its old beauty and its absolutely Cypriot character. Omodos, built at the slope of the mountain, between a verdant carpet of vines, surrounded by mountains that appear as though they were placed in a masterly layout. Omodos is one of the most picturesque villages of Cyprus.
Characteristic spots are the large plaza of the village in front of the majestic monastery of the Holy Cross, the mediaeval winepress, the narrow alleys, and the stone-made houses.
Omodos is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the traditional rural life of Cyprus. It is one of the most picturesque and well-preserved villages on the island. The village is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, providing a peaceful and serene environment. The narrow streets are lined with stone-made houses, many of which have been converted into taverns, cafes, bakeries and shops.
Tips: Visit the Monastery of Holy Cross. Considered one of the oldest and most historic monasteries on the island of Cyprus. Visit also the local wineries.
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Kakopetria is the right place to enjoy long walks into forest and the local river. It is located only 50km from Nicosia or Limassol, 30km from Kykkos Monastery and 15km from Mt. Olympus, which is the highest peak of Troodos with the skiing centre and the best view of the island.
The village is surrounded by dense forests and rolling hills, providing a peaceful and serene environment. The food in traditional taverns is superb. Visitors can also enjoy walks through the countryside, taking in the fresh air and admiring the beautiful mountain views.
Kakopetria is known for its well-preserved stone houses, historic churches, and stunning forests. It is a popular destination for those looking to experience the island’s natural beauty and good food.
Tips: A few minutes away from the village is Ayios Nikolaos (Saint Nikolaos) tis Stegis, a Byzantine Monastery which is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
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Lefkara provides the most authentic and beautiful villages in terms of landscape, architecture and traditional pastimes in Cyprus. Small streets, flowers hanging all around, and cafes around the central square.
Lefkara is most famous for its silver and lace making, skills which have been practised in the village since Venetian times. Visitors can watch the ladies sitting outside making their Lefkara lace on the cobbled streets of the village. There are various workshops around village.
Lefkara is situated at the foot of the Troodos Mountains in the south eastern region, 650m above sea level, 45km from Nicosia, 30km from the Larnaca airport and just 12km from the Nicosia – Limassol highway. It becomes an excellent destination during summer time because of the mild temperatures in the region.
Tips: Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The popular annual Lefkara Festival takes place each August, and includes a programme of music, dance, theatre and handicraft exhibitions. Visit the Church of the Holy Cross, which dates back to the 14th century.
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Kalopanagiotis is one of the most interesting mountain places in Cyprus. It is located in the Marathasa Valley on the Troodos range at an altitude of 700 meters. Visitors can find there a museum with an impressive collection of Byzantine art, ecclesiastical artefacts and antiques.
Kalopanayiotis, will offer the relaxation and tranquility you are looking for. Offering a chance to experience authentic Cypriot village life and immerse themselves in the country’s rich cultural heritage. Kalopanagiotis has been awarded EDEN "Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites" national destination 2011. Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or simply want to escape the city for a day, a visit to Kalopanayiotis village is sure to be an absolutely memorable experience for winter or summer.
Tips: Hike up one of the shady nature trails and visit St. John Lampadistis monastery.
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Platres is a nature lover’s destination and a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Troodos Mountains. In the center of Platres, visitors will find a charming village square surrounded by traditional stone-made houses, many of which have been converted into cafes, taverns, and shops. Visitors can find mountain trails for hiking or cycling.
The village is surrounded by forests and hills, providing a peaceful environment. Platres in winter is one of the most convenient and affordable places for mountain skiing. Mount Olympus is 14km away from the village. There are several beautiful natural attractions. If you want to escape from the summer heat, Platres is the first village that should come to your mind.
Tips: Caledonia nature trail - The trail which is about 3 kilometers long starts from ‘’Psilo Dentro’’ area and leads to the waterfalls.
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