Mount Olympus (also known as Chionistra), at an elevation of 1.952m (6,404ft) above the sea level, is the highest point in Cyprus. It is located in the Troodos Mountains, in the center of the island. A British long range radar currently operates at Mount Olympus' peak.
The road to reach the summit (F935) starts in Troodos and it has a total length of 3,9km. The road doesn’t arrive to the antenna, only to a military check point, some meters below the peak. This road is asphalted and usually open all year long. To visit the peak, morning may be better as clouds can build up during the day and may well be lower than you, but they do not form every day.
To reach the summit, starting from Kato Platres, the ascent is 14.82 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 981 meters. The average percentage is 6.6 %. If you go biking, you need to take care where you rest: there are eight species of snakes in Cyprus, three of which are venomous but only one it's dangerous to men: the Vipera lebetina or Blunt Nosed Viper. In case of a snakebite by this viper, medical attention should be sought immediately. All snakes are most active during the summer.
Pic: Dennis Bos