The Troodos Mountains situated in the central and western part of the island, geologically described as the Troodos massif of Troodos Ophiolite Complex, occupy an oval area of 3,200 km and form the backbone of Cyprus.
A day in the Troodos Mountains offers a refreshing change from the coastal regions. The air is fresh and pure and, together with lush valleys and forests of pine and oak, the scenery is truly stunning. On a clear day, from the peak of Mount Olympus (1,951 mtrs), it is possible to see all of the way to the coast.
Several rivers spring radially from Troodos ending in the sea, and the forests which cover the Troodos massif combined with its steep slopes and precipices and narrow valleys and crevices help create beautiful scenery. Many of the villages encountered in the Troodos region remain very traditional and virtually untouched by tourism. Despite Cyprus’s mild winter climate, snowfall in the higher parts of the Troodos range is common during the winter months, therefore making skiing possible in certain parts. Despite the Troodos area’s traditional flavours, English is still widely spoken and the area has excellent roads that are well signposted, guiding the visitor for all directions.
Hotels and camp sites are also well situated throughout the region and many organised tourist activities such as pony trecking, climbing and ‘off road’ driving are readily available. For skiing enthusiasts, Troodos resort is a useful base for daily visits to the piste on the slopes of Mount Olympus, with a total of four ski-lifts available. Ski equipment can also be hired.