Meet Cyprus - Troodos Mountains and Nicosia
Duration: Half Day
The sunny island of Cyprus is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery in the Mediterranean. Whilst the rugged coastline boasts golden sandy beaches, clear turquoise seas and impressive limestone cliffs and sea caves, the island’s inland landscapes comprise extensive forests, valleys, hills and mountains.
One of the highlights of a holiday in Cyprus has to be a visit to the Troodos Mountains, which is famous for its quaint villages and breathtaking natural beauty. This tour will introduce you to the historic city of Nicosia and the traditional villages of Kakopetria and Omodos on a day to remember. Extending across most of centre of the island, Troodos is the biggest mountain range in Cyprus. It is also one of the most beautiful parts of the country, attracting nature lovers, hikers and cyclists alike. Spectacular flora and fauna awaits you, in addition to historic villages, churches and monasteries.
Before we make our journey here, we will visit Nicosia, the largest city on the island. This bustling metropolis has been the capital of Cyprus since the 12th century and has a rich history that dates back to the Bronze Age. Today Nicosia stands as Europe's only divided city, having being split in two by the 'Green Line' that has divided the Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus from the southern Republic of Cyprus since 1974. Spend time exploring the heart of the Old City which boasts a picturesque fusion of medieval buildings, Byzantine churches, museums, pavement cafes and squares, all enclosed inside 16th century Venetian walls.
We drive onwards to Kakopetria, the main village in the Solea Valley area of the Troodos Mountains and one of the most beautiful places in the region. According to legend, Kakopetria, (meaning wicked stone in Greek), gets its name from the village’s stone boulders, which reputedly brought good luck to newlyweds until one of the stones fell and killed a young couple. And so the village name was born. Located on the banks of the Karyiotis River, this well-preserved traditional village dates back to the 14th century and is particularly famous for its 17th century mill and traditional picturesque houses in the old quarter. Walk through the narrow streets, relax in the old square and mingle with the friendly residents in one of the local cafés. This is a great way to experience authentic Cypriot life.
We then make our way towards the top of Troodos Mountains, where dense pine forests and lush green valleys stretch as far as the eye can see. We stop for lunch at Troodos Square, where you will also have free time for shopping. After lunch we visit the historic village of Omodos, which dates back to the 4th century. This charming village is built around the Monastery of Stavros (Holy Cross), one of the oldest Monasteries in Cyprus. The interior contains old icons, beautiful wood carvings and other ecclesiastical objects of interest. Omodos is also known as one of the best wine producing areas in Cyprus and a wine festival is held here every August. This traditional, picture-perfect Cypriot village is the highlight of the tour.
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