The hunters of the highest mountains head almost exactly in the middle of the island to the Troodos Mountains. It is here that Mount Olympos, sometimes spelled Olympus, the highest mountain in Cyprus, rises to 1,952 metres above sea level.

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The rounded hill offers 360-degree views of the entire mountain range, and you can easily see the Mediterranean Sea in the background.

Climbing Mount Olympos

Getting to Mount Olympos in Cyprus is very easy. There is a convenient tarmac road from Troodos, which leads almost all the way to the top, and there is no toll. The free parking lot is located only about 350 meters below the summit at the Sun Valley Olympos restaurant.

Route map from Troodos to Olympos: google.com/maps.

You can hike the two marked trails around the mountain. The first one is a 13.5 km long trail that can be followed from the trailhead to the trailhead. Atalante Trail directly from the village of Troodos, but it doesn't take you to the summit at all, it just circles Olympos.

The second is a 7 km long circuit Artemis Trail, which circles the mountain almost at the summit. It starts and finishes at the parking lot of the lower station of the short cable car of the local ski resort, from where you can walk directly to the top (about 300 meters).

Troodos Ski Resort

Directly below the summit of Mount Olympus is the only ski resort in Cyprus active for about 2-3 months of the year. The best chance of getting enough snow is in January and February.

You can ski here on a total of 4 km of slopes, reached by 1 chairlift and 3 lifts. There is skiing from 9:00 to 16:00 daily and a day pass is available at 15 eur on weekdays or 25 eur at the weekend. Full equipment rental is available at 15 eur per day.

The official website of the ski resort: cyprusski.com.

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