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Skiing the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus

Cyprus is not only about activities under the sun, as it also hides snowy hills right in the center of the island

Best time: January–February

For many tourists, Cyprus is a country of sunbathing and swimming in beautiful lagoons, but it is also a great destination if you want to take a walk or ride a bike among snowy hills.

Surprisingly, Troodos Massif which is located in the centre of the island and its highest peaks are covered with snow for several months. The highest peak of the Troodos range is Mount Olympus. It hosts four ski slopes and several natural hiking and biking trails.

If you are confident in your strength, it is worth trying the Artemis or Atalante trails. They are 7 and 12 km in length respectively, but the average shift of the height makes this trek fairly difficult. Both of these trails are circular routes underneath Mount Olympus and they both provide you with fresh pine-scented air, lonely monasteries, and villages.

Practical info

When is the ideal period for skiing in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus?

In Cyprus, the period from January to February is ideal for skiing in the Troodos Mountains because this is when there is sufficient snowfall. During this time, the temperature drops significantly, making it an optimal time for skiing and other winter activities. Before planning your visit, you should check the snow conditions to ensure they are suitable. Show more

What are the names of the ski slopes situated in the Troodos Mountains?

Mount Olympus in the Troodos Mountains has four ski slopes namely Sun Valley, North Face, Hermes, and Hera. These slopes are designed to fit the needs of both beginner and advanced skiers. In addition, ski lessons and gear rentals are available. You can conveniently access the region by car or bus, and numerous ski resorts and hotels are located in the vicinity. Show more

How challenging are the trekking trails Artemis and Atalante in the Troodos Mountains?

The trails Artemis and Atalante are moderately challenging routes for trekking in the Troodos Mountains. The Artemis trail is about 7 kilometers in length and would take around three hours to complete, while the Atalante trail is approximately 12 kilometers and can take between 5 to 6 hours to complete. Both paths provide picturesque views of various scenery like pine forests, villages, and monasteries. It is necessary to wear sturdy hiking footwear, bring enough water, and take some snacks along for the journey. Show more

What are the natural bike and hiking trails in the Troodos Mountains?

The Troodos Mountains provide various hiking and biking trails originating naturally such as the Persephone trail, Artemis and Atalante trails, and the Caledonia trail. These paths range from an effortless stroll to a full-day excursion with varying difficulty levels and lengths. You will traverse through thick forests, streams, and waterfalls along the routes, as well as enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains. Show more

Which villages and monasteries do hiking enthusiasts recommend exploring in the Troodos Mountains?

The Troodos Mountains offer multiple suggested villages and monasteries for hikers to explore such as Omodos, a charming village having wine cellars, museums, and cobbled streets, as well as Kykkos Monastery, popular for being the island's wealthiest and most renowned monastery, and Machairas Monastery, acknowledged for its spectacular views. Each of these stops has a rich cultural and historical background to investigate. Show more

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