Troodos mountain area awarded for its rural tourism resorts
Brussels, Oct 30 – The Troodos mountain range in Cyprus is one of the ten European rural tourist locations awarded with the “European Destinations of Excellence” (EDEN) prize.
European Commission Vice President Gunter Verheugen awarded the ''European Destinations of Excellence'' prize to the ten best emerging rural destinations, at the European Annual Tourism Forum in Portugal on 26th of October.
The aims of EDEN are to draw attention to the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European tourist destinations and to promote destinations where commercial success goes hand in hand with social, cultural and environmental sustainability. It also creates awareness of Europe’s tourist diversity and quality, besides promoting Europe as the foremost tourism destination in the world.
A Commission press release referring to the ten winning destinations of excellence in 2007 has described Troodos as “A relaxing break away from cosmopolitan coastal resorts”, noting that Troodos has five distinct regions, grouped around Mount Olympus.
“The area offers an abundance of things to do and see: walking or cycling through forest nature trails, attending local village festivals, experiencing the local traditional cuisine and discovering the cultural treasures of UNESCO World Heritage sites are among the main pursuits,” it adds.
The other nine prize-winning destinations are: Pielachtal valley in Austria, Durbuy community in Belgium, the district of Sveti Martin na Muri in Croatia, the region of Florina in Greece, the Orseg region in Hungary, the Clonakilty District in Ireland, the site of Specchia in Italy, Kuldiga town in Latvia and Nadur site in Malta.