The beautiful valley of Solea, known as the "apple valley", is situated along the main Lefkosia (Nicosia) – Troodos road and incorporates the picturesque mountain villages of Evrikhou, Kakopetria and Galata, popular hillside resorts which retain much of their traditional architecture, as well as smaller ones, such as Flassou, Korakou and Spilia also well worth a visit.
Kakopetria has a range of hotels and restaurants and a beautiful central square with tall plane trees and coffee shops, where you can try the traditional homemade sweets of the area or sit round a fireplace in winter. The old quarter of the village is a listed area with cobbled streets where old houses have been carefully restored or reconstructed. The Platania picnic site, a few kilometres north of the village, is popular with Cypriots, opposite which is a mouflon sanctuary where one can see the island’s national animal.
The Solea area is well known for its Byzantine churches, three of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list – the church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, with its pitched roof, 4 km from Kakopetria, the church of Panagia Podithou in Galata and Panagia Asinou Church outside the village of Nikitari, with some of the finest wall paintings on the island.
Some of the most important copper mines are found in the lower part of Solea, while the charming village of Katidata, next to Skouriotissa mine, exploited since antiquity, has an interesting mine museum.