The village of Platres is situated on the fringe of the forest on the southern slopes of the Troodos mountain range, at an altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level. It has an ideal climate that is cool and dry during the summer months with temperatures ranging from 27°C to 12°C. In the winter months it's really cold, it usually snows and temperatures can go down to -5°C.
In the 1930s and 40s, visitors from neighbouring countries used to spend the summer in the mountains of Cyprus to escape the heat. Among them was King Farouk of Egypt and the Greek Nobel prize winning poet George Seferis who referred to Platres in his poem "Eleni", noting that "in Platres nightingales will not let you sleep." In the dense forests of the area, nightingales sing all night from mid-May to end of June.
Today, Platres is a popular mountain resort among Cypriots and visitors from all over the world. The scenic surroundings are ideal for hiking, walking, cycling, mountaineering and skiing. The cherry blossom in spring, the rich fruit harvest in summer and the excellent wine produced in the area charm and delight the visitor.