With the trend towards activity holidays away from beach-based breaks, holidays in the Troodos Mountains in the heart of the island are becoming more popular. The majestic range of mountains stretches across the centre of Cyprus, reaching up to 1952 metres at the Chionistra, the highest point of Mount Olympus. Vineyards and olive groves cover some of the lower slopes and particularly at higher elevations there is a considerable amount of natural woodland. The pleasant summer temperatures offer a welcome change from the searing heat on the coast. The climate also suits a considerable variety of wildlife and many species of plants, birds and mammals. The village of Platres, 30 miles from Limassol is the most popular resort in the summer. While still unspoilt, it does have shops, tavernas and a discotheque and provides a good base for exploring the beautiful mountain area. A short drive away from the coasts and plains, the pine forested slopes provides a breathtaking change of scenery, with panoramic views, sweeping valleys and peaceful rustic villages.