The mountains of the Troodos rise grandly above the scorching plains and coastal strips of Cyprus’ south, culminating in Mt Olympus, the country’s highest peak at 1952m. In the past the mountains have provided refuge to religious communities, colonial civil servants and the wealthy of the Levant seeking respite from the heat. More recently it attracts skiers in winter and, in summer, hikers and weekend picnickers throng the spiralling mountain roads. Visitors to the Troodos should allow themselves at least a week to see most of what the region has to offer.