Cyprus Nature Trails

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    TroodosTroodos National Forest Park is at the centre of the island and covers an area of 9337 hectares. The highest point is Chionistra or Olympos (1952 m) and the lowest is Moni forest (700m). The area is magical and suitable for a variety of activities such as hiking, skiing, mountain cycling, nature study and picnics. Over 770 plant species have managed to survive, making Troodos NFP the richest botanical garden of Cyprus. The area's geology is of world-wide importance. The world's best-preserved philological complex is studied by scientists with a view to achieving an understanding of haw the ocean's crust was created 90 million years ago at the bottom of a vast ocean known to geologists as the "sea of Tethys". Along the trails, one can see samples of plutonic rock, which were created by the crystallization of magma, which took place 2000-6000 m, under the bottom of the ocean. In the area 10 trails exist covering a total lenght of 50 kms.

    Trails


    1. Artimis Trail
    Starting point: 300 m from the junction between the Chionistra rood and the Troodos Prodromos road at an altitude of 1850m
    Length: 7 kms Time: 21/2 hours
    Points of Interest: The Pinus Nigra forest, rare species of flora and rocks of the area. Of historic interest are the ruins of rough fortifications built during the final yea- of the Venetian occupation of Cyprus (1571 AD) by a group of Venetian generals who decided to put up a defence against the Ottomans at that point. It ends at a point on the Atalanti trail.

    2. Atalanti Trail (Circular)
    Starting Point: Troodos Square
    Length: 12 kms Time: 5 hours
    Points of Interest: The trail goes around Chionistra at an altitude of 1700-1750 m., passing through dense thickets of Pinus Nigra and Troodos Juniper Phoenicia. One of the largest Junipers, which are 800 years old, can be found in the area. There is an outstanding view of the entire island. Of particular interest is the entrance to a disused chromium mine, which ceased its operations in 1982. At 3 kms from the Troodos Square is a spring with drinking water.

    3. Persephone Trail
    Starting point: 150 m South of Troodos Square. Walkers must either return to the starting point or be picked up at the point where the trail crosses the forest road.
    Length: 3 kms
    Time: 1 hour to return to starting point
    Points of Interest: Rich vegetation and a breathtaking view from Makria Kontarka.

    4. Kampos tou Livadiou (Circular)
    Starting point: The forest rood leading to the "Kampos tou Livadiou" picnic site 3 kms from Troodos square and 9 kms from Karvounas.
    Length: 3 kms
    Time: 11/2 hours
    Points of Interest: A significant number of centuries-old Pinus Nigra. The trail is linked to "Kampos tou Livadiou" picnic site.

    5. Kalidonia
    Starting point: About 700m from the road between Troodos and Platres near the president's summer residence. Also accessible via a forest rood which begins at the tourist road 2 kms from the Square.
    Length: 3 kms Time: 11/2 hours
    Points of Interest: The trail follows a course along Kryos Potamos river, which never runs dry. It passes the Kalidonia Falls and ends at Psilo Dendro, in Pano Platres.

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