The Beauty of the Troodos range and Hospitality

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Olga's Katoi Traditional House in Kalopanagiotis

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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Beauty of the Troodos range and its picturesque villages



In this entry I am giving some more photos from this beautiful village of Kalopanagiotis, one of the villages of the Troodos range.



It seems to me that I am very lucky because the weather in November is just beautiful, and I love the colours of Autumn. It is so pleasant walking, and it is neither hot nor cold. Not even cool…..it is just pleasant to be here with this beautiful and unbelievable weather!

I simply wish to mention a few things about the Troodos Mountains below and let people who follow me get an idea of what to expect out here.



So, if someone comes out here, can find charming villages, some with cobbled streets and preserved folk architecture, nestle on terraced slopes amid vineyards and orchards of almond, hazelnut and cherry trees. When I was a young girl and I was living in Cyprus with my family we used to come to the Troodos villages, but most of the times instead of having lunch at different restaurants we used to have picnics next to a burbling mountain stream. We used to hide among fern plants, and our laughter could be heard in the round area.



A visitor can spend the day walking along one of the many nature trails, resting at a picnic site along the way, or visit the Visitor Centre in the Troodos forest part area.  The Cedar Valley is home to an unusually large number of Cypriot cedars and so far from the madding crowds that the only sounds you will hear when you switch off the engine of your car are those of nature. In the evening nightingales songs will lull you to sleep.



Visitors who prefer the charm of a quiet, rural environment to the hustle and bustle of a tourist resort can opt to stay at a traditional house in a village.  The villages up the Troodos range are really beautiful. The pictures I include can assure of this, but of course it is not only the traditional houses up in the mountains but throughout the island.  They might be old but with modern kitchens and bathrooms, furnished with rustic furniture and soft furnishings in traditional weave.  Most of these houses have a garden, others might have a swimming pool as well…..but I am not after swimming pools myself anyway!



Out here in these villages of the Agrotourism programme one can feel the human touch.  This is what I am after!! The spirit of hospitality is very strong and believe me Cypriots have a reputation for being friendly. Stay in a restored village house or inn, and experience rural living at first hand. The majority of Cypriots speak the English language and you will instantly be accepted and given a taste of the local culture and way of life.  Cypriots are so friendly, and many times just by greeting them don't be surprised to be invited in for a cup of coffee, some chat, even for lunch.  But don’t expect to be called in if you don’t open up to them yourselves, or if you don’t feel this human touch yourselves.  



The people’s helpful nature means that if your car ever breaks down you will never be stuck at the roadside for more than a few minutes before someone stops to help.

I am absolutely sure that you will make many good friends in Cyprus and come back again and again!

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Dwyer Lavery on

I have been there and will be going back again next week for a one week vacation and I can verify your story of how beautiful the area is and also how friendly and welcoming the locals are. That is why I am going back.

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