This scenic valley situated on the northwestern slopes of the Troödos Mountains cradles some of the region’s most important and impressive sights, such as the splendid Kykkos Monastery, Pedoulas' beautifully frescoed church Archangelos Michail, and the humble Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery. The Marathasa Valley is home to several picturesque villages which are slowly being discovered by more discerning visitors: Kalopanayiotis is an example of how agrotourism can transform the fortunes of a previously little-known mountain village. The area is also one of the best regions for hiking in the Troödos, with trails available to suit all levels of fitness.
The best times to visit the Marathasa Valley are spring and autumn when wildflowers display their dazzling rainbow of colours. Fruit trees also flourish in this mild climate; cherries are famously grown here, giving a vibrant cascade of brilliant pink blossoms in springtime.