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Atalanti Nature Trail

Atalanti Nature Trail in Platres

Things You Don’t Want to Miss

Circular Trail

Starting Point: Troodos Square
Ending Point: Troodos Square
Degree of Difficulty: Medium
Length: 14km
Duration Hour: 4 – 5 Hours

Point of Interest:

From an altitude of 1,700 to 1,750 metres, the trail circumnavigates Chionistra mountain while traversing dense forests of black pine (Pinus nigra subsp. pallasiana) and Foetid Juniper (Juniperus foeditissima). The trail contains one of the largest trees, a Foetid Juniper, which is 800 years old. There are breathtaking vistas of the entire island. Particularly intriguing is the entrance tunnel of the chromium mine, which has been decommissioned since 1982. The initial trail concludes along the Troodos-Prodromos road nine kilometres away. In order to proceed along the trail, you must traverse the main road and proceed approximately 200 metres along the forest road of Katoikies Chromiou in the direction of the Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis church, which is indicated by a wooden sign. The trail is roughly parallel to the main road and terminates at Troodos Square, where the Troodos National Forest Park Environmental Information Centre is located. A fountain containing potable water is situated three kilometres from the point of departure for Troodos Square. This is Flora Golden oak (Quercus alnifolia), Manouthkia (Pterocephalus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus – an evergreen small shrub with delicate pink flowers), Urse mint (Mentha longifolia subsp. cyprica), and Troodos Alison (Alyssum troodi) are endemic plants that can be observed while hiking. Mammals are the principal species of fauna present in the region. Fox, hare, hedgehog, and Mouflon… The birds Wood pigeon, Bonelli’s eagle, Eurasian jay, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), and Cyprus wheatear are all endemic species. The Cyprus viper and Cyprus snake are endemic reptiles.

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