We drove along the winding road through the
beautiful Cedar Valley in the Paphos Forest.
There are over 200,000 cedars in this secluded
and peaceful valley. They are the indigenous
Cyprus cedar, Cedrus brevifolia, a close
relative of the famous cedars of Lebanon.
We visited the Kykkos Monastery before driving
to Mount Olympus (6420ft). Then a short trek
to visit to Kalidonia Waterfalls before our
last stop at the Keliphos Venetian Bridge.
We saw the rare sight of a group of caterpillars
on the move.
The Monastery of Kykkos is the richest and
most lavish of the monasteries of Cyprus,
with its impressive gold and brass
fronted church and richly decorated corridors.
Dedicated to Panagia, it possesses one of
three icons attributed to Agios Loukas the
Evangelist. The icon, covered in silver gilt,
is in a shrine made of tortoise shell and
mother-of-pearl that stands in front of the
iconostasis. The Monastery of Kykkos was
founded around the end of the 11th century,
during the reign of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos
(1081-1118 AD). The first President of the
Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III,
served here as a novice and is buried nearby
upon his death in 1977. The monastery produces
zivania and a variety of other alcoholic
It takes about 40 minutes of relaxed walking
on a dirt trail to reach the Kaledonia waterfall
from the trout farm on the main Troodos to
Platres road. It is the highest waterfall
Kelifos Medieval Venetian Bridge
Kelefos Bridge is the most famous of the
remaining single arch medieval bridges in
Cyprus. It is possible to walk to the Ella
and Roudia bridges in the same area but the
signage is not clear. Kelefos is accessible
down a 6km single track road from Agios Nicolaos.
It is close to the Arminou Dam and reservoir.