The first section of the route traverses Rizoelia National Forest Park, a recreation area offering a wide range of services such as a picnic site, cycling and walking paths, sporting grounds and scenic points. Ramblers can admire the scenic view of the town of Larnaka (Larnaca), the Salt Lake, Larnaka Airport, the village of Aradippou and the west side of Stavrovouni rocky peak. The dominant forms of vegetation types throughout the park consist of cypress trees, pines and acacia, together with low growing shrubs, mainly thyme, prickly burnet, wild asparagus and caper. Rock formations consist mainly of gypsum, chalky marls, alluvial deposits, river terrace deposits, marls and calcarenite. On leaving the park from the northern exit, the route heads towards Panagia ton Ambelion or Panagia Aimatoussa along a 1 kilometre paved road, crosses the Larnaka (Larnaca) - Lefkosia (Nicosia) highway (A2) by means of an overhead bridge and travels parallel to the Rizoelia - Agia Napa highway (A3). It then crosses the Larnaka - Athienou road and enters the village of Kellia. This section of the route alternates between dirt track and paved road along 4 kilometres. It crosses the village of Kellia, passes along rural roads, through Voroklini Forest (alt. 100 metres) and climbs along forest roads to the Chapel of the Prophet Elias offering panoramic views of the whole of Larnaka Bay, the British Sovereign Base Area of Dhekeleia and the surrounding villages. The route then passes through Voroklini village and continues eastwards to the bi-communal village of Pyla (3 kilometres dirt track), inhabited by both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The village provides a wide choice of tavernas offering excellent fish dishes. From Pyla, ramblers may head south along the coastal road of Dhekeleia, a tourist area with many restaurants and hotel accommodation, and on towards the free Ammochostos (Famagusta) district areas, returning via the Kokkinohoria (red soil villages). Alternatively, they may head back towards Pyla.
About 9 - 12 hours
Larnaka Salt Lake
A stopover for thousands of migratory birds and particularly noted for the flamingos