VIA LIMASSOL WINE VILLAGES & TROODOS MOUNTAINS
Experience the cosmopolitan life the island has to offer in two of the biggest cities, Limassol and Nicosia. Limassol encases the coastal life while Nicosia, as the island’s capital, highlights the city life. Both however combine modern and traditional architecture, reveal history with many museums to visit, and offer cafes, restaurants and shopping streets for endless hours of entertainment.
Enjoy the nightlife in both cities and find a variety of accommodations fit for all tastes.The Red route combines Modern life found in the two cities of Limassol and Nicosia, with a taste of the traditional ways of rural life of the island. Discover agrotourism at its best at the famous wine villages, the heart of Cyprus.., the Troodos mountains, as well as historical relics part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The red route, takes you from the coastal city to the island’s center via traditional wine villages. The wine lover’s route, taking its color from the wine, take you via wineries, perfect for a wine tasting stop and picturesque vineyards. On your route enjoy amazing panoramic views such as the Laona Area in Vasa Village, which offers panoramic views of the Troodos Mountains via vineyards. Taste amazing food at local taverns offering traditional cuisines and spend the night in unique traditional Houses. Experience the Cypriot hospitality, filoxenia, in rural Cyprus with friendly locals. Pass through the Troodos Mountains and discover wonders of nature! Follow nature trails which lead you to mesmerizing waterfalls, such as the Kaledonia and Millomeris, nestled within dense green vegetation and pine forests. Discover the village of Platres built with the unique architectural tradition of the Alps. Sit down at one of the Taverns or restaurants for some tasty food, enjoy a coffee or explore the unique shops. And if the sun sets while you’re still exploring spend the night at one of the many accommodations offered.
Visit the highest peak of the island, Mount Olympus, and see panoramic views of the island . If you are visiting during the winter admire the mountain tops dressed in white and grasp the opportunity to ski! Follow one of the nature trails found in the area or trek down to the Troodos square. There you will find restaurants and cafes for a cooling break, unique souvenir shops, a children’s playground and the Troodos information centre. Alternatively spend the night at the Troodos hotel.
Descending towards the capital city find Amiantos. There you must visit the Troodos Geopark Visitor Centre, which includes a museum and information center about Troodos’ Geology and History. Next to the Geopark find Troodos Botanical Garden. In the Amiantos Areas is the historical Amiantos Mine, which is worth a visit.
The next stop is the favorite tourist destination, Kakopetria village. Built in the Solea region with beautiful, traditional architecture. Nestled amongst a lush forest and crossed by the river Klarios. Trek along the nature trail which lets you walk along with the river. Visit the historic churches, of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis and Panagia tis Podithou, the latter found in the neighboring village of Galata, both part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the traditional taverns or restaurants, or take a break at one of the coffee shops. Spend the night at one of the hotels or in a traditional home within the old village of Kakopetria.
On your way to the last stop be sure to visit the church of Panagia tis Asinou, also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Make a pit stop at the Xiliatos Dam, where you can find a picnic site and a beautiful Nature trail which offers amazing views of the lake and the surrounding forest. The last stop is Nicosia city, where you can experience the cosmopolitan way of life on the island. For a taste of history visit the Old City as well as the Museums.