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National Parks in Cyprus

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On the island a number of natural parks and protected areas can be found that offer shelter to many endemic species. They are open to the public and with series of picnic and camping sites and a network of nature trails visited by many tourists who practice various sports there. Camping sites in the Republic of Cyprus are licensed by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, and provide good services including showers, toilets, washing facilities, mini-market, and usually a snack-bar or restaurant.

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Troodos National Forest Park

Covering an area of 9,337 hectares at the centre of the island, the Troodos National Forest Park was declared in 1992, while its four areas were declared as Nature Reserves. It includes the highest picks of Troodos Mountains and stretches to the north up to Prodromos and Kakopetria villages, to the east up to Platania area and Kato Amiantos village, to the south up to Pelentri and Saittas villages and to the west up to Platres and Agios Dimitrios Villages.

Nature conservation

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The main aim is to perpetually preserve its unique character and value. With the largest number of plants and endemic species, the Troodos National Forest Park has been designated as one of the 13 "Plant Diversity Hot Spots" in the Mediterranean and recognized as one of the most important mountainous plant biotopes in Europe . Over 770 plant species can be found in the area, making it the richest botanical garden in Cyprus . Among Troodos vegetation is predominantly brutia pine ( Pinus brutia ) and black pine( Pinus nigra ssp. pallasiana ) growing on the higher slopes. Its hydrological potential needs to be protected too. Some of the biggest rivers supplying water projects and springs providing big communities with potable water have their roots in the Troodos Mountains .

Places to see

CyprusIn the park you will find 12th to 15th century frescoed churches, winemaking villages all hidden in pine forests. There are also monasteries dating back to the Byzantine period. The best known and most beautifully restored of these is Kykkos monastery, built in the 12th century. The main resorts of the Troodos are Platres and Kakopetria , attractive villages with bakeries, shops and an alpine atmosphere. The Troodos Mountains are widely visited during summer, as of the cool temperatures but also during winter because of the magic of snow covering the area. With the network of trails it provides good conditions for hiking, mountain biking and walking.

Troodos National Forest Park Environmental Information Centre 

Troodos was chosen as the nesting place of the Troodos National Park Environmental Information Centre which is operating since 2002. It has exhibitions which demonstrate the different environmental issues, recreational facilities available and the activities allowed in the park. There is an entrance fee.

Troodos National Forest Park Environmental Information Centre  
Troodos Square , P.C 4800 Troodos
Tel : +357 25 420144
Email: troodos@cypria.com

Opening times:  
March - May and October - November: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 15:00, weekends: 10:00 - 14:30

June and September: Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00, weekends: 10:00 - 14:30
July - August: daily 10:00 - 16:00
December - February: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 15:00

Kavo Greco (Cape Greco) National Forest Park 

Kavo Greco is a National Forest Park which occupies an area of 390 ha and is situated on the south-eastern end of the island between Agia Napa and Paralimni. The area is mostly covered with coastal shrub vegetation among which wild onions, anemones and poppies flowering in the spring. There are about 300 plant species in the area, 11 of which are indigenous. The park is also rich in fauna, with partridge, wood pigeon, crow, owl, foxes and hares. For many migratory birds Kavo Greco is a resting point. 

Activities to do

The forest and coastal area provide facilities for water sports like swimming, diving, fishing and rowing, as well as for land sports: cycling, riding, climbing, and hiking. Many hiking trails stretching off towards Paralimni and Agia Napa have been constructed in the area.

Athalassa National Forest Park

The park is situated near Nicosia and covers an area of 840 hectare, with man made vegetation, and offers many recreational facilities.

Athalassa National Forest Park Visitor Centre
1 Keryneia avenue , Aglantzia
Tel .: 00357 22 462943
Email: athalassacentre@fd.moa.gov.cy

Opening times :  
September to May: Monday to Friday 8:00 - 14:30, Sunday: 9:30 - 13:30
June to August: Monday to Friday: 8:00 - 14:30, closed at weekends. 

Other National Forest Parks

Asinou, Agia Forest Station, Kapoura, Kyparissia, Mandra tou Kambiou, Paedagogical Akademi, Platys Valley, Polemidia, Potamos Liopetriou, Randi, Rizoelia

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