Cyprus is known to be the island of the gods. On your trip through Cyprus, the gods will accompany you at every turn. Here you can expect not only ancient Greek excavations, but also countless sights that are named after Greek gods. Mount Olympos is the highest mountain in Cyprus and is named after Mount Olympus, the seat of the gods in Greek mythology. Around the summit runs the Artemis Nature Trail, which owes its name to the goddess of the forest. In fact, nowhere are there more forests than in the region around Mount Olympos. Accordingly, the Artemis Trail runs in about 1850 meters in altitude through beautiful black pine forest but allows spectacular views of the Troodos Mountains at almost every turn. In fact, the Artemis Trail reveals the beauty of the region. It is the highest hiking trail in Cyprus and panoramic views of almost the entire island can be experienced. I don’t want to deprive you of this sight. In this blog post, I will introduce you to my personal hike on the Artemis Nature Trail. For me, this high-altitude hike on Mount Olympos was an absolute highlight on my trip through Cyprus. A great adventure that I will never forget. I hope you enjoy reading my travelogue and I’m glad you came across my travel blog.
My hike on the Artemis Trail in brief
If you click on a link below, you will be taken directly to the corresponding section of the route. It starts at the parking lot of the Artemis Trail. The first section of the route directly opens some beautiful views of the Troodos Mountains. This is followed by a section on the southern slopes of Mount Olympos through black pine forest and Cyprus cedars, which, however, allow views of the mountains again and again. On the western slopes, unobstructed views of the mountainous landscape of Cyprus open up. Afterwards, the Artemis Nature Trail becomes narrow, rocky, and runs along the precipice. In return, breathtaking views await you, reaching all the way to the sea. The last section of the route passes again through great forest areas and passes ancient black pines.
In total, the hike on Mount Olympos is 7.2 kilometers long and I needed about 2 hours. The route does not have a significant slope, so no extraordinary condition is required. Although the hike is located at 1850 meters altitude it is easy to manage. Respect for height should be present, however, because the Artemis Trail runs partly along unsecured slopes. The paths are stony, but well developed, signposted and recognizable. Hiking shoes are nevertheless mandatory here. There are no refreshment stops or drinking water on the hike, so enough provisions should be taken. I have marked the route and all important points on the map.
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Parking at Artemis Trail
Well developed nature trails with signposting
Highest hiking trail in Cyprus
How to get to Mount Olympos
Travel by car
The trail has its own parking lot at the start of the route (see map). Parking there is free of charge. Through the Troodos Mountains runs the road B9, from which you have to turn off the E910 in Troodos. After about 2 kilometers you will reach a road that leads to Olympos. From Troodos to the Artemis Trail, it takes about 5 minutes. I recommend to stop at the turnoff, because there is a viewing platform that promises beautiful views of the northern part of Cyprus. I was here at sunrise (see pictures).
To Mt. Olympos by bus
From Kakopetria bus line 45 goes to Troodos. Bus line No. 408 runs between Nicosia and Troodos. The bus stops in all towns along the B9 road. From the south, bus line 64 runs from Limassol to Troodos and stops at the places along the B8 road. However, from Troodos it is a 2.2 km walk uphill on a hiking trail to the Artemis Trail. I have marked the bus stops on the map. You can find more information on the website Cyprus by Bus.
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My hike on the Artemis Trail
Shortly before I reach the parking lot of Mount Olympos, I stop at a glass viewing platform that promises breathtaking views of Cyprus. You can find the sunrise pictures above. The parking lot at Artemis Nature Trail, located at 1830 meters, is empty. I pack my things, put on my hiking boots, and follow the signs. The trail leads me directly into an incredibly beautiful black pine forest and immediately opens up beautiful views of the Troodos Mountains. It is early. The morning sun shines on the mountain slopes and puts a warm cloak of light over the indescribable mountain landscape. It is fresh up here, but in the valley, people are slowly awakened by the warm rays of the rising sun.
I walk past bizarrely shaped black pines, small boulders, and a field full of cairns. Again and again, the Artemis Trail opens up great views of the Cyprus landscape. Everything is enveloped by a golden cloak of light, which makes not only the surroundings but also my mood shine.
