Cyprus Nature Trails

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  • Forest Park Of Athalassa
  • National Forest Park Of Athalassa


    The park is situated at the Southeastern edge of the capital and cavers an area of 840 hectares. A forestation began in 1904 with the planting of various forest species, mainly from abroad. Over 500 trees, shrubs and herbs have been recorded in the area, 12 of which are endemic. At Athalassa N.F.P. a network of trails has been created covering 20 kms.

    Trails


    1. Agios Georgios (Circular)
    Starting Point: Two parking lots. The trail goes round the banks of the small reservoir of the same name.
    Length: 2kms. Time: 1 hour
    Points of interest: Picnic area and reservoir.

    2. Agios Georgios - Botanical Gardens
    Starting point: A point on the south side of the Agios Georgios reservoir.
    Length: 2.5 kms Time: 1 hour
    Points of interest: Botanical Gardens next to the Forest Nursery which opens Monday- Friday: 07:30- 14:30

    3. Botanical Gardens - Picnic area at SW Entrance
    Starting Point: Botanical Gardens
    Length: 2.2 kms Time: 1 hour
    Points of interest: A route among pine, eucalyptus trees, cypresses and acacias.
    A picnic area next to Athalassa reservoir with volleyball and basketball courts.

    4. Athalassa Reservoir (Circular)
    Starting point: Picnic area at NW entrance
    Length: 2.2 kms
    Time: 1 hour
    Points of interest: A walk around the reservoir. Observation point for hybrid birds.

    5. Picnic area at NW Entrance - Park of Nations
    Starting Point: NW Entrance of Picnic area (4 different routes)
    Length: 2.5 kms Time: 1 hour

    Points of interest: Park of Nations where Foreign Heads of States visiting Cyprus plant trees in remembrance of their visits.

    6. Park of Nations - Agios Georgios
    Starting point: Park of Nations
    Length: 2.5 kms Time: 1 hour
    The 6 walks described above are part of a circular walk, the starting point of which is either the Agios Georgios picnic area, or that at the SE entrance near Latsia.
    Length: 10.5 kms Time: 4 hours.

    7. NW Entrance PIc-n1c area - Agios Georgios
    Starting Point: NW picnic area
    The two picnic areas are linked by a third walk, which goes past the Athalassa reservoir and entrance 1.
    Length: 4 kms Time: 2 hours

    Note: Dogs are allowed only on a 1.5 km path, built specially for this purpase. The path is situated to the left of the Aglantzia - Geri road.

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