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2010-09-26-14.07.22Recent archaeological foundings confirmed the production of wine in Cyprus for nearly 5,000 years. Most A great number of vineyards are located in the Troodos area, predominantly on the southern slopes of the ‘Krassochoria’ and ‘Koumandaria’ regions. Local communities grow many indigenous and other varieties of grapes, ideal for wine.

 

Scattered throughout the sun kissed southern slopes of Troodos, a number of small enterprise wineries welcome visitors. It is the perfect opportunity to meet and mix with the local people. It is recommended that prior to a visit, one should make telephone contact to make sure the winery will be open. A list of Troodos wineries is available from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) information offices.

CTO has launched the “The Cyprus Wine Routes”, where visitors can follow signposted routes driving through beautiful landscapes with wineries and traditional tavernas on the way. The project was co-financed by EU Structural Funds.

 

 

 

 

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Troodos is where the famous painted churches of Cyprus, with their superb examples of Byzantine art can be found. Ten such churches, with their remarkable, icons and frescoes, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Situated in beautiful and tranquil settings, they are bound to impress the visitor.Troodos is also host to some of the most divine monasteries, such as Machairas, Kykkos, Trooditissa, Omodos and Mesa Potamos.

Kykkos Monastery and Museum

The best-known and richest monastery of Cyprus, Kykkos Monastery was founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It possesses one of three surviving icons ascribed to Saint Luke. It is covered in silver gilt, enclosed in a shrine of tortoiseshell and motherof-pearl, and stands in front of the icon-stand. The museum is an integral part of the monastery and houses a priceless collection of icons, consecrated vessels, manuscripts and Cypriot antiquities. The first President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III served as a novice here. At his wish, he was buried at Throni, a scenic location 3km west of the monastery. Annual religious fairs (panigiria) are held at Kykko on 15 August and 8 September.

Kykkos Monastery


Trooditissa Monastery

Trooditissa Monastery is situated in a beautiful spot among pine trees. It was originally founded in the 13th century, but the present Church was built in 1731. The church contains a priceless silver-plated icon of the Virgin Mary brought from Asia Minor. The monastery is closed to the public

 

 

Tradition and heritage form an important part of daily life in Troodos. Set amid the stunning landscape, small communities and villages have existed for centuries. An integral part of life in the region are local festivals commemorating the patron saint of a village. Other events cover a wide variety of themes such as folk art and crafts festivals, bread, preserved sweets, meat and other local produce exhibitions and wine tasting events. In recent years , the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has been sponsoring such events as way of introducing rural Cyprus to the wider public.

In addition to events focusing on local tradition and heritage , Troodos hosts a wide range of special leisure activities catering to all ages and tastes. These range from classic motorcar rallies to active day events where the whole family can try their skills at such activities as archery, horse riding or mountain biking.

 

 

 

 

Artist Solomos Frangoulides Museum

Located in Agros, the museum displays rough drafts as well as complete works by the artist.
Tel: 25-521201, 99-436313

Botanical Park

Located in the old Amiantos mine a park with a variety of indigenous plants and trees.
Tel: 25-550091

Donkey Sanctuary

Visit the sanctuary to see one of the most important animals of Cyprus linked with the history and culture of this island.

Ecclesiastical museums

Located in the villages of Agridia , Agros, Arsos, Kalopanagiotis, Koilani, Kykkos monastery, Kyperounta, Omodos, Palaichori and Pedoulas. These house a collection of icons and ecclesiastical objects.

Folk Art Museums

Located in Arsos, Galata, Koilani, Kyperounta and Omodos villages. Shoe maker museum, located in Spilia village.

Medieval Bridges

The medieval Venetian bridges of Elaia and Kelefos are located near the village of Kaminaria.

Pylavakion pottery museum

Located in Foini village, a private collection displaying examples of local pottery, traditional agricultural tools and early 20th century household items.

Rural museum

Located in Fikardou, deserted village declared an ancient monument and carefully restored to preserve its 18th century houses.

Two such houses known as the “Katsinioros” and “Achilleas Dimitris” residenceshost an interesting rural museum presenting exhibits from agricultural life in Cyprus as well as traditional weaving . The two buildings have been awarded the “Europa Nostra” architecture.

During normal winter weather contditions Troodos can offer visitors an enjoyable skiing experience. The location is mount Olympus(Chionistra) at 1,952m , an ideal setting for novice and expert skiers. Ski instruction lessons and equipment rental are available from the local ski club.

Tel: 25-420104/5, 25-420165

Sports Facilities

A variety of indoor sports can be enjoyed in modern sports hall located in Agros village. Tel: 22-897700, 25 521455 Additional sports halls are planned in the villages of Platres and Kyperounta.
Tel: 25-813112

Traditional rose water extraction workshop

Located in Agros village.
Tel: 25-521893

Waterfalls

The Kalidonia and Myllomeris Waterfalls are a short walk from Pano Platres and the Chandara Waterfalls near Foini village.

Water dams

Located in scenic areas near Kalopanagiotis, Palaichori, and Prodromos, these fresh water dams are ideal relaxing day trip locations for the whole family.

Bread products: you can taste and buy the arkatena (crunchy rolls made out of the froth of chick-peas and other spices) in the villages Vasa.

Dairy Products:you can find the anari, challoumi, and trahana in the villages of Dora, Pachna and Vasa.

Delicatessen: Taste and buy the smoked and wine flavored pork products like sausages, lountza, choiromeri, posirti, and nonetheless the tsamarella and apoxti (sun dried salted goat meat). These products can be found in Agros, Dymes, Kato Mylos, Kyperounta, Palaichori and Pelendri.

Grape Products: some of the grape products are palouzes (grape Juice custard) soutzioukkos (grape juice with almond nuts) and grape syrup. They can be found in villages of Agros , Kalopanagiotis, Koilani and Palaichori.

Koumandaria: Koumandaria, the desert wine of Cyprus is produced in the villages of the Koumandaria region.

Sweets: you can buy the spoon sweets( preserved fruits and syrup) marmalades and delights in the Troodos area and visit the sweets workshops in Agros and Amiantos and the workshop of delights in Foini. In the chocolate workshop of Platres you can find chocolates of traditional products filling.

Herbal products: buy herb infusions in Arsos, Mandria and essential oils, herb infusions and other herbs in Korakou village.

Trout Products:you can eat and buy fresh trout in Kakopetria , Kalopanagiotis, Platres and fresh or smoked trout in Foini.

Zivania:Zivania is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Cyprus and it is produced in Omodos.

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