Troodos National Forest Park
Ten Byzantine period churches are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are worth the visit!
Troodos National Forest Park spreads out across the south-western side of the island and forms the green heart of Cyprus. Its highest peak is Mount Olympos at 1,952 metres high and is a short drive from Troodos Square. As you will be making your ascending drive, relax, open your windows, breathe fresh air and be astonished at the breathtaking views and natural beauty. Cyprus is probably the only place where one can do water-ski in the clear blue sea and after 1,5 hour's drive enjoy winter-ski on the Troodos slopes!
Troodos is spectacular all year round. During the summer months it is a fantastic escape from the hot and humid temperatures. During autumn and spring when greenery is at its peak and blossoming, the forest park is great for activities and short breaks. In winter season, the slopes are dressed in white and offer majestic and scenic views; perfect for relaxation, excursions and skiing under the usually clear and sunny sky.
Troodos Mountains is an enthralling area offering beautiful agrotourism resorts, picturesque villages, UNESCO World Heritage Byzantine churches and monasteries, wine-making villages, pine forests, amazing fauna and flora, natural beauty and traditional cuisine. Furthermore, it is ideal for activity fans including hiking, climbing, skiing, rambling, mountain biking, nature study, photography and picnics.
The picnic sites have toilet facilities and drinking water and most of them have amenities for barbecues. Please take special care in protecting the environment. Always keep the area clean, have barbeques only in designated areas and ensure necessary precautions against forest fire.
There is one wheelchair-accessible trail at Kampos tou Leivadiou, which is a 1.5 km circular trail. It starts and ends at Kampos tou Leivadiou picnic area. There are also three places for camping. Kampi tou Kalogyrou 4 km from Trooditissa and 3 km from Prodromos and the other at Platania (Kakopetria Troodos road) 5 km from Kakopetria left to the road, for short stays. The third site, 500 m east of the Troodos square, just next to the main road, is suitable for longer stays since it includes upgraded facilities.
Troodos Divisional Forest Officer, tel. +357 22 924 221, Parks Officer, tel. +357 22 805 533