Hiking The Pitsylia
The 5th most popular hiking trail in Cyprus.
Saturday 20 August 2016 04:45 GMT
A mountainous region east of Troodos, of which the most important villages are Palaichori, Agros, Alona, Askas, Polystypos, Platanistasa, Kyperounta, Pelendri, Chandria, Dymes, Agridia, and Kato Mylos. The region is filled with rare natural beauty and a large variety of ecosystems and landscapes. The natural Pinus brutia forests together with the thickets of the endemic Gold Oak cover large areas.
Doxasi o Theos - Madari Fire Station
Starting point: "Doxasi o Theos" (Glory to God) 2 kms from Kyperounta and 5 kms from Spilia.
Length: 3.75 kms Time: 2 hours.
Points of interest: A panoramic view from an altitude of about 1600 m.
Teisia tis Madaris
Starting point: The end of the previous trail. This hiking trail follows a course around the Madari peak where a Forestry Department Fire Station is situated and ends at the road which leads to this. Taking this road will lead to the starting point.
Length: 3 kms Time: 1 1/2 hours
Points of interest: The very high ,spectacular cliffs along the trail offer exceptional scenery. Visitors can climb the highest peak of Madari (1613 m)
Lagoudera - Agros
Starting point: The trail begins at the country road at Lagoudera under the "Koukkides" cafeteria, continues past the Polystypos - Lagoudera - Madari crossroad, then takes a loose surface road for 2.6 kms and reaches the Madari-Papoutsas mountain crest. From this point the trail has two forks. One fork (I) leads down the hill towards the Agros dam and ends at the village. The other (II) follows a course along the crest and continues along a secondary road which leads to the Madari Fire Station.
Length: (I) 6 kms Time: (I) 21/2 hours
Length: (II) 6.7 kms Time: 3 hours
Points of interest: The trail passes through vineyards and orchards of apple, cherry and pear trees. The first fork runs parallel to the Lagoudera river, which it crosses at two points.
The Madari-Papoutsas crest offers a panoramic view in all directions.
Panagia tou Araka (Lagoudera) - Stavros tou Agiasmati
Starting Point: Lagoudera or Stavros tou Agiasmati 3 kms from Platanistasa.
Length: 7 kms Time: 3 hours.
Points of interest: The church of Panagia tou Araka (1192 AD) and that of Stavros tou Agiasmati (1494 AD) both with beautiful wall paintings are among the nine Byzantine churches of the Troodos area included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The trail passes through a pinus brutia forest, vineyards, almond trees and old stone terraces. To the east of the trail we can see Kionia, to the north Morfou valley, Pentadactylos range, Xyliatos dam, Mount Olympos to the west and Madari to the south.
Agros - Kato Mylos (Circular)
Starting Point: Near the Hotel "Rodon" in Agros.
Length: 5 kms Time: 2 hours
Points of interest: Apple, cherry and pear orchards, vineyards, and rose gardens which give the famous Agros rosewater.
"Petros Vanezis", Alona (Circular)
Starting point: A point at the main street of the village of Alona near the Youth Centre.
Length: 1.5 kms Time: 1/2 hour
Points of interest: Alona is one of the prettiest villages of Pitsilia, with stone-built houses, literally steeped in greenery. The trail passes through dense hazelnut plantations ending down the river.
Agia Eirini - Spilies tou Digeni (Caves of Dhigenis)
Starting point: The village of Agia Eirini
Length: 3.2 kms Time: 11/2 hours
Points of interest: The trail ends at the Caves of Digenis which were used as a hiding place by the fighters in the 1955-59 struggle for independence. They have been restored and attract a large number of visitors.
Asinou - Agios Theodoros
Starting point: The chapel of Asinou. The trail passes through rural roads leading to Agios Theodoros village.
Length: 4 kms Time: 2 hours
Points of interest: The church of the Virgin of Asinou with its renowned wall - paintings has been declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage Monument.
Cyprus is known for its extensive trail network through the Troodos Mountains. In all, there are 48 well marked trails covering 200km with varying levels of difficulty.
Overall, Pitsylia is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 8 hikes in Cyprus.