Short Facts for your Trip
For hiking on the Olympos I recommend you to travel between April and November. The Artemis Trail is located at 1850 meters altitude and runs in the shade, so it is a bit fresher there even in summer. During the months of December to March, there is a high probability of snow on Mount Olympos. I managed the hike in early November.
Varied hiking trail around Mount Olympos
The trail is in constant alternation between small, wooded areas and stony passages directly on the precipice. To my left, views of the surrounding area open up. On the right, a slope stretches uphill towards the summit of Mt. Olympos. Unfortunately, the highest peak of Cyprus is not visitable, because there is a military radar station of the British.
I hike at the same altitude over the southern slopes of Mount Olympos. Black pines and Cyprus cedars stand along the trail and repeatedly provide shade from the incoming sun. Indeed, the Artemis Trail lives up to its name because Artemis is the Greek goddess of the forest. In fact, nowhere in Cyprus is there as much forest as in the region around Mount Olympos.
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Viewpoints of the Troodos Mountains
In a valley cut I pass a ski lift and a ski hut, which do not look as if they are still in operation. After crossing a juniper grove, I slowly leave the wooded areas behind. The Artemis Trail now runs directly along the precipice on the west side of Mount Olympos. Here, spectacular views of the mountains and landscape of Cyprus open up again. I pass a formation of harzburgite lying on the slope, which contains uplifted deep rocks from the earth’s mantle.
Artemis Nature Trail: the highest hiking trail in Cyprus
A passage follows that makes it clear that I am on the highest hiking trail in Cyprus. Boulders lie before me, bizarrely shaped trees protrude from the stones, and in the distance the peaks of the Troodos Mountains rise into the air. Behind the mountains stretches the lowlands that finally end at the Mediterranean Sea. From up here, 1850 meters above sea level, I look out over all of Cyprus.
The last section of the Artemis Trail
I follow the hiking trail back into a forest. Suddenly it gets dark, because here the sun has trouble to unfold its rays through the dense crowns and high trunks. I reach a second ski lift, behind which the Artemis Trail again leads into the forest. Shortly thereafter, I stand in front of a 500-year-old black pine that clearly outshines the surrounding trees. A great attraction at Mount Olympos.
The last part runs through forests above, but parallel to a mountain road. There are other viewpoints along the way where I can look up to Madari and beyond. (Feel free to check out my blog post on the Madari Trail). About 30 minutes after the mighty black pine, I return to the parking lot. There I meet other tourists for the first time who are just starting out on the Artemis Trail. Have fun on this great trail around Mount Olympos!
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Conclusion of the Artemis Trail around Mount Olympos
In summary, the route is beautiful, and I liked it very much. Those who appreciate the mountains and nature will love this hike. The alternation between forest and views over the mountains makes the Artemis Trail special. You can discover something new at every turn, even though the trail is at a consistent elevation. No relevant hiking experience is needed to tackle the route, but respect for heights should be present. You are here at almost 1900 meters of altitude. In any case, hiking boots should be worn. The circular hike is 7.2 kilometers long and takes about 2 to 2.5 hours. I was on Mount Olympos in November, in the low season. It was sunny and still around 20 degrees. However, it seems a bit fresher at high altitude due to the wind and the shady forest. Therefore, you can go hiking here even in the hot midsummer. During the winter months and into April, you can expect snow on the Artemis Trail. I can highly recommend this attraction. The views are breathtaking, and the nature is beautiful. For me, the high-altitude trail at Mount Olympos was an absolute highlight on my Cyprus trip.
Hotels and accommodation near Mount Olympos
The best starting point for the hike on Mount Olympos is the region around Troodos. In the village there are bus connections, supermarkets, restaurants, and accommodation. A selection of accommodations can be found under this link* The nearby village of Prodromos* is also a good place to stay. I stayed in Pedoulas at Christys Palace Hotel* and was very satisfied.
Of course, there are countless other places in the region that offer accommodation. Below you will find a selection for the entire Troodos region.
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