Atalanti Nature Trail took its name after the mythological runner and trainee of the goddess Artemis. Brave and uncompromising, unwed woman who lived based on the values of Artemis. The route begins and end at the Troodos square. The outdoor shed of the starting point is located on the northwest of the Square behind the old post office building. If you reach Troodos in a vehicle there is a parking space available ta the Square. The course of the route is not characterised by the high level of hiking difficulty. However, you must be especially prudent as you traverse as there are bulky rocks. The specific Trail is harmonised ideally with the Artemis Nature trail as of mutual level hiking routes. Both rotate around the Chionistra, however Atalanti Trail is of ground and altitude at a lower level. Its circular course is trekked amongst a cluster of thick black pine trees, additionally on your exploration you will come across Juniper trees, 800 years old. While you walk it is important to note the signs which provide important information about the rare protected species of flora and unique rock formation of the Opholite complex of the mountain range.
Points of interest
The trail goes around Chionistra at an altitude of 1700-1750 m., passing through dense thickets of Pinus Nigra and Troodos Juniper Phoenicia. One of the largest Junipers which is 800 years old can be found in the area. There is an outstanding view of the entire island. Of particular interest is the entrance to a disused chromium mine which ceased its operations in 1982. At 3 kms from the Troodos Square is a spring with drinking water.
Tips & Resources
2. Do not smoke and keep your food inside your backpacks. Protect the environmental treasure from unexpected fires.
3. Do not make unnecessary noise. Respect the natural world of the birds, the animals and enjoy the natural sounds.
4. Maintain the space clean. Leave your trash in the bins or choose to take them with you.
5. Spend the night in the visitors’ camp sites.
6. The entrance to vehicles within the path is not allowed.
7. Protect the natural beauty by avoiding cutting branches, bushes or unrooting plants and carving trees.
8. The lighting of fires in protected areas is strictly prohibited. Respect what is offered from nature and the camping site. Lighting fires is allowed ONLY in special barbecue sites.
Inform immediately the Forestry Department on +357 22805511 or 1407 (Emergency contact, 24 hour a day) if you see smoke or fire.
The responsible environmental consciousness can improve our planet. Remember nature is accommodates us. It opens its heart into her world. Respect her home, her residents, the flora and fauna.