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Rural Destinations : Troodos : Regions

The region east of Mount Olympos is known as Pitsilia, and includes some 40 villages. Picturesque valleys are criss-crossed with vineyards and almond, hazelnut, walnut and other fruit trees. Pitsilia is known as the orchard of Cyprus. A good time to visit is in the spring, when the entire Valley is in flower.

Agros Village is situated in the heart of the Pitsilia region in a beautiful valley, where wild roses grow in the hills. The village includes a 19th Century monastery and is famed for its production of traditional foods such as hiromeri (smoked ham), loukanika (spicy smoked sausages) and lountza (smoked fillet of pork). The Pitsilia sausage is well-known in Cyprus, and has received the Presidium Award from the Slow Food Foundation.

The Church of Stavros tou Agiasmati is located in Platanista Village. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the church was build in the 15th Century, and has a near-complete cycle of wall painting.

Palaiochori Village is mentioned in records from the 13th Century, and it is believed that King Henry II gave this village to the Knights Templars. The Church of Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Transfiguration of the Saviour) is a UNESCO World Heritage site dating to the 16th Century. The Byzantine Heritage Museum (tel. 22-643-012) is located in Palaiochori.

An traditional olive press is located in Spilia Village. This is a single-room stone building with a 19th Century olive press, stone olive mill and other equipment used at the time.

The 12th Century Panagia tou Araka Church is loca-ted in Lagoudera Village. This is a 12th Century UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most important in Cyprus. It includes frescoes of the late Comnenian style, dating to 1192.

Follow these links for information on rural Cyprus as well as travel and tourism information in Cyprus.

Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Cyprus’ National Tourism Organisation. Visit this site for in-depth information on tourism in Cyprus.

Cyprus Agrotourism Company
The company offering licensed traditional agrotourism accommodation in various villages across Cyprus.

Association of Cyprus Travel Agents
The official association of travel agents and tour operators, regulated by CTO and EU law.