Artemis (Circular) - Lemesos (Limassol) District, Troodos Forest Nature Trail
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Artemis (Circular) - Lemesos (Limassol) District, Troodos Forest Nature Trail
Artemis (Circular) - Lemesos (Limassol) District, Troodos Forest Nature Trail
GPS coordinates of the starting point: Lat: 34.933166 Lon: 32.871986
GPS coordinates of the ending point: Lat: 34.933221 Lon: 32.871964
Altitude of the starting point: 1,835m
Altitude of the highest peak: 1,850m
Altitude of the end peak: 1,835m
Starting point: 300m from where the Chionistra road meets the Troodos - Prodromos road.
Length: 7km
Estimated duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Difficulty rate: 1

 

Points of interest: The trail passes through the black pine forest where you will also encounter rare species of flora and rock formations of the area. You can find two perennial black pine trees (Pinus nigra subsp. pallasiana) that are around 500 years old. Of historic interest are ‘The teishia tis palaias choras’ ruins of makeshift fortifications built in the last years of the Venetian occupation of Cyprus (1571 AD) by a group of Venetian generals attempting to defend themselves against the Ottomans. The route circles around the top of Mount Olympos (Chionistra) at an altitude of 1,850 metres, offering an excellent view in all directions. The trail is located within the Troodos National Forest Park and you will find the Environmental Information Centre for the Troodos National Forest Park at a distance of 2.2km from the trail.

Flora: While hiking you can study the endemic plants: Cyprus Skullcap (Scutellaria cypria subsp. cypria), Spurge (Euphorbia cassia subsp. rigoi), Cyprus germander (Teucrium cyprium subsp. cyprium), Troodos sage (Salvia willeana), Pondikangathos (common subshrub) (Astragalus echinus subsp. chionistrae).

Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are:

Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog.

Birds: Bonelli’s eagle, Eurasian jay, Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic).

Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus snake (endemic).

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