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Troodos Mountains
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The scenery in the forested – or, more accurately, reafforested – mountains of Troodos is spectacular.

Platres, 1230m (4035ft) above sea level on the southern slopes, is the ideal place for excursions. It lies on the approaches to Mount Olympus, at 1952m (6404ft), the highest peak in Cyprus, with a summit that is invariably snow-covered in winter and has good skiing slopes and facilities.

Prodromos, the highest village on the island, 1530m (5019ft) above sea level, is reputed to grow some of the best apples. Pedoulas in the fertile Marathasa Valley is famous for cherries (and in spring for cherry blossom) and other fruits. Kalopanagiotis has orchards also. Moutoullas is a source of mineral water bottled and sold locally as well as exported to the Middle East.

Omodos, a restored conservation village, has the Stavros Monastery and a small Folk Art Museum. Foini is a centre of the local craft pottery. On the northeastern slopes, Kakopetria, 730m (2395ft) above sea level and a touring centre like Platres, has a traditional quarter that is being protected and restored. Agros produces rose water, wine and mineral water.

The Commandaria Region, midway down the southern slopes, where the grapes for the Commandaria sweet red dessert wine are grown, has attractive villages like Zoopigi, where almond and walnut trees grow.

Other places of interest include:

Kykkos Monastery, which houses a golden icon of the Virgin Mary
Throni tis Panagias, uphill from the monastery, where the tomb of the late Archbishop Makarios III, the first President of Cyprus, occupies a setting that commands a magnificent view
The small but prettily situated Kaledonia Falls
The monasteries of Mesa Potamos and Trooditissa.

UNESCO has listed 9 Byzantine churches in the mountains as World Heritage Sites for their magnificently frescoed interiors. These are:

Panagia tis Asinou near Nikitari, one of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the Levant
Stavros tou Agiasmati near Platanistasa
Agios Ioannis Lampadistis in Kalopanagiotis
Panagia tou Araka near Lagoudera
Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis southwest of Kakopetria
Panagia tis Podythou outside Galata
Archangelos Michaïl at Pedoulas
Panagia tou Moutoulla in Moutoullas
Timiou Stavrou in Pelendri.