Friday, January 9, 2009

Troodos mountains - Cyprus

Outstanding natural beauty

Renos Nicolaides
Writes from Nicosia, Cyprus

Troodos is the biggest mountain range of Cyprus, located in the center of the island. Its highest peak is Mount Olymbus at 1,952 meters. The geology of the area has a great scientific importance. The internationally known ophiolite complex of Troodos is one of only a few in the world lending themselves to specialized scientific research and, particularly, the understanding of the formation of the ocean crust.
Today Troodos is considered to be the best preserved and the most systematically studied ophiolite complex in the world.
Cyprus is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and one of the well known summer resorts of Europe. Every year during the winter season there are snows up on the Troodos mountains, sometimes over a meter high.

Buddy playing in the snow.

Many spectacular views.

Just the beautiful and idyllic scenery.

Troodos welcomes snow lovers.
The mountains are covered in trees of pinus, cedar, cypresses and oks.

The Troodos mountain range is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The heights are snow covered from January to March and have become a venue for skiers. In high summer the Troodos pine forests offer a cool escape from the lowlands.

Kids playing in the snow.

Η οροσειρά του Τροόδους, βρίσκεται στο κέντρο του νησιού. Η ψηλότερη βουνοκορφή του Τροόδους είναι η Χιονίστρα με ύψος 1,952 μέτρα. Το Τρόοδος παρουσιάζει μεγάλο επιστημονικό ενδιαφέρον από γεωλογικής πλευράς. Αποτελείται αποκλειστικά από πυριγενή πετρώματα, τα οποία αποτελούν το γνωστό Οφιολιθικό Σύμπλεγμα του Τροόδους, ένα από τα λιγοστά στον κόσμο. Σήμερα, θεωρείται ένα από τα καλύτερα διατηρημένα και τα πλέον ερευνημένα οφιολιθικά συμπλέγματα στον κόσμο.
Η Κύπρος είναι γνωστή για τις όμορφες αμμουδερές παραλίες και ως ένα από τα γνωστά τουριστικά θέρετρα της Ευρώπης. Κάθε χρόνο, κατά τη χειμερινή περίοδο πέφτει χιόνι στα βουνά του Τρόοδους, μερικές φορές πάνω από ένα μέτρο ύψος.

Η εντυπωσιακή οροσειρά Τρόοδος είναι μια περιοχή με εξαιρετική φυσική ομορφιά.
Ο Μπάτι τρυσευτυχισμένος παίζει στο χιόνι.

Κάθε Χειμώνα οι ψηλότερες κορυφές καλύπτονται με χιόνι, δίνοντας έτσι την ευκαιρία στους λάτρεις των χειμερινών σπορ να τα απολαύσουν. Αλλά και το Καλοκαίρι με το δροσιά του δάσους προσφέρει απίθανες αποδράσεις από τις πόλεις.
Το τοπίο είναι εντυπωσιακό γεμάτο ειδυλλιακές εικόνες.
Ατέλειωτα πήγαινε-έλα του Μπάτι στο χιόνι.
Η βλάστηση είναι πλούσια σε είδη δέντρων (πεύκη, κέδρος), θάμνων και αγριολούλουδων ανάλογα με το υψόμετρο.

Οι λάτρεις των χειμερινών σπορ σε στιγμές ξεκούρασης.

Ατέλειωτα παιγνίδια στο χιόνι για μικρούς και μεγάλους.

Στο Τρόοδος υπάρχουν εκκλησίες, δέκα από τις οποίες συμπεριλαμβάνονται στον κατάλογο της UNESCO ως μνημεία παγκόσμιας πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς.

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27 comments:

JamanFou said...

Ζηλεύωωω!!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

JamanFou. Ιωάννα, να μην ζηλεύεις καθόλου. Τον δρόμο τον ξέρεις αρκετά καλά...

Debbie said...

I guess I never thought of snow with Cyprus. I think of beaches. But in the higher altitudes I'm sure that's so. Very beautiful!

Δέσποινα said...

Εκπληκτικές εικόνες!!!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I never thought of Cyprus with snow before either. It is stunning, such a lovely place to visit. Great post, really enjoyed looking at your photos.

Presbyterian Gal said...

I join the club of the surprised about snow in Cyprus!! Very beautiful.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Debbie.Is not only you who think of Cyprus only with beaches. All our American friends who visited Cyprus were gladly surprised by the contrast of the place!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Δέσποινα μου, σ΄ευχαριστώ. Θα μας ταξιδέψεις κι εσύ από βδομάδας!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Anne in Oxfordshire. I guess so. It's worth visiting this place even once in your life time, if you have the chance! Thank you Anne for your generous comment.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Presbyterian Gal. Hi L.J. be sure that Cyprus is full of surprises. This is not the only one!! Thank you.

the donG said...

i have a friend in cyprus but i never knew that it's that beautiful!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

The Dong. Your friend might live in Cyprus, but it seems he is somewhere else!!! In which town is he staying?

prinsesamusang said...

oh wow the sight of snow like icing from those trees is just amazing! i want to have a white christmas! LOL

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Prinsesamusang. You are welcome to visit us in Cyprus during winter time!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

thanks for this amazing post - looks like alaska goes visiting everywhere, even the hottest mediterranean countries in the world!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Mediterranean kiwi. Snows everywhere up on the mountains, where they belog!!!

roadartist said...

Οικογενειακώς ταξιάρηδες είσαστε!.. Πολύ καλές φωτό!!
Και το σκυλάκι επίσης πολύ όμορφο!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Roadartist. Μαίρη έτσι έχουν να πούνε!! Ο Μπάτι είναι κούκλος!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Buddy,
I'm Sabita from nepal. best regards to all the family. Namaskar

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Hi Sabita, Namaste!
Thank you, DHANYABAAD, best regards to you and your family in Kathmandu, Nepal!!

Kim said...

Wow--you have snow!! Who knew. Looks like what's happening outside my window right this minute. Unfortunately, I can't ski through it. The new family member looks like he's enjoying the cold as well. How fun.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Kim thank you for your kind comment. May I ask you how is the planning of your trip to Cyprus? It's the only way to get full information on the island! Our new family member, cute-Buddy is adorable. Renos is enjoying his weekend again, up to the Troodos mountains with Buddy of course and their friends!

A World in a PAN said...

Snoz in such strange places ... Marseilles had 30 cm of snow last week, and Barcelona ... and it's so so cold in Paris ...enjoy the whitness.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

A World in a PAN. Thank you Laura for your comment, including the useful information.

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

I had no idea, that there was snow on cyprus!!! Wow!!! and nice to see your son, Phillip!
beautiful post and very informative!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Sarah Sofia Ganborg. Cyprus has four seasons and up on the mountains, 75 minutes from the centre there are hills on which there is show every winter.

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