Whilst in Paphos is good to have a trip with your hire car to the Troodos Mountain. The imposing Troodos massif rises to 1,952m above sea level, stretching across most of the south-western part of Cyprus. Nestled within this region are some of the island’s most picturesque and tranquil local communities. Charming villages, many with cobbled streets and preserved traditional architecture built on terraced slopes, amid vineyards, almond trees, apple orchards and cherry blossoms!
First stop will be Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery. It is dedicated to Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate located about 40 km north-east of Paphos at an altitude of around 2,700 feet. It was founded by a monk called Ignatius in the 12th century. It lies 1.5 km from the today village of Panagia, birthplace of the late Archbishop Makarios III. The present building dates to 1770. In the mid 1980s the old winery of the monastery was opened and now runs successfully on a commercial basis. It produces wines from the Monastery's own vineyards.