Experience Rural & Nature Panayia tou Araka - Stavros tou Ayiasmati (Linear)

Panayia tou Araka – Stavros tou Ayiasmati (Linear)

Starts: (a) Panayia tou Araka, Lagoudera (b) Stavros tou Ayiasmati (8km from Platanistasa)
Length: 7km
Estimated duration: 3 hours
Difficulty rate: 3
Points of interest: The churches of Panayia tou Araka (1192 AD) and Stavros tou Ayiasmati (1494 AD) which boast outstanding frescoes and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites are of particular interest. The trail passes through a pine forest, vineyards, almond trees and old stone structures. To the east of the trail you will see Kionia, to the north the Morphou plain and Pentadactylos mountain range, to the west, Troodos and to the south, Madari. The trail connects with the Lagoudera or Agros – Madari trial. At the entrance of the Panayia tou Araka church you will find a 700 year old oak tree. The trail is part of the European E4 path.
Endemic plants: Thyme (Thymus integer), Shrubby knapweed (Ptilosteon chamaepeuce var. cyprius), ‘Manouthkia’ (Pterocephalus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus), Cyprus skullcap (Scutellaria cypria subsp. cypria).
Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are:
Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog
Birds: Bonelli’s eagle, Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic)
Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, Cyprus chameleon,Black whip snake


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