Cyprus Journals

An Overnight Stop and a Trek in the Troodos Mountains

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A December 2006 trip to Cyprus by Praskipark

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Quote: This is a journal illustrating some of the sights I saw when visiting Cyprus at Xmas Two years ago.

The Artemis Trail

Attraction | "The Trail that Circles Cyprus' Highest Mountain"

Sunset over the Troodos Mountains Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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This trail circles Mount Olympus (1,953 metres) without any steep gradients. Cypriots call their highest mountain Chionistra, meaning 'frost bite.' The Royal Air Force maintains a radio and listening station on the summit. The huge spherical structures could be seen as one of the giant Digenis's golf balls. From December to the end of February the Cyprus Ski Club operates ski lifts up the slopes. In the winter the Marathassa valley is covered with snow and the winter we were there it was absolutely stunning. I was fascinated because the soft, white, winter clouds were so fluffy and low in the sky that they actually met the snow on the mountain top and the trails that circled it. The ...Read More

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Kykko

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Attraction | "The Most Visited Monastery in the Troodos"

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This is definitely off the beaten track but worth a visit because nestled in a remote spot surrounded by pine trees lies Cyprus's richest and most powerful monastery. The abbey formerly owned two estates as far away as the Black Sea coast and it is still the biggest landowner on Cyprus. When the Turks plundered the monastery in 1821, they are said to have made off with 16 camel loads of gold and silver. More pilgrims visit Kykko that any other monastery on the island. Many of the visitors come to express their thanks for a miracle attributed to Kykko and give presents or declare that the monastery will benefit from their inheritance. They no doubt hope that when the Day of Judgement comes, such ...Read More

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Trooditissa Monastery

Attraction | "A Wonderful Monastery in the Hills."

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This beautiful monastery stands at 1,424 metres and is hidden away at the head of a fertile valley, under huge walnut and plane trees. Founded over a thousand years ago after an icon of Mary attributed to the evangelist Luke was discovered here, it became the summer residence of the Bishop of Pathos. But it has burnt down on more than one occasion since and the buildings are relatively recent. In the monastery church (1731), young women pilgrims come not only to worship the miracle-working Virgin Mary but also to put on a silver-coated belt which is said to help them to conceive a boy. I have been to the Troodos in winter and summer but my timing has never coincided with the opening of the...Read More

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Trooditissa Monastery
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Cyprus

Mill Hotel (The)

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Hotel | "A Beautiful Traditional Greek Mill"

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The Mill Hotel~~~~~~~~~~We came across this hotel quite by accident. It was while we were heading for the village of Troodos and decided that it was time to stop as the evening was closing in and we hadn't found any suitable accommodation. The road left would have taken us into Troodos but we took the right turning to Kyperounda and followed the hilly road down the mountain. If you take the left turn at the bridge you will enter the village of Kakopetria. This is where the Mill Hotel is situated and what an unusual sight it is.Built into the mountain this building is an awesome sight when looking up to the top floor. The building has been renovated as originally the old Mill stopped ...Read More

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Mill Hotel (The)
Milos St.8 - Kakopetria
Nicosia
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A Densely Wooded Area of Cyprus

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Troodos Mountains Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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Yesterday I spent the whole day sorting out photographs from previous trips and reading through my scibbled travel notes. I came across some fantastic photos of my son and husband taken in the Troodos mountains. These date back from a trip of the island we did two years ago. My son was living in Athens at the time, it was Christmas, we wanted to travel and see the island so he agreed to meet us in Pathos as it was easy for him to fly from Athens to Limassol and then get a bus to Pathos. Pathos was only a base really, somewhere to sleep. Although, the town itself and surounding area was very nice I can never stay put for long, always having itchy feet so within 24 hours from picking my son...Read More