3 Great trails in Troodos Mountains

3 Great trails in Troodos Mountains

Troodos trails are like a well kept secret in Cyprus. The island is mostly known for the golden beaches and the wild parties of Ayia Napa.  Cyprus not only has trails, but also has mountain trails. Yes! It has mountains as well!

Pouziaris

View from Pouziaris trail

Troodos

Troodos is the biggest mountain range in the island. The highest peak is Mt Olympus 1952m (did you know that there are more than 8 mountains named Olympus around the world and one in Mars?)

Located in the middle of the island it will give you great views to all directions and in a clear day you can see all the way to the sea! Another great advantage is that you can drive straight to the top by car, so access to the various trails is very easy. It even has 4 slopes for skiing!

Trail Sign

Trail signs don’t have any info unfortunately

The Trails

In general the terrain is easy to cross and so are the trails (if you have never hiked before, you can read our hiking guide). The route I’m writing about here is consisted of three small trails, which together form a circular route which starts and finishes almost at the same place—Troodos square. Another great circular and much easier trail to hike in the area is Atalanti.

The trails are Persefoni, Psilo Dentro-Pouziaris and Caledonia. Basically the route starts at 1730m where the square is, then goes all the way down to 1238m and finally ascents back to 1700 again.

Pine

A Pine Tree in Persefoni trail

Persefoni is a relative wide and straight trail, so it was easy to walk even with the mediocre signs. It took us less than an hour and it was a carefree walk through the pines and junipers with beautiful views to Amiantos—an old abandoned asbestos mine. Before the trail was over we turned right to the dirt road and walked till we found a sign for Psilo Dentro.

Psilo dentro-Pouziaris trail was a little more tricky, firstly because the signage is bad or non existent  and secondly because the trail is kind of circular.

And I say kind of, because it’s more like a linear one with an alternate route for a part of it. Anyway I suggest you have a map with you even though the route is easy because of the confusing signs. You can get one for free at any Cyprus Tourism Organisation office. For the record we took the route that goes to the right as you descent. This section took us around two hours and a half to finish with stops for photographs.

Pouziaris is more narrow and more trail-like. It also gives you this serene feeling of isolation, the sense that you are far from everything. We didn’t meet a soul for the whole duration and for the better part of the trail there isn’t even a village on the horizon. The weather was great, a little cloudy but perfect for hiking. I can say that it was our favorite of the day plus I got the best photos out of it.

Pouziaris

Pouziaris Trail

The trail finished  at Psilo Dentro which is actually a tavern. From there we walked fifty meters up the main road and found signs for the small road going up again to Caledonia Waterfalls.

This trail was also straightforward and the only difficulty was the ascent. We just found the stream and walked next to it. Vegetation was very thick around there and because it was getting late, the light started to diminish. From the nature-lover’s point of view, Caledonia is the most beautiful trail of the three and that’s because water, changes the usual dry terrain you find everywhere else and allows more flora to grow around. Especially species that need lots of water like plane trees. And that’s the reason why this trail was much more crowded than the others.

It was getting late and most people were leaving. By the time we reached the main waterfall we were almost alone.

We stopped there for a break and to shoot some photos, then carried on uphill through the forest for another half an hour till we found the old B8 snake-like road which goes back to Troodos square. It was night by then, so we walked the rest 45mins in darkness.

Caledonia

Caledonia Main Waterfalls

Preparation

A pair of walking boots will server you better than sport shoes even though the terrain is not very rough.

There is no drinking water till Caledonia so prepare accordingly.

Caledonia

Lower Part of Caledonia

Overall

It was a lovely hike. Relative easy with some great views, beautiful pine forests and juniper trees. These are really some of the nicest trails on Troodos.

 

Caledonia

Caledonia Trail

All in one this trek can be walked within 6 hours with ease. It’s suitable for everyone with moderate fitness level, doesn’t pose any special difficulty at any part of it and is a great way to meet Troodos trails.

Signs

Twilight zone signs

Old Road

The old road to the square

 

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8 Comments

  1. Brian on 22 November, 2017 at 17:10

    Helpful for my upcoming trip to Cyprus!
    Thanks!

  2. Kieran Doyle on 29 March, 2018 at 16:30

    Great site, photos and info Christo. It’s really helpful. I’m hoping to send a few days exploring those trails and others. Would you recommend any place/town/area to stay as a base for a few days. I’m traveling by car so I am happy to roll into a place or I can book ahead online too. I’m heading there tomorrow or the next

    Thanks very much, Kieran from Ireland

    • Chrisostomos Kamberis on 29 March, 2018 at 17:01

      Thank you, Kieran.
      If you have a car then you have multiple choices.
      You can stay in big villages like Platres and Kyperounta
      or pick a small one like Lemithou (I stayed in Themis house there
      and it was great)
      If you do stay in a small village bear in mind that it probably
      won’t have any restaurants though.

  3. Michele on 9 September, 2018 at 09:51

    Thank you Chris. I’m about to travel to Cyprus and want to trek in the Troodos Mountain area while I’m there, so this is very helpful.
    I’ll have no car so would like to find somewhere affordable to stay, within walking distance of some good trails. I’m used to hiking & staying in hostels but not camping. Any suggestions? Most of the hotels I’m looking at on Booking.com are pretty pricey.
    Many thanks!
    Michele

    • Chrisostomos Kamberis on 9 September, 2018 at 20:02

      Hi Michele, I would suggest a place a bit lower from Troodos. Kyperounta is a beautiful village and big enough to find something on Airbnb I hope. There is also an amazing trail that starts outside the village (I’ll write a post in the near future about it)

  4. Diny Slamet on 10 October, 2018 at 04:02

    Your posts are always inspiring. We are walking Zagoria next year, inspired as we were by one of your past articles. A great way to find out about trails less trodden.

    • Chrisostomos Kamberis on 10 October, 2018 at 11:46

      Thank you! Zagoria is a place for which I had enormous expectations and when I finally got there, these expectations were met. You will love the place and the people.

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