UPDATE: Hiking will be followed by a meze lunch, at our taverna of choice in Kakopetria village. Participants registering for lunch will receive further details via e-mail the day before the event.
Join the Cyprus Strollers on Sunday 29 January 2023 for a combination stroll with a strong cultural aspect and a strong romantic aspect. We visit the adjacent villages of Kakopetria and Galata in the valley of Solea and walk mostly along the paved roads and stone-paved roads of the villages, stopping to admire seven of their magnificent old churches, some of which date back to the Renaissance times, and other beautiful sites. The second part of this walk follows the banks of the river Clarios. This is a most popular outing, which this time we offer with variations, extending the riverside part, which you will find picturesque. The stroll is rated easy (degree of difficulty 1 ½) because even though it includes lots of uphill and downhill, its duration (pure walking time) is only 120 minutes, and it assumes as many stops as the treasures on our way.
The stroll starts at Galata and visits the church of Saint Nicholas, then the church of Panagia tis Podithou, built in 1500, which is located very close to the church of Archangelos (Archangel), also known as Theotokos (Mother of Christ, Virgin Mary). Our intention is to provide live commentary by a local guide, in English, inside these two churches. We then pass by the old church of Saint George. The last church of Galata is Agia Paraskevi. Just as we enter Kakopetria, we visit the church of Virgin Mary, built in 1514. We then walk along the picturesque river Clarios, pass an adventure park, then climb up to Old Kakopetria and walk on stone-paved surface past its restored buildings, to visit the church of Metamorphosis (Transfiguration) of Christ, built in the 16th c. We walk back along the main paved Kakopetria-Galata road. Kakopetria lies at an altitude of 665 m. The river that crosses the two villages flows all year round, and thus there is rich vegetation along our route. The stroll, with stops, is expected to take up 3 hours.
The stroll starts at 11:00 am. Xenophon is leading this walk, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 97613720.
Depending on the government restrictions on the day, we shall follow the walk with a meze lunch at our taverna of choice in Kakopetria. Kindly visit this page in the week prior to the activity for updated news. To provide you with maximum safety vis-à-vis covid-19, and in order to have maximum traceability, we require every participant to register, irrespective of your participation at lunch or not. To facilitate arrangements, for your better service, you are required to e-mail Xenophon by end Friday, indicating whether you will be joining us for lunch or not.
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 an open field which offers ample parking space in Archangelos. The car trip starts at 10:00 am. Please ensure you observe start times, for the benefit of the group.
How to get to the walk start:
From Nicosia take the A9 motorway towards Troodos. The A9 smoothly becomes the B9 highway towards Troodos, when the motorway ends, near Kokkinotrimithia. On the B9 you drive past the villages of Akaki, then Peristerona and then you reach the village of Astromeritis. At the Astromeritis traffic lights, where most cars turn left towards Troodos, zero your odometer and turn left. Drive along the main road. At the 23.6 km reading you turn right to the village of Galata. The road goes sharply downhill. After a few hundred metres you reach a T-junction. This is the main square of Galata. There is a cafeteria/taverna on your right, with a couple of very large trees by its side, and a large open air parking area on your left. Turn into the parking area and park your car. We meet here. At time of writing, parking here is free of charge. Here is a link https://maps.app.goo.gl/YVmJo for further guidance.
How to get to the walk start coming from Limassol:
Take the main road towards Trimiklini, then Saittas (exit number 28 on the Limassol-Nicosia motorway). Get to the principal junction at Saittas, where you have the options of going straight to Platres or left to Pera Pedi, or right to Amiantos. Zero your odometer and turn right. At the 10.9 km reading you reach the principal junction of Karvounas (note, no traffic lights). Do not turn left towards Troodos square. Do not turn right (this takes you to Kyperounda). Go straight, downhill towards Kakopetria. Once past Kakopetria, the next village is Galata. Turn left into Galata. The road goes sharply downhill. After a few hundred metres you reach a T-junction. This is the main square of Galata. There is a cafeteria/taverna on your right, with a couple of very large trees by its side, and a large open air parking area on your left. Turn into the parking area and park your car. We meet here. At time of writing, parking here is free of charge.
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip:
From Nicosia get to the junction between Cineplex and Apolloneion Hospital. At the traffic lights where you have the Cineplex on your left hand side and Apolloneion Hospital on your right hand side, zero your odometer and go straight, along Archangelos avenue, in the direction of Troodos. At the 0.3 km reading you reach the first traffic lights; turn left into Agiou Alexiou street. At the 0.4 km reading you reach a T-junction; turn right into Agiou Gennadiou street and immediately after you observe on your left an open field used for parking; get onto it and park your car. We meet here. In front of this field there is a violet box for collecting clothes and also a water tank from where people can buy water. For additional parking spaces, while in Agiou Gennadiou street turn first right into a road with a cul-de-sac sign.
N.B.: Some of the old churches are likely to be shut.
Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from the junction between Cineplex and Apolloneion Hospital to the parking field on Agiou Gennadiou street http://tinyurl.com/lg3u78q
Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from the Presidential Palace to the parking field on Agiou Gennadiou street: http://tinyurl.com/k9gabhs
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