We will spend this day-trip exploring the green heart of Cyprus — the mountains of Troodos and its breathtaking, unspoilt nature.
It’s difficult to overestimate its charms — there are the stunning mountain views and filling the air is the fresh healing power of the pine forests. On the way, you will see several picturesque villages, which were once beloved by the British during colonial times.
Our guests from Paphos will visit the unique village of Pano Panagia where the first President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, was born. We will drive through the narrow cobbled streets of the village and stop at the Monastery of the Virgin Chrysorrogiatissa, founded in 1152.
Our guests from Limassol, Larnaca and Ayia Napa will visit Lania, known as the Artists Village and one of the most attractive in Cyprus.
Over the years, the village became a paradise for artists (which is how it got its nickname), and its many workshops are open to the public. There are also vintage photographs of 1894 on the walls, showing the residents of Lania. The village is home to an old winery with a traditional, well preserved wooden grape press. Located in the heart of the village is the fascinating church of the Virgin Chrysolanitissa.
We continue our journey through the heart of Troodos with a brief stopover at a viewing platform, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and take pictures.
Afterwards, we will go to the wealthiest and most famous monastery of the island — Kykkos, founded in 1092. The monastery houses one of the miraculous icons of the Virgin Mary, painted by the Apostle, Luke. The walls of the monastery will amaze everyone, decorated as they are with magnificent mosaics and frescoes by the best icon painters.
Another stop will be the great Orthodox Monastery, Trooditissa. The most important relic of the monastery is the icon of the Virgin Mary. You can also find the miraculous belt at the altar, given to the monastery as a gift by a woman who managed to conceive with the help of the Virgin.
On the way back you will have the opportunity to experience the art of local winemaking in the family-owned winery, Ktima Gerolemo. And, of course, we will pass by the authentic village of Omodos, well-known for its hospitality and home to the Monastery of the Holy Cross. In Omodos you will have plenty of time to stroll through the narrow village streets and buy souvenirs.
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