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Platres is a mountainous village in Cyprus. It is located on the southern slopes of the Troödos Mountains and is one of the Krasochoria . Platres is the largest Troodos resort, situated about 5km from Troodos square, 25km north-west of Limassol and 45km south-west of the capital Nicosia. Platres is a very old village and is mentioned among the 119 villages of the Limassol district that existed during the Lusignan Era and the Venetian Era . Platres or Pano Platres is the principal hill resort of Cyprus. The town has a resident population of fewer than 300, but this can swell to 10000 during tourist seasons.Pano Platres is a name given to the village in the recent years after the village of Tornarides was renamed to Kato Platres . Despite this change everyone refer to the village of Pano Platres with its original name of Platres.In the past the villagers were mainly shepherds and vine growers. Later most vine fields were converted to orchards, producing cherries, apples, pears, peaches and more. However, since the early 20th Century many people have dedicated themselves to the booming tourism sector. Platres has been a popular hill resort since the British took control of the island of Cyprus in 1878. In the arid hills of the Troödos range, Platres is relatively unusual in straddling a perennial stream, providing a reliable source of drinking water and allowing a profusion of foliage not commonly seen on the island. Importing their taste for cool retreats, away from the heat of the coast, the colonial settlers rapidly established a network of hotels, bars and shady walks around the small village that previously existed on the site. Over the years, Platres gained a reputation as the destination of choice for many notable people, including King Farouk of Egypt and the Nobel Prize-winning poet Giorgos Seferis. The Brandy Sour cocktail, a drink intimately associated with Cypriot cuisine, was developed for King Farouk during the late 1930s, at the Forest Park Hotel which is situated in Platres. The same hotel is also known as the location at which British writer Daphne du Maurier composed the majority of her acclaimed novel Rebecca. These are some of the reasons that Platres have been recently called "The Village of Kings and Poets". The resort retains many hotels and bars today, and operates as both a cooler alternative to the major coastal resorts during the summer, and as a skiing base during winter months for the nearby ski slopes of Mount Olympus.Explore the family-friendly attractions of Platres and add them to your vacation plans using our Cyprus attractions tool.
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€38 BOOK WITH VIATOR Blue Lagoon (Akamas) excursion from Paphos Blue Lagoon (Akamas) excursion from Paphos
Duration: 8 hours
€45 BOOK WITH VIATOR 100% Cyprus - Tour to Troodos mountains and villages (From Paphos) 100% Cyprus - Tour to Troodos mountains and villages (From Paphos)
Duration: 8 hours
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Duration: 4 hours
€27 BOOK WITH VIATOR BLUE LAGOON (Akamas) Relax day from Paphos BLUE LAGOON (Akamas) Relax day from Paphos
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€97 BOOK WITH VIATOR Vino Venture: Explore With A Local - Troodos Mountains thru Wine! Vino Venture: Explore With A Local - Troodos Mountains thru Wine!
Duration: 7 hours
€20 BOOK WITH VIATOR Nafsika II Half Day Cruise Nafsika II Half Day Cruise
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
€59 BOOK WITH VIATOR Jeep Safari to Akamas National Park: Avakas Gorge Tour from Paphos Jeep Safari to Akamas National Park: Avakas Gorge Tour from Paphos
Duration: 8 hours
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