Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Cyprus by Anita Crowson
I have recently returned from my first ‘flying’ visit to Cyprus and I must say the experience has left me very eager to return. Cyprus has a whole range of accommodation to suit all budgets and requirements. During this trip I visited a selection of hotels in the resorts of Paphos, Miliou, Pissouri and Polis. I would recommend car hire to get you out and about as the roads are in a good condition and they drive on the left hand side just like at home!
Whilst in Cyprus I thoroughly enjoyed an excursion to the Troodos Mountains. The Troodos Mountain Region stretches across the centre of Cyprus. It is definitely worth considering as a holiday destination or at least for a visit during your stay. Troodos is about 45 minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea resorts and some wonderful beaches. Away from the beach areas you will find charming traditional villages to explore many remain unspoiled by development or tourism. Mount Olympus at approximately 1950m is the highest mountain on the island of Cyprus. There are some stunning views to be seen from here. There are the white ‘golf balls’ at the summit a reminder that it is a military listening station.
If you are holidaying here in January/February you might just get the opportunity to do some skiing as snow often falls in the Troodos Mountains in the winter months. There are monasteries, beautiful churches and some breathtaking scenery to enjoy. You can pack a picnic and take off on one of the nature trails. The Cyprus Tourist Office has all the information you'll need on the four official trails in the area. The Artemis Trail takes you around the summit of Mount Olympus and takes around 3 hours. The Atalanti Trail is longer at around 5 hours and the Caledonian Falls trail takes about one and a half hours. The Persephone Trail takes about 45 minutes. So, if you're not that good a walker, you know which one to take!
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