Experience Rural & Nature Smigies (Circular), Paphos

Smigies (Circular), Paphos

Starts: Smigies picnic site, 2.5km from Neo Chorio
Length: (a) Short route 2.5km (b) Long route 5km
Estimated duration:(a) Short route – 1 hour(b) Long route – 2 hours
Difficulty rate: 2
Points of interest: Initially the trail offers beautiful views of the coastline of the Akamas peninsula to the west, including Lara Bay, and later on to the east with views of Chrysochous Bay in the direction of Latsi, Polis, Pachyammos and the Paphos forest. The long route runs past the old mines, magnesium facilities, and abandoned kilns, and through a dense section of the Akamas forest. The trail also connects with the Adonis trail at Kefalovrisia, where you will find a non-potable water fountain. At the starting point, the two routes are adjacent to the walking trail of “Pissouromoutti”. Both routes pass by the Piana fire lookout station of the
Forestry Department. The trail is part of the E4 European walking route.
Endemic plants: Thyme (Thymus integer), Cyprus germander (Teucrium micropodiodes), Dwarf shrub (Onosma fruticosum), ‘Valoti’ – Integrifolia (Ballota integrifolia), Marjoram (Origanum majorana var. tenuifolium).
Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are:
Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog
Birds: Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic). The Forest of Akamas serves as a resting point for many migratory birds.
Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, Black whip snake


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