CYPRUS NATIONAL PARK
There are many parks found in Cyprus; however, it is the Troodos Forest that was declared the National forest park of Cyprus. Other National Forest Parks of Cyprus are Cavo Gkreko, Potamos tou Liopetriou, Athalassa National Forest Park and the parks in Tripilos, Mavroi and Kremmoi.
The reason the Troodos Forest was declared National park of Cyprus is because it is the most geological and morphological feature that is found on the island. The main aim to declare Troodos forest the national park was to safeguard its rational use while perpetuating the values ecological, recreational, hydrological, scientific and economic functions of the area.
You find many large streams of Cyprus springing from the Troodos forest. In fact, there is no other forest that has as many water springs as Troodos forest does. Most of the villages of Cyprus have their water sources emerging from the 50 springs found in the Troodos forest. The ‘Arkolachania’ is considered to be the spring with the biggest flow of water. The main use of the forest lies in the infiltration and purification of all the precipitated water found in underground reservoirs.
The forests of Troodos National Forest Park have various species of plants and trees in them. In fact, to date, the total varieties of plants found in the park approaches 750 of which 72 are endemic to Cyprus. And of these 72, 12 are exclusive to the park, and cannot be found anywhere else in Cyprus or the world, for that matter! This is the reason Troodos is called a botanical heaven and one of the most important sources of flora in Europe.
Nature lovers love Troodos National Park at it not only has so many species of flora, there is a varying amount of fauna available here too. The most famous animal of the Cypriot animals is the moufflon that is hardly seen. Then there are the other animals of the forest like bats, foxes, rabbits, snakes, numerous types of birds and a large variety of fish. So it can be seen that Troodos is indeed a heaven for nature lovers.
Besides admiring the nature Troodos National Park offers, there are many other activities that can be done here. With the nine picnic sites within the Park where 250 to 2000 people can picnic, this has become a regular picnic spot amongst families. There are many facilities available here to meet your picnic needs like drinking water, children’s play area and toilets. Then there are 4 camping sites where three are worth short stays as they have rudimental facilities. The fourth site, however, has upgraded facilities.
The best means of exploring Troodos National Park is by hiking along its numerous nature trails. There are ten trails, with one of them designed so that it can be accessed by wheelchairs. The best season to go hiking in Troodos National Park is from April to November. There is no point in worrying about the safety of these trails as these trails are all well maintained, and have numerous signs posted for your guidance. Then of course, you can drive around the park to have a first hand look of the park. There are many asphalted roads with viewpoints for you to admire the park. So take a trip to the National Park of Cyprus to realize the beauty it offers all nature lovers.