Troodos Mountains
Troodos Mountains offers an alternate view of the island. A paradise for birdwatchers, botanists, geologists, ramblers, bikers, skiers, photographers and nature lovers.

Rising to almost 2,000 meters above sea level, the tip of Troodos gives amazing 360o views of the whole island. Locals and visitors can enjoy the panoramic scenes to all corners of the island, the healthy mountain air, the cooler temperatures and the majesty of nature. The mountains of Troodos offers an abundance of things to do and see. Walk or cycle through forest or mountain trails which will take you through areas of exceptional beauty among scented pines, running streams and waterfalls, stopping at a shady picnic site. Try ski during the winter. Explore the charming villages with their cobbled streets and preserved folk architecture like the Wine Villages (Krassochoria). Participate to the village festivals. Discover the cultural treasure of the UNESCO World Heritage churches.

Created about 80 million years ago and rose from the sea about 20 million years ago, it is known scientifically as the Troodos ophiolite complex. Scientists, from around the world, visit the area as it is one of the few places in the world where they can examine oceanic crust away from the sea. The climatic conditions, the high altitude and the unusual geological bedrock have contributed to the unique flora found on Troodos. Nearly 800 different plant species, 72 endemics, 12 of which can found nowhere else in the world.

The visitors may spot a Cyprus mouflon, a species of wild mountain sheep with thick sinuous horns, unique to the island and used as a symbol to the island’s national carrier. Birdwatchers may even spot the rare and protected eagles or the colorful hoopoe with pink body, black and white crest and a call which can be heard from miles around.

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