Deborah and Jackie’s Panagia – 9 March

Our hike of Saturday 9th March 2019 takes place in the Paphos District in the area around Pano Panagia village, the birthplace of Archbishop Makarios. The walk is circular and has spectacular views over the village of Panagia and the Kannaviou reservoir, across to the Akamas peninsula, the Paphos forest and Troodos mountain. Jackie and Deborah are leading the hike, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 99315380 or 99853125.

The walk is chiefly along dirt farm roads and is approximately 10 km long. Its technical difficulty is graded 3 (difficult), due to the changes in elevation, particularly at the start of the trail, when we climb steeply from 864m to 1,145m within a short distance. There is little shade and it would be a good idea to bring water. The trail is of around 3 and a half hours duration and winds through vineyards, as this area is well known for its famous wineries.

Aside from a number of well positioned viewpoints along the route and flora and fauna signs, other points of interest are the Fire Lookout Station, the Chapel of Profitis Elias and on the way to the taverna, we will pass the Panagia Chrysorogiatissa monastery.

The hike starts at 11:30 am. We meet at the start of the trail, next to the church of Agios Georgios in Pano Panagia on the E606. There is parking space uphill along the road leading to the trail.

At the end of the walk, we will drive to Amargeti village for lunch at a local taverna, the Spirit of Life Forever, Chrysorogiatissa 31, on the E606 (GPS ref 34.823625,32.583249). There is easy access from here to the motorway for your return trip. To facilitate arrangements, for your better service, you are required to pre-register, if you are joining us for lunch. To do so, please sms the walk leaders or e-mail Xenophon by end Thursday. No need to register if you are not dining.

You have the choice of meeting the group at the walk start, or meet at the designated meeting point in Nicosia. In either case, you need to carry copy of this set of instructions. Meeting in Nicosia offers two important advantages: we drive in full cars, leaving some cars behind; thus, we save in fuel and enjoy the trip in good company. The meeting point in Nicosia is the Handicrafts Centre (Kentro Heirotechnias) on Leoforos Athalassas (Athalassa Avenue), which offers ample parking space. The car trip starts at 9:15 am. Please ensure you observe start times, for the benefit of the group.

How to get to the hike start from Nicosia or Limassol:

Take the motorway (A1) from Nicosia to Limassol and then continue to Paphos on the A6 until exit 46 to Agia Varvara, zero your odometer and follow the E606 to Panagia for 26 km to the trail start next to the church of Agios Georgios in Pano Panagia. GPS reference for those using Maps.me or Google maps is 34.918431,32.631496. For Strollers who have downloaded the Wikilocs app on their phones, the trail can be found and followed under the name of Vouni Panagias Trail posted by jwd2005. Equally, the app Maps.me has clear directions to reach the trail start and how to follow it.

How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Hilton hotel area:

Get yourself on Makarios Avenue, heading out of town and set your odometer to zero as you drive past the Nicosia Hilton hotel. At the 0.1 km reading you reach traffic lights (with the Apoel club building on your right), go straight. At the 0.5 km reading you reach another set of traffic lights, go straight. Driving along, you pass a few more traffic lights, staying on this main road (named Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue). At the 2.1 km reading, you reach a principal set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn right here. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue. At the 0.2 km reading you see a large empty space on your right and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your left. Park in the parking area. We meet here. The Handicrafts Centre is next to the church of St. Barnabas.

How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Presidential Palace area:

Get to the round-about next to the Presidential Palace. From downtown Nicosia you reach this along the Kyriakou Matsi avenue or along the D. Severi avenue. Set your odometer to zero on the round-about and drive along the principal road towards Strovolos. At the 0.3 km reading you reach traffic lights. Go straight. At the 0.6 km reading you reach a 2nd set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn left. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue full of shops. At the 2.6 km reading you see a large empty space on your left and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your right. Park here.

Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Hilton area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/phjc6s7

Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Presidential Palace area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/neo9duy

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