HIKING TRAILS DIFFICULTY RATINGS
All nature trails are divided in 3 categories of difficulty, as follows:
Category 1: Easy trail, with gentle gradient. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Category 2: Average degree of difficulty, suitable for adults in fair to good fitness levels. Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), and/or course along narrow or rough terrain.
Category 3: High degree of difficulty. Route with difficult terrain such as sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), course along particularly rough and/or slippery, and/or narrow, and/or steep terrain. Suitable for adults in very good to excellent fitness levels. Unsuitable for young children. …
“GET BACK TO NATURE”
Explore the island’s natural beauty, especially its fauna, flora and mining heritage, by walking its nature trails, which have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes of Cyprus.
A series of unique and complex geological processes have made Cyprus a model for scientists and a key to understanding the evolution of planet Earth and its oceans.The wooded summit of Troodos is the deepest layer of a piece of oceanic crust and the upper mantle of the earth, i.e. an ophiolite formed 90 million years ago, 8000 metres below the surface of the sea. Cyprus’ forests are mostly natural woodlands of great biodiversity and major ecological significance.
In general the terrain is easy to cross and so are the trails. The routes start and finish almost at the same place. The Troodos square. The trails are Atalanti, Persephone, Psilo Dentro-Pouziaris and Kaledonia.
Basicaly the Atalanti Route starts at 1730m where the square is, then goes to 1830m and finally ascents back to 1748 again.
The routes of Persephone, Psilo Dentro-Pouziaris and Kaledonia starts at 1730m where the square is, then goes all the way down to 1238m and finally ascents back to 1700 again.
STARTING POINT: Troodos Square
ESTIMATED DURATION: 4 – 5 hours
DIFFICULTY RATE: 2
STARTING POINT: 150m south of Troodos Square, in the direction of the police station.
ESTIMATED DURATION: 1 hour
DIFFICULTY RATE: 1
Psilodentro Pouziaris Trail
ESTIMATED DURATION: 3 – 4 hours
DIFFICULTY RATE: 3
(This path is very challenging due to the uphill and downhill areas of the route.)
STARTING POINT: (A) 350m from the main road of Troodos Square – Platres, 3km from the square. You can also access the starting point from the old Troodos – Platres road, after the Presidential Summer Residence. (B) At the Psilodentro (Tall Tree) above Pano (Upper) Platres