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Kionia – Profitis Elias (Linear)

Starts: Kionia picnic site. There are two access points to the trail, one from the Machairas Monastery road that leads to Kionia,and one from the Vavatsinia to Machairas road. The trail ends at the monastery of Profitis Elias, approximately 8km from Lythrodontas and 6km from Mandra tou Kambiou, via dirt roads.
Length: 7km
Estimated duration: 2.5 hours
Difficulty rate: 3 Steep downhill path especially towards the end.
Points of interest: The trail starts at the Kionia picnic site, where you can find a fountain with drinking water. The trail runs through a forest section and offers a great view of the Mesaoria plain. It belongs to the Machairas National Forest Park, which is a Natura 2000 site and is part of the E4 European walking route. On the trail there is a perennial strawberry tree, while the picnic site boasts perennial pine and sandarac trees. The trail ends at the Profitis Elias picnic site.
Endemic plants: Shrubby knapweed (Ptilostemon chamaepeuce var. cyprius), Golden oak (Quercus alnifolia), Tears of the Virgin Mary (Arabis purpurea), ‘Manouthkia’ (Pterocephalus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus).
Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are:
Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog
Birds: Bonelli’s eagle, Eurasian jay, Wood pigeon, Partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic)
Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Black whip Snake, Cyprus lizard

COORDINATES OF STARTING POINT 518049 / 3864213
COORDINATES OF END POINT 522495 / 3865694
ALTITUTE OF STARTING POINT 1251m
ALTITUTE OF HIGHEST PEAK 1251m
ALTITUTE OF END PEAK 677m

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