Travel guide to the top of Mount Olympos in Cyprus
Mount Olympos (also known as Chionistra) is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.952m (6,404ft) above the sea level, located in Limassol District, on the eastern regions of Cyprus. At the very top there are two military bases: English and Cypriot.
Set high in the Troodos Mountains, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called F935. It’s a stunning sweeping road to the highest point in Cyprus. The very summit is out of bounds, being crowned by a British and a Cypriot long range radar station. The road doesn’t arrive to the antenna, only to a military check point, some meters below the peak.
Access to the summit of Mount Olympus is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to dangerous weather conditions. 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. 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.
The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Troodos, the ascent is 3.6 km (2.23 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 199 meters. The average gradient is 5.52%.
Pic: Dennis Bos