May
15

What To Expect In The Troodos Mountains Of Cyprus

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There are many places in the world where the sheer natural majesty just takes your breath away. Sometimes it is a sparkling blue lagoon surrounded by palm trees and sand, other times you might be awestruck by a particularly beautiful meadow of wild flowers shining yellow and happy in the afternoon sun shine. Many people have a special love for the hills, valleys, and other topography to be found in nearly every country, and for those people it might be a nice vacation to visit the Troodos mountains (Photo: NH52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nh53/) in Cyprus. 

This is the largest range in Cyprus and in located right in the middle of the island. From one side to the other, these peaks stretch along nearly all of the western aspect of Cyprus with valley towns and hillside villages scattered throughout. Truly one of the planet’s most lovely rock formations, the peaks and glades draw hundreds of visitors every single year.
This is the home of the legendary Mount Olympus, seat of the ancient Greek pantheon. Many people, especially Europeans and North Americans, have grown up listening to the old tales of Zeus and Hera and the heroes they championed.

It is an interesting thing to be able to visit something that you have always known about but have never had a chance to see in reality. Perhaps you have always been fascinated by the reproductions of Byzantine art and would like to see such works in their original context and natural environment. While you could traipse all over Europe scouting out some of the locations where the artworks still exist, you can find many of the more influential and important sites right here in Cyprus. During the Byzantine period, Cyprus was a particular hot spot for the development and creation of art. Many churches and monasteries still stand in the region, and they hold some very inspiring works even to this day.

Art historians, students, or just those who are enthusiastic about this era of human culture might find plenty of interesting things to see and experience in these old buildings. Perhaps it would be a good idea to find a tourist center or hotel desk and obtain a map and guidebook that will help you direct your investigation of the many historic sites.
In the winter months, the almond tree covered slopes gently pile with snow, and many tourists flock to the region for the chalets, resorts, and ski runs. Whether they decide to stay in a fancy five star hotel or brave the winter cold to spend some nights in a tent on the hillside, they are virtually guaranteed to be treated to awesome vistas and spectacular scenery no matter which direction they face.

Hike the Caledonia Falls trail to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Cyprus. Spend an afternoon discovering the villages and towns that await you in the valleys and on the terraced hillsides. Cyprus is full of wonderful scenery and relatively untouched natural beauty, and the Troodos Mountains are perhaps the most astonishing example of this.

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