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Exploring the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus – Our Road Trip Story Guide

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In our most recent trip to Cyprus, we used the historic town of Paphos as a base to explore. One of our favourite trips of the holiday was without a doubt a full day road trip to the Troodos Mountains and onward to the highest point in Cyprus, Mount Olympos. Read on for a complete guide for visiting the Troodos Mountains, a sample road trip itinerary and all the cool places you’ll get to see along the way. It’s Cyprus nature at its best and a must-see place for everyone!

What are the Troodos Mountains?

The Troodos Mountains are the largest mountain range in Cyprus, located roughly in the centre of the island. They’re easy to get to from all four corners of the island, making them a great day trip no matter where you’re staying. The mountain range is one of the most picturesque places to visit, where you’ll find quaint wineries, villages and stunning forests and wildlife. It’s truly unlike anywhere on the coastline.

Being such a large area, there’s a lot to see and do here, so you’ll need a full day trip and to choose your destinations carefully. We’ve recommended our own Troodos Mountains itinerary below.

Should I hire a car or book a Troodos Mountains tour?

Troodos Mountains car hire and excursions

As the Troodos Mountains are so vast, you’ll need to hire a car or visit as part of a guided tour, either on a bus or with a private guide. We personally opted for hiring a car. It’s cheap, an easy route to drive and provides lots of flexibility for seeing the main towns and sites. If you’d feel more comfortable joining an organised tour, check out our recommendations below. 😊

Tour routes may differ; however, they generally include the same must-see towns, just as you’ll see in our itinerary below.

Our Troodos Mountains and Mount Olympos road trip itinerary

As we were driving to the Troodos Mountains from Paphos, we opted for the below road trip itinerary, stopping off at each town on the way up the mountain in a linear route. If visiting from Limassol on the south coast or Ayia Napa, Larnaca and Protaras to the east, this route is also a good option.


Troodos Mountains itinerary - Shows an old couple walking hand in hand

Your drive up the mountain to Omodos will give you one of the most scenic views of the entire trip. You’ll pass wineries, rows of small villages below and have fantastic views of the countryside. Drive slowly down the hill into town to admire the terracotta rooftops of this quaint town.

Famous for its annual wine festival, Omodos is a postcard-perfect village that gives you a glimpse of local life in the mountains. It has lots of small gift shops, wine stores (which are very affordable) and winding alleyways of cobblestones. Spend an hour or two wandering the town streets, paying homage at the beautiful Timios Stavros Monastery and meeting the locals in a corner café. Omodos was a highlight of our Troodos Mountains itinerary!

Shows the streets of Omodos in the Troodos Mountains

Pano Platres

Trekking through a forest in Pano Platres

Drive further up the hill and you’ll start to enter the more forested area of the mountain range. Plano Platres is a haven for holiday-seekers that want some time in nature, going on walks during the day and snuggling up in a wooden lodge in the evening. We parked up for a short walk through town and then embarked on the Millomeri waterfalls nature trail. It takes around 40 minutes of walking through to the forest to reach the small but beautiful Millomeri falls. Here you can relax with a snack and admire the view. 

Although the trail is marked out on Google Maps, it’s not 100% accurate and you may get a little lost so be careful with your route. You can always ask a fellow hiker for directions. Decent footwear is also highly recommended!

Pano Platres forest trek - Susie on a bridge

Gerokamina view point

GEROKAMINA VIEW POINT - Road trip itinerary

Driving further up the mountain, you’ll start to encounter miles of tall pine trees and a winding road of nature. The drive up here is breath-taking to look at and would be a race-car driver’s dream! It reminded us of the alpine routes in Austria or Western Canada…

On your way to the next destination, be sure to stop off at Gerokamina view point. It provided awesome views of the valley below and has picnic benches to enjoy lunch with a view.

Shows a bear overlooking a viewpoint in the Troodos Mountains

Troodos Square

Shows a restaurant in Troodos Square, Cyprus

You’re almost reaching the highest point in Cyprus! Troodos Square is the small town right below the final ascent to Mount Olympos. It’s a quiet town that attracts both locals and tourists and has a handful of traditional restaurants that overlook the villages and valleys below. You also have a collection of gift shops, ice cream parlours and a nice park. We personally used Troodos Square as a lunch spot as it marked halfway through the day. All that driving can make you hungry!

Aim to spend an hour or so exploring town before getting back into your car and making the final ascent to Mount Olympos.

Troodos Square - Troodos Mountains itinerary

Mount Olympos

Shows the view from Mount Olympos in Cyprus

Standing at 1952m above sea level, the majestic Mount Olympos is the highest point in Cyprus. The drive here from Troodos Square takes an additional 10-minutes. On the way to the very top of the mountain, you’ll arrive at the Sun Valley Olympos Cafe & Restaurant. During wintertime, this entire area has a layer of snow and is a popular winter sports destination. Summer sees a lush-green canopy of trees and views of the valley below.

Travel slightly further up Mount Olympos and you’ll arrive at the highest point, which is currently occupied by a military checkpoint and a radio antenna. There really isn’t a lot to see at the summit of Mount Olympos and you’ll have to stay in your car – the military checkpoint won’t let you proceed past the roundabout. Nevertheless, it’s great to say you’ve reached the highest point in Cyprus! We recommend returning to Sun Valley Cafe to enjoy a drink with a view.

At this point and depending on how long the rest of the day-trip has taken, you may wish to head back to your hotel and relax after a long day of driving. If you still have time to explore the Troodos Mountains and want to add one or two additional destinations before calling it a day, check out our recommendations below.

