Hiking The Machairas
The 3rd most popular hiking trail in Cyprus.
Saturday 23 July 2016 04:45 GMT
The Machairas Forest - Lefkara - Kato Drys - Vavatsinia area has four trails. The 4 trails in this area are near the picturesque villages of Lefkara, Kato Drys, Vavatsinia, and the area of Kionia in the Machairas Forest.
Lefkara, with its stone-built houses, is renowned for its hand-made embroidery, known as "Lefkaritika". The beautiful House of Patsalos houses the Traditional Museum of Embroidery & Silversmithing. The rich flora of the area includes a rare plant, strictly protected by the Bern Convention, the Lefkara Astragalus (Astragalus macrocarpus ssp. lefkarensis).
Kionia - Profitis Ilias
Starting Point: Kionia picnic site. Accessible either from Vavatsinia or from the Machairas Monastery road which leads to Kionia.
Length: 7 kms Time: 3 hours
Points of interest: The hiking trail goes down to the Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah) where there is a spring with drinking water.
Vavatsinia (Spilia tis Athasias)
Starting point: A loose surface road which begins at the Vavatsinia - Kionia forest road, 3 kms outside Vavatsinia
Length: 2 kms Time: 1 hour
Points of Interest: "Spilia tis Athasiasξ (cave). It is believed that this was a shaft used for mining.
Lefkara - Chapel of the Transfiguration (Circular)
Starting Point: In the village of Lefkara, on the road to Vavatsinia. An uphill course to the chapel which eventually leads back to the village.
Length: 3 kms Time: 1 1/2 hours
Points of interest: The chapel of the Transfiguration (Metamorfosis tou Sotiros) built on the peak above Lefkara (727m). A panoramic view of Pano and Kato Lefkara, Kato Drys and the Monastery of Agios Minas.
Lefkara - Kato Drys
Starting Point: The same with trail No 3. After the chapel, the trail takes another path down to Kato Drys.
Length: 2.5 kms Time: 1 hour
Points of interest: The well-known Agios Minas Convent can be seen near Kato Drys.
Opening Hours: The convent is open to groups of visitors from Mondays to Fridays only.
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, Machairas is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 8 hikes in Cyprus.