Update: the plan is to proceed to lunch after the hike, in a nearby choice restaurant. Kindly confirm if dining or not, when registering. Please remember lunch payment is only in cash.
Our walk of Sunday 3 October 2021 takes place at the Troodos forest area. Troodos is the highest mountain of the island, with its highest peak (Hionistra) at 1950 metres altitude. Troodos is covered by a variety of pine trees, junipers, cedars and fir trees, and also presents the majestic golden oak, an endemic species to Cyprus, as well as a rich variety of bushes and wild flowers. Troodos is also a rare geological phenomenon. Hiking starts at 11:00 am. Xenophon is leading this outing, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 97613720.
The Artemis trail is a popular circular trail at an altitude of 1850 m. This makes it the highest trail on the island. The walk will take close to 2 ½ hours and is classified easy to medium for difficulty. We follow well marked paths. The total distance is 7 km. The walk offers some of the most spectacular views Cyprus has to offer, at several places.
To spice up the event, for those who have walked Artemis a few times already, there is a 2nd trail added. We name it Reclining Trees, because it follows a path among the impressive Troodos trees, whose branches are astonishingly reclining. As part of this 2nd trail, we visit a black pine tree, recorded to be over 500 years old. Duration of hiking of the Reclining Trees is 1 hour, and degree of difficulty easy to medium.
Importantly, we will execute both trails with just one car stop; this means we don’t have to get back into the cars to walk the Reclining Trees.
Depending on the government restrictions on the day, we shall follow the walk with a served lunch or a picnic. Kindly visit this page in the week prior to the activity for updated news. In the case of lunch, this will take place at a restaurant of our choice in the area.
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.
To celebrate the season start, we have in store yet one further bonus for members participating at lunch. Upon the conclusion of lunch, we shall drive a short drive to the top of Mount Olympus (aka Hionistra), where we shall take a brief walk (30 min incl. return) to the very top of Cyprus. Expect to experience a bare mountain and a most spectacular view.
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 9:30 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. Up on Troodos, follow the directions towards Hionistra, avoiding Troodos square, and driving towards the village of Prodromos. Two km down the road to Prodromos, observe the turning to the left, signposted to Olympos. About 400 metres on the climb to Hionistra, you will observe the starting point for the Artemis trail on your left, carrying the usual wooden signage. Park your car on the side. We meet here.
How to get from Limassol to the walk start:
Take the main road towards Trimiklini, then Saittas. 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. Continue straight to Platres. At the junction of Psilo Dendro (taverna and trout farm on your right) (this is the starting point to Caledonian waterfall) zero your odometer and continue straight, towards Troodos. At the 2.1 km reading you pass a junction with a left turn leading to Trooditissa monastery; continue straight towards Troodos. At the 7.4 km reading you arrive at Troodos square; turn left, into the square, and drive along the cobbled road through the square; at the exit from the square (at the 7.5 km reading), you reach a T-junction. Turn left, towards Prodromos. Two km down the road to Prodromos, observe the turning to the left, signposted to Hionistra. About 400 metres on the climb to Hionistra, you will observe the starting point for the Artemis trail on your left, carrying the usual wooden signage. Park your car on the side. We meet here.
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.
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
Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from Troodos square to the walk start http://tinyurl.com/pz9rjey
About Artemis: Artemis, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and twin sister of god Apollon. Artemis was the goddess of hunting and wild nature. She was often depicted carrying a bow and arrows. Artemis embodied the sportsman’s ideal, so besides killing game she also protected it, especially the young; this was the Homeric significance of the title Mistress of Animals. Her Roman equivalent is Diana.
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