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Located west of the village is the Nature’s Path ‘Kastrovounos’, a path of excellent natural beauty. The path has a length of about 800m and is located on an altitude of approximately 900 to 1000 metres.

The path is part of the National Forest Park of Troodos. During a stroll at the Path ‘Kastrovounos’, the visitor can enjoy both the rich vegetation that exists in the National Forest Park and the magical view which is distinguished though the rich clusters’.

Let’s continue our ‘errantry’ at the Path ‘Kastrovounos’ as it is presented in a relevant leaflet of the Community Council of Kato Platres:

‘The biggest interest in the path is focused in the surrounding vegetation which mainly consists of Calabrian Pine trees (Pinus brutia). Near the foliages and tree branches which are next to them exists the endemic Golden Oak (Quercus alnifolia), the plant Terebinth (Pistacia terebithus) and many other bushes and grasses.

During hiking, the excursionist can rest at several areas with a view. In many places, the view offered is panoramic, from which visitors can take excellent photos of the Cypriot nature and countryside for their records.

Following is a registry with the plant species which grow on the path, taken from the aforementioned leaflet:

  • Falsa Acacia - LOCUST Robinia pseudoacacia (Tree, Exotic)
  • ACACIA – WATTLE Acacia saligna (Tree, Exotic)
  • OAK Quercus infectoria (Tree, Self-sown)
  • ALMOND TREE Prunus dulcis (Tree, Exotic, cultivated)
  • CYPRUS CEDAR Cedrus brevifolia (Tree, Endemic)
  • CALABRIAN PINE Pinus brutia (Tree, Self-sown)
  • Rterocephalus multiflorus spp. Multiflorus (Bush – Endemic)
  • CRETAN ROCK – ROSE Cistus creticus (Bush, Self-sown)
  • SAGE – LEAF CISTUS Cistus salvifolius (Bush, Self-sown)
  • MEDITERRANEAN BUCKTHORN Rhamnus alaternus (Bush, Self-sown)
  • SICILIAN SUMAC Rhus coriaria (Bush, Self-sown)
  • MEDITERRANEAN HAWTHORN Grataegus azarolus (Bush, Self-sown)
  • CYPRIAN DONKEY THISTLE - Onopordum cyprium (Bush, Endemic)
  • TEREBINTH Pistacia terebinthus (Bush, Self-sown)
  • THOMY BROOM Callycotome villosa (Bush, Self-sown)
  • Rubia tenuifolia (Bush, Self-sown)
  • GOLDEN OAK Quercus alnifolia (Bush, Endemic)
  • CAPER Cappariw spinosa (Bush, Self-sown)
  • STORAX Styrax officinalis (Bush, Self-sown)
  • CYPRUS WOODRUFF Asperuia cypria (Bloom, Endemic)
  • LIBANITHS Thymus integer (Bloom, Endemic)
  • CURRY PLANT- EVERLASTING Helichrysum italicum (Shrub, Self-sown)
  • ARABIAN FUMANA Fumana arabina (Shrub, Self-sown)
  • CYPRUS ODONTITES Odontites cypria (Shrub, Self-sown)
  • Asphdelus esphodelus echinus spp, echinus (Shrub, Self-sown)
  • RED-INK PLANET Phytolacca pruinoza (Shrub, Self-sown)
  • BRANCHED ASPHODEL Asphodelus aestivus ((Perennial Grass) Self-sown)
  • CYPRUS SKULL- CUP Scutellaria cypria var. elatior (Perennial Grass, Endemic)
  • Allium cassium var. hirterllum (Perennial Grass)
  • GARDEN SNAPDRAGON Antirrhimum majus (Perennial Grass)
  • Ceutrauthus rubber var. sibthorpic (Perennial Grass)
  • CYPRESS Cupressus semperivirens var. horizontalis (Tree, Self-sown)
  • STRAWBERRY TREE Arbutus andrachne (Bush, Self-sown)
  • OLIVE TREE Olea europaea (Bush, Self-sown)
  • KERMES OAK Quercus coccifera (Bush, Self-sown)
  • ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis (Bush, Self-sown)
  • ORIGAN Origanum dubium (Bush, Self-sown)
  • LEVENDER Lavandula angustifolia (Bush, Self-sown)
  • SAGE Salvia fruicosa (Shrub, Self-sown)


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