Starting point: (a) 3km from Troodos Square square. (b) At the Psilodentro (Tall Tree) above Pano Platres.
Estimated duration: 1.5 hour
Difficulty rate: 3
There are several waterfall hikes in Cyprus and our favourite is this one on the Caledonia trail. This walk can be enjoyed all year round even in the hot summer months as it is a well shaded forest waterfall walk. If you intend to do this walk in the winter months, however, check on the weather conditions in Troodos before you go as the walk may be too slippery after wet weather.
Points of interest: From the starting point (a) the trail passes through a dense forest and then runs alongside the Cold River (Krios Potamos), which has running water all year round. It then passes by the Kalidonia Waterfall and finishes at the Psilodentro in Pano Platres. The trail is located within the Troodos National Forest Park. In Troodos Square you will find the Environmental Information Centre for the Troodos National Forest Park.
Flora: While hiking you can study the endemic plants: Troodos sage (Salvia willeana), Purple Rock Cress (Arabis purpurea), Thorny gorse (Genista fasselata subsp. crudelis), Urse mint (Mentha longifolia subsp. cyprica), Aphrodite’s spurge (Euphorbia veneris), Golden oak (Quercus alnifolia).
Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog.
Birds: Bonelli’s eagle, Eurasian jay, Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic).
Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus snake (endemic)