Starting point: Troodos Square.
Length: 14km - circular
Estimated duration: 4 - 5 hours
Difficulty rate: 2
The Atalanti trail is one of the best Cyprus walks as it is easy to hours and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Views of the entire island are simply spectacular and half-way round you will see the entrance to a disused chromium mine which ceased operations in 1982. These Troodos walks can also be done at practically any time of year, even in the height of summer, as the temperatures high up in the Troodos mountains are always several degrees cooler and much more pleasant than on the coast. Plus there are plenty of pine trees for shade.
Points of interest: The trail goes around Chionistra mountain at an altitude of 1,700- -1,750 metres, passing through dense areas of black pine trees (Pinus nigra subsp.pallasiana) and Foetid Juniper (Juniperus foeditissima). One of the largest trees , Foetid Juniper, is found on the trail; it is 800 years old. There are wonderful views of all the areas of the island. The entrance tunnel of the chrome mines which has been out of service since 1982 is particularly interesting. The first finishing point of the trail is nine kilometres along the Troodos-Prodromos road. To continue on the trail you must cross the main road and walk on the forest road of Katoikies Chromiou towards Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis church for around 200m, where a wooden sign points your direction; the trail is approximately parallel to the main road and ends at Troodos Square, where you will find the Environmental Information Centre of Troodos National Forest Park. A fountain with drinking water is located three kilometres from the starting point heading towards Troodos Square.
Flora: While hiking you can study the endemic plants: Golden oak (Quercus alnifolia), Manouthkia (Pterocephalus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus – an evergreen small shrub with pale pink flowers), Urse mint
(Mentha longifolia subsp. cyprica), Troodos Alison (Alyssum troodi).
Mammals: Mouflon, Fox, hare, hedgehog.
Birds: Bonelli’s eagle, Eurasian jay, Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic).
Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus snake (endemic)