Hiking The Stavros tis Psokas

The 5th most popular hiking trail in Cyprus.

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The Forest Station at Stavros tis Psokas is in the heart of the Pafos forest, the largest and most beautiful pine forest (pinus brutia) of the island. It can be reached from Pafos (51 kms), via Kannaviou, or from Polis Chrysochous (34 kms). All forest roads leading to Stavros tis Psokas are earth tracks, except for a section of the Kykkos - Stavros road.

At the station there is a hostel (Tel. 02-352324) a cafeteria (Tel. 02-732512) and an organised pic-nic site. Nearby there is an enclosure where visitors can admire the renowned Ovis gmelini ophion (Cyprus Moufflon), and the Dama dama (a deer introduced to Cyprus from abroad).

Quite close from there (19 kms) is the well-known Cedar Valley. The three nature trails in this area have a total length of 9.5 kms.

Horteri Trail (Circular)

Starting Point: "Platanouthkia" site, about halfway on the Stavros tis Psokas - Selladi tou Stavrou road. Initially, the trail follows an upward course and can be tiring, especially in summer.

Length: 5 kms Time: 2 hours

Points of interest: An outstanding view of the valley of Stavros and the Forest Station. Near the starting point is a spring with drinking water.

Selladi tou Stavrou Trail (Circular)

Starting point: Selladi tou Stavrou

Length: 2.6 kms Time: 1 hour

Selladi tou Stavrou - Heliport

Starting point: Selladi tou Stavrou

Length: 1.9 kms Time: 1 hour

Points of interest: An outstanding view of the Stavros valley. For a long walk, hikers can walk from the Forest Station to Selladi tou Stavrou, via the forest road, then along a trail back to Stavros via the forest road. The route is 5 kms long, and takes 2.5 hours.

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, Stavros tis Psokas is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 8 hikes in Cyprus.


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

Article Source:   Hiking The Stavros tis Psokas https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=17149

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  8/13/2016

ID:  17149

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