The sparsely populated area flanking the western foothills of the Troödos Mountains is home to several delightful villages, where traditions hold fast and the local Cypriot dialect is just that bit more impenetrable. If you’re looking for a route to central Troödos from the west coast, you can now easily follow a mixture of good sealed and unsealed roads into the mountains. The best route takes you to Kykkos Monastery via the village of Pano Panagia, the birthplace of the island’s famous former archbishop-president Makarios III.
The Cedar Valley is the highlight of the Western Troödos hinterland, home to a large number of the unusual indigenous Cypriot cedar (Cedrus brevifolia), a close cousin of the better-known Lebanese cedar. There is a picnic ground here and the opportunity to hike 2.5km to the summit of Mt Tripylos.