Since you had come from the city,
then don’t lose the occasion to live for a few hours,
a unique experience, enjoying the clean air and a walk,
discovering the magic of nature.
1. Hazel Trees Valley –Hazel Trees Forest
This beautiful valley becomes green at the beginning
of April and maintains its color up to autumn. In May
you have the occasion to hear the singing of the nightingales
and in August to try the tasty fresh hazelnuts.
The path for the hazel trees forest begins from "Vrysi"
– a natural water source with pure water at the lower
neighborhood of the village. The path goes downhill
and you can see various species of trees such as walnut
trees, pomegranates, and almond trees. However the hazel
trees are fantastic. The vegetation of these trees is
dense and look like bushes because they do not have
only one trunk but they have up to 50 branches beginning
from the ground.
Butterflies and small birds make the way even more beautiful.
Undeniably the most important type of flora is the orchid
Epipactis Microphylla, that blooms only next to the
roots of a hazel tree. An endemic type for Cyprus that
is not met elsewhere. This orchid has small white flowers
that pop up at the beginning of every May. The path
has duration of 35-40 minutes. You can cross a small
stream and pass opposite, where the choices become two.
Either you continue the course in the valley or you
stop under the "Kladous tou Hadjimattheou".
Two very old enormous oak trees that embellish the region
throughout the entire year. Then you can take the uphill
rural street that drives you to the monastery of Apostle
Andrea and to the main asphalt street that drives you
The absolute calm and peacefulness, the banquet of the
colors of autumn ? yellow, red, orange and brown, the
white veils of winter, the green ornaments of spring,
as well as the huge "Teisia", have changed
Madari into a paradise.
It's an ideal place for romantic walks, study of flora
and fauna, mountaineering, walking and much more.
Begin from the upper neighborhood of the village and
take the uphill street for Lagoudera, Agros and Kyperounta.
With a car in 5 minutes you will be at the borders of
Nicosia-Limassol where you will see a relative plate
and turn right to the uphill asphalt street. You will
travel for another 5 minutes and the street will finish
at an abandoned military outpost.
Park your car there and start walking. You will believe
that you are at the top of the Earth. With a clean sky
you can observe the entire Nicosia and Limassol. The
immense peacefulness you carry you away and when you
see the "Teisia of Madari" (natural stone
walls) you will realize that nature is the best sculptor
and architect of all the seasons. If you have time walk
at the path of "Teisia", (where it exists
a relative plate), that goes perimetrically and finishes
under the fire guardhouse that is found at an altitude
of 1493 meters. In the course you will see "Latzies"
(forest tree) that abounds in the region, "antrouklies",
"pemperisies", "wild roses" and
the "Aorato of Madari", one of the 4 types
that exist in Cyprus and that exists only in the Madari
region. If you still bear after 1,5 hours of walking,
go up to the fire guardhouse. The view will compensate
you. You will never see in your life anything similar.
With very good weather and little luck, without humidity
and clouds, perhaps you will be able to see everything
up to the southern beach of Turkey.
Return in your car from the rural street that passes
above the path (10 minutes on foot) and return to the
village or take the street for Limassol.
Every autumn the thousands vines of Madari, are submerged
by the presumptive lovers, that participate in the collective
festival of vintage, enjoying the tasty grapes, that
are considered the best table Cypriot grapes.
3. Virgin Mary of Araka
Four kilometers from the village of Polystipos, in the
village of Lagoudera, it is found the church of Virgin
Mary of Araka. This temple belongs in the architectural
type of single sloped temples with cupola and it was
built in the dues of 12th century. The church murals
were created in 1192 and has the most even line of murals
mainly of the Byzantine period. You will admire God
that will look at you with a great sympathy and will
make you feel an immense peacefulness, it will make
you feel contrition in front of the scene of Birth and
the Assumption of Virgin Mary, but really you will remain
rapturous in front of the Resumption. The monastery
of Virgin Mary of Araka is included in the ten Byzantine
monuments of Cyprus that belong in the World Heritage
4. Ayiasmati Cross (Stavros tou Ayiasmati)
A monument that is included in the list of the World
Heritage (UNESCO) and is not far away from the village
of Polystipos. The church of Ayiasmati Cross is built
in an amazing beautiful mountainous landscape near the
village Platanistasa and it is found ten kilometers
from the Polystipos.
This church belongs to the architectural type of wooden
roofed temples and it was built in 1494. It is famous
for having the most even line of murals of the 15th
Its murals' technique belongs to the Cypriot faculty
that is characterized by the gullible attribution of
the figures, effervescent colors and the rich jewels.