Cyprus Nature Trails

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  • Stavros Tis Psokas
  • STAVROS TIS PSOKAS

    The Forest Station at Stavros tis Psokas is in the heart of the Pafos forest, the largest and most beautiful pine forest (pinus brutia) of the island. It can be reached from Pafos (51 kms), via Kannaviou, or from Polis Chrysochous (34 kms). All forest roads leading to Stavros tis Psokas are earth tracks, except for a section of the Kykkos - Stavros road. At the station there is a hostel (Tel. 02-352324) a cafeteria (Tel. 02-732512) and an organised picnic site. Nearby there is an enclosure where visitors can admire the renowned Ovis gmelini aphion (Cyprus Moufflon), and the Dama dama (a deer introduced to Cyprus from abroad).
    Quite close from there (19 kms) is the well-known Cedar Valley. The three nature trails in this area have a total length of 9.5 kms.

     

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    Trails

    1. Horteri Trail (Circular)
    Starting Point: "Platanouthkia" site, about halfway on the Stavros tis Psokas - Selladi tou Stavrou road. Initially, the trail follows an upward course and can be tiring, especially in summer. Length: 5 kms Time: 2 hours
    Points of interest: An outstanding view of the valley of Stavros and Forest Station. Near the starting point is a spring with drinking water.

    2. Selladi tou Stavrou Trail (Circular)
    Starting point: Selladi tou Stavrou,
    Length: 2.6 kms Time: 1 hour.

    3. Selladi tou Stavrou- Heliport
    Starting point: Selladi tou Stavrou
    Length: 1.9 kms Time: 1 hour
    Points of interest: An outstanding view of the Stavros valley. For a long walk, hikers can walk from the Forest Station to Selladi tou Stavrou, via the forest road, then along a trail back to Stavros via the forest road. The route is 5 kms long, and takes 2.5 hours.

    4. Psilo Dendro - Pouziaris
    Starting point: The junction of the Platres - Mesa Potamos forest road and the Moniatis - Platres - Troodos road near Psilo Dendro.

    Three different routes start from the above point.
    (a) The first route is circular. It posses through dense thickets of Pi1e to Pouziaris peak, from there to Kaminouthkia stream, then to Vryses and back to the starting point at Psilo Dendro.
    Length: 8 kms Time: 3 hours
    (b) The second route is an uphill walk towards Pouziaris and ends at a point of the Troodos Square - Makria Kontarka (Persephone) Trail (I) via which one can go to Troodos Square (II).
    Length: (I) 7 kms Time: (I) 3 hours
    Length: (ll) 9.5 kms Time: (II) 4 hours
    (c) The third route initially follows the same course as the previous route, up towards Pouziaris, but then takes a secondary forest road to Kryos Potamos at the starting point of the Kalidonia trail.
    Length: (I) Psilo Dendro - Kryos Potamos 5 kms Time: (I) 2 hours
    Length: (ll) Psilo Dendro - Kryos Potamos - Kalidonia Falls - Psilo Dendro 8 kms Time: (I) 3 hours.

    5. Myllomeris Falls
    Starting Point: Opposite Platres Church
    Length: 1.2 kms Time: 1/2 hour
    Points of interest: The trail leads to Myllomeris Falls.

    6. Kalopanagiotis - Oikos
    Starting Point: Kalopanagiotis village.
    Length: 1.5 kms Time: l hour
    Points of interest: The trail posses through the Kykkos Watermill, the Kalopanagiotis spas, the Agias Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery included in the Unesco Word Cultural Heritage List, the spring of Farogga where one can have a rest and ends in the village of Oikos Marathasas.

    6. Kampos tou Livadiou - Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church, Kakopetria
    Starting Point: Kampos tou Livadiou, 2kms from the Troodos Square on the road to Karvounas.
    Length: 8 kms Time: 31/2 hours
    Points of Interest: The trail passes through tickets of pinus Nigra and follows a course along the edge of cliffs with a view towards the Potamos tou Chromiou (stream). The trail ends at the loose surface road Platania - Apotheri - Agios Nikolaos where one can choose between three route which ends at the Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church, included in the Unesco World Cultural Heritage List, Kakopetria village or the Platania picnic site.

    7. GERAKIES (Circular)
    The picturesque village of Gerakies is situated in the beautiful Marathasa Valley 65 kms from Lefkosia. It is built on the slope of a mountain, amid rich vegatation, on the fringes of the Pafos Forest.
    Starting point: Top Trees Hotel
    Length: 4 kms Time: 2 hours
    Points of interest: The trail takes an upward course to the fire station, progresses along the mountain crest, and then descends to the village centre.

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