Kykkos Monastery

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Kykkos is one of the best known and wealthiest monasteries in the whole of Cyprus. It sits on a mountain-side, surrounded by forest terrain and a winding road that leads all the way down to the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Inside the monastery you’ll find golden furnishings on every corner, an impressive range of paintings and murals on the ceilings and colourful Cypriot decor. It was founded by the Bzantine Emperor in the 11th century and is a sign of beauty and riches throughout.

Spend an hour or so exploring the inside and outside of Kykkos and taking pictures of the breath-taking scenery that surrounds the monastery walls.


KYPEROUNTA village at sunset

Much like the town of Omodos, Kyperounta is a smaller village that sits even higher up in the Troodos mountains. It’s the third-highest altitude of all towns in Cyprus, at a staggering 1300m above sea level. Drive into town to catch a glimpse of the quaint terracotta rooftops and valley below. You can then park up and go for a short walk into town. Grab a snack, meet the locals and admire the low-key life the locals enjoy here. We highly recommend a stop at the small Kyperounta winery.


Quaint village streets in the Troodos Mountains

Kakopetria is a small village that sits at the foothills of the Troodos Mountains as you drive further north. It has an excellent tree-top adventure park, as well as cobblestone streets, cafés and shops that you’ve encountered throughout the rest of Troodos. Kakopetria is slightly off the tourist trail and suits those that want a feel of the local life away from the tourist attractions and crowds.

Top tips for visiting the Troodos Mountains

Shows a village in the Troodos Mountains
  • Set off on your Troodos Mountains itinerary early in the morning. There’s a lot to see and do in one day and you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss anything!
  • If visiting during the winter months, it can be quite cool in the mountains, falling a few degrees lower than the Cyprus coastline. It even has snow! Pack a jacket just in case.
  • The day trip involves quite a lot of driving. Take frequent breaks and try to share the driving if travelling with someone else that has a licence. Roads are very quiet and easy to navigate!
  • Make sure you mark out your various destinations on your sat nav or Google Maps app before setting off. It’ll keep your route marked even if you lose signal.
  • Pack lots of snacks and drinks for your drive. A picnic with a view can be enjoyed almost anywhere in the mountains.
  • Make sure you stop off at viewpoints for some picture taking and drone footage – there are various viewpoints near the top of the mountain. 

We hope our guide to the Troodos Mountains will help you plan your own epic road trip! After seeing a lot of Cyprus’ top attractions, Troodos and Mount Olympos are unlike anything else. The nature and outdoor scenery are breath-taking and we recommend a trip here for anyone that likes the great outdoors!



Author bio:

An adventurer at heart that loves anything outdoors. Beaches, mountains and amazing scenery is everything I love about travel! I also enjoy home comforts and need a nice place to relax and re-charge after every trip.

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Comments (9)

Thank you, hope to do this drive in the next day or so, it looks lovely.

Going up to Troodos mountain which is the best car to hire. Will be going to ski run. Will we need 4 x 4. I heard police stopping cars if they are not suitable

Hi Margaret, I’m sure most of the Troodos villages and roads will be available to you in a normal car (non 4×4). The only issue you might have is driving up to the very top of the mountain if it’s snowing. There’s a ski resort at the summit and I imagine it can get quite hazardous up there, but it all depends on the weather at the time and how much snow there is. If you’re unable to reach the very summit I don’t think you’ll miss much. The rest of the Troodos villages below have the best viewpoints in our opinion 🙂

We hope to do this in the next day or so. Thanks Margaret.

Going up to Troodos mountain which is the best car to hire. Will be going to ski run. Will we need 4 x 4. I heard police stopping cars if they are not suitable

We hope to do this in the next day or so. Thanks Margaret.

Thank you so much for this! Just came back from following this guide and it was sooo beautiful and relaxing helped navigating where to go, took away and confusions

My partner and I did this trip yesterday and I thought I’d leave our experience to help others out.

We rented a car to do this, costing €90 for two days (€500 excess fully comp insurance included) and set off from Paphos. The round trip cost us roughly €20 in fuel in a Toyota Corolla saloon.

This trip could be completed in any car, the roads are very good and absolutely no off road capability is required by whatever car you hire.

I would recommend hiring a car rather than a pre planned trip as it gives you more freedom to do whatever you please in your time in the mountains but that’s personal choice.

We first went to Omodos and had an explore and coffee. A nice village well worth visiting. An old wine press that is available to see is a highlight.

We then went to Millomeris Waterfall. A huge must if you are making this trip. The walk there was very up and down hill through the forest and the path is clearly marked with yellow arrows to follow. There’s not many places you can in fact go the wrong way. I would recommend suitable footwear as the terrain can be tricky in places but I’d say all in all it’s a beginner level walk. There is a place to get water and a snack along the way towards the end of the walk that is the waterfall and the whole round trip will be roughly an hour to an hour and a half depending on how long you spend at the falls. It was mostly shaded and cooler the and the lowlands which made for a very comfortable walking.
Along the way you can experience a lot of wildlife such as butterflies, lizards, birds and even a small snake was spotted!

Following this we visited the viewing spot noted in the article which was worth stopping for.

Then on to Troodos Square for some lunch and a look round the settlement and up to the summit where not a lot is really available to you other than driving back down.

Also on this trip we visited Troodos Botanical Gardens which is very worth including of this is your kind of thing. This was also bursting with wildlife and a nice pond where you can watch frogs if you’re quiet enough. The visitors centre closes at 15:00 but the gardens stay open til 19:00.

We then headed back.

Trip start time was roughly 09:30 and we returned about 17:15 to Paphos.

Thank you to the author of this article. It was very helpful and we had a lovely experience built around your hard work of putting this together.

Hi Oliver

Glad you enjoyed the article and thank you for sharing your experiences with us and other readers I’m sure they’ll find it useful when it comes to planning a trip to Troodos 🙂


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