Troodos / Machairas
Machairas Forest -
Lefkara - Kato Drys - Vavatsinia
4 trails in this area are near the picturesque villages of Lefkara,
Kato Drys, Vavatsinia, and the area of Kionia in the Machairas
Lefkara, with its stone-built houses, is
renowned for its hand-made embroidery, known as "Lefkaritika". The
beautiful House of Patsalos houses the Traditional Museum of
Embroidery & Silversmithing. The rich flora of the area includes a
rare plant, strictly protected by the Bern Convention, the Lefkara
Astragalus (Astragalus macrocarpus ssp. lefkarensis).
Kionia - Profitis Ilias
Starting Point: Kionia picnic site.
Accessible either from Vavatsinia or from the Machairas Monastery
road which leads to Kionia.
Length: 7 kms Time: 3 hours
Points of interest: The trail goes down
to the Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah) where there is a
spring with drinking water.
Vavatsinia (Spilia tis
Starting point: A loose surface road
which begins at the Vavatsinia - Kionia forest road, 3 kms outside
Length: 2 kms Time: 1 hour
Points of Interest: "Spilia tis
Athasiasξ (cave). It is believed that this was a shaft used for
Lefkara - Chapel of the
Starting Point: In the village of
Lefkara, on the road to Vavatsinia. An uphill course to the chapel
which eventually leads back to the village.
Length: 3 kms Time: 1 1/2 hours
Points of interest: The chapel of the
Transfiguration (Metamorfosis tou Sotiros) built on the peak above
Lefkara (727m). A panoramic view of Pano and Kato Lefkara, Kato Drys
and the Monastery of Agios Minas.
Lefkara - Kato Drys
Starting Point: The same with trail No
3. After the chapel, the trail takes another path down to Kato Drys.
Length: 2.5 kms Time: 1 hour
Points of interest: The well-known Agios
Minas Convent can be seen near Kato Drys.
Opening Hours: The convent is open to
groups of visitors from Mondays to Fridays only.