If you are in the Troodos area, try to include a visit to these churches as part of your itinerary. You should definetely do this if you are renting a car. There are actually 10 churches and as a local i ve only visited 6 of them so far! They are all impressive with magnificent frescoes and interesting architecture. If you visit 2 or 3 you still get the idea. I would definetely recommend (i) Virgin Mary Phorbiotissa (also known as Our Lady of Asinou) near the village of Nikitari, (ii) Agios Nikolaos Stegis near the village of Kakopetria, with the impressive double roof (stegi) and (iii) Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Church in the village of Kalopanayiotis, which is my favourite. These 3 churches are easliy accessible (compared to others that are more difficult to find). As other commentators mentioned, some churhes are sometimes locked and its difficult to locate the key holder. The 3 churches i mentioned are quite popular and whenever i went, they were open and there was always someone there (eg the local priest) who was willing to give a small tour for the visitors and point out the unique frescoes and other artifacts. You can visit all 3 churches in the same day. The route is very nice as you are surrnounded by green forest. Close to the church of Asinou there is a tavern where you can have a stop. The village of OLD Kakopetria (5 minutes drive from church 2) is also lovely and maybe you should consider a stop there too. And finally for church number 3 in Kalopanayiotis, there is also a very interesting museum with Byzantine artifacts next to the church. From the church you can see the village of Kalopanayiotis which is very pretty and within walking distance. Very near the church there is a small river with an old bridge and its nice to go for a walk there too. Do consult the following site on the internet (The Cypriot Monuments of UNESCO Religious Route), for the opening / closing times of each church as it would be a great pity to visit and find them closed - the interesting bits are inside the churches! Arrange you itineray accordingly, but with the above suggestions you can spend a very nice WHOLE day in the Cypriot mountains!
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