Hiking The Athalassa

The 8th most popular hiking trail in Cyprus.

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The National Forest Park of Athalassa park is situated at the Southeastern edge of the capital and covers an area of 840 hectares. Afforestation 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.

Agios Georgios (Circular)

Starting Point: Two parking lots. The hiking trail goes round the banks of the small reservoir of the same name.

Length: 2 kms. Time: 1 hour

Points of interest: Picnic area and reservoir.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 pic-nic area, or that at the SE entrance near Latsia.

Length: 10.5 kms Time: 4 hours.

NW Entrance Pic-nic area - Agios Georgios

Starting Point: NW pic-nic area

The two pic-nic 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 purpose. The path is situated to the left of the Aglantzia - Geri road.

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, Athalassa is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 8 hikes in Cyprus.


Reference Source:  click here http://www.visitcyprus.org.cy/

Article Source:   Hiking The Athalassa https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=17145

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  7/14/2016

ID:  17145

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