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Nature Trails



Platres area has "three nature trails"

 

 

 

Kalidonia Nature Trail

 

Starting point: About 700m from the road between Troodos and Platres near the President's summer residence. Also accessible via a forest road which begins at the tourist road 2 kms from the Square.

 

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.

 

Psilo Dendro - Pouziaris Nature Trail

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. The first route is circular. It passes through dense thickets of Pine 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 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: (II) 9.5 kms Time: (II) 4 hours 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: (II) Psilo Dendro - Kryos Potamos - Kalidonia Falls - Psilo Dendro 8 kms Time: (II) 3 hours.

 

Point of interest: For the first kilometer it passes through dense pine thickets (Pinus brutia) changing to black pine (Pinus nigra ssp. pallasiana), after 3 km. Panoramic views.

 


In many cases, there are signposts in place, to indicate the starting point of the trail, as well as flora and geology features along the route.

 

Although walking in Cyprus can be enjoyed throughout the year, the recommended seasons are during late Autumn (November) and spring, when the Cyprus rural and forest areas are at full bloom.

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