With the trend towards activity holidays away from beach-based breaks, holidays in the Troodos Mountains in the heart of Cyprus are becoming more popular. There are also more new property developments in the villages and mountains.
This majestic range of mountains stretches across the centre of Cyprus, reaching up to 1952 meters at the Chionistra, the highest point of Mount Olympus.
A relatively short drive away from the coasts and plains, the pine forested slopes provide a breathtaking change of scenery, with panoramic views, sweeping valleys and peaceful rustic villages.
Owning Cyprus property in the country gives access to a much more relaxed and peaceful way of life than owning coastal property.
Vineyards and olive groves cover some of the lower slopes and particularly at higher elevations there is a considerable amount of natural woodland.
The pleasant summer temperatures offer a welcome change from the searing heat on the coast.
The climate also suits a considerable variety of wildlife and many species of plants, birds and mammals.
The Troodos mountains also get a good covering of snow in the winter months and skiing and other winter sports are possible.
The village of Platres , 30 miles from Limassol is the most popular resort in summer.
While still unspoilt, it does have shops, tavernas and a discotheque and provides a good base for exploring the beautiful mountain area.
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