Stavrovouni Monastery is perched on a rocky
peak 750m above sea level. Legend has it that it
was founded in the 4th century by Saint Helena,
mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, who
left a relic of the Holy Cross at the monastery.
The monks have strict rules like those at
Mount Athos in Greece. Women may not enter
the monastery. An impressive ceremony and
festival is held here on the14 September, the day
of the Raising of the Holy Cross. The monastery
of Agia Varvara on the foothills of Stavrovouni
is accessible to all visitors. The monks here are
known for their iconography skills.

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The Troodos National Forest Park covers an area of 9,147 hectares around Mount Olympus. The highest point is Chionistra(1,952m) and the lowest is Moni forest(700m). It is an area of great natural beauty, suitable for activities such as hiking, winter skiing, biking, nature study, camping and picnics.

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Souvla is a popular dish of Cyprus. It consists of large pieces of lamb meat cooked on a long skewer over a charcoal barbecue. Cypriots mostly eat souvla to celebrate occasions such as Christmas, Easter etc.

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The Troodos area offers a plethora of nature trails and mountain routes for walking, or mountain biking. Moreover, the area is ideal for angling in some fresh water dams and even for snow skiing, during peak winter months.

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It is believed that a temple dedicated to Aphrodite once existed in the Cape Gkreko area. Cape Gkreko National Park is an area of unique natural beauty, where one can admire magnificent cliff formations. Many of the 36 different orchid species growing on the island are found here, as well as crocuses and lillies.The local nature trail links the area with the Aphrodite Cultural Route.

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Kato Drys is the birthplace of Agios Neofytos, who was born in 1134. Of interest are the church of Agios Charalambos, built in 1897 and the 16th century church of Panagia, which has recently been restored. Many buildings exhibit rural architecture, with suspended balconies, as well as doors and windows carved in relief.
The Rural Museum (House of Gavriel and Eleni Papachristoforou) is housed in a restored building with remarkable woodwork, a prime example of local 19th century architecture.

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Εven picky divers need not worry about a lack of spectacle on Cyprus: long tunnels and canyons, mystical
caves, ancient amphora along the Roman harbours, majestic arches, steep rock faces descending deep down
to the ocean floor and a rich underwater flora and fauna,
unique for the Mediterranean due to the proximity of the
Red Sea.

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Εven picky divers need not worry about a lack of spectacle on Cyprus: long tunnels and canyons, mystical
caves, ancient amphora along the Roman harbours, majestic arches, steep rock faces descending deep down
to the ocean floor and a rich underwater flora and fauna,
unique for the Mediterranean due to the proximity of the
Red Sea.

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Εven picky divers need not worry about a lack of spectacle on Cyprus: long tunnels and canyons, mystical
caves, ancient amphora along the Roman harbours, majestic arches, steep rock faces descending deep down
to the ocean floor and a rich underwater flora and fauna,
unique for the Mediterranean due to the proximity of the
Red Sea.

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The small town of Polis is the location where once stood the ancient city-kingdom of Marion, an important commercial centre in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, with close ties with Athens. During the Hellenistic-Roman period, Marion was renamed Arsinoe. Polis has become
a popular sea-side resort with a noteworthy traditional centre that maintains its beauty and many of its traditional buildings.

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