Panagia tou Araka - Platania E4 Long Distance Trail
After the Church of Panagia tou Araka, the route continues to the village of Saranti, climbing up a paved road to the area known as “Selladi tou Karamanli” (3 kilometres – alt. 1.180 metres). A 4 kilometres old path starts from here goes past the “Black Forests” to “Selladi tis Horas” (alt. 1.150 m) over the village of Spilia. A new 2 kilometres path leads through the forest to the area known as “Doxa soi o Theos” (alt. 1.320 m), north of the village of Kyperounta. From there, it trails along dirt tracks and paths to the Platania Forestry Station (alt.1.000 metres), 6 kilometres from the village of Kakopetria. Most of the route passes through thick natural forest of pine alternating with tall thickets of golden oak. The rock formations are mostly diabase, whereas nearer to Platania they are gabbros. In the villages of Spilia, Kyperounta and Kakopetria there are shopping, restaurants, and accommodation at hotels or agro-tourism establishments. At the Platania Forest Station there is a picnic and camping area and a small restaurant. Here, one can visit the fenced area where Cyprus mouflon are kept.