Bridge and Pond at the Troodos Botanical Gardens in the summer.

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Troödos Botanical Gardens

Top choice in Troödos Mountains

Part of the excellent Troödos Geopark, this is a small but well-laid-out botanical garden with a lily pond and other water features, including a tumbling waterfall. Species in the park include common, rare and endangered flora, with the garden split into thematic sections including aromatic, endemic and traditional garden plants. There's a short audiovisual presentation about the local flora, and a photographic exhibition covering the history and restoration of the site's former (somewhat alarming) asbestos mine.

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