For the Love of Nature and Adventure
If you’re a lover of nature and adventure, Stavros tis Psokas Forest Station is the ideal place to visit in Cyprus. Located in the heart of Pafos forest, the largest pine forest on the island, Stavros tis Psokas sits in an altitude of 900 metres and can only be approached on narrow roads that will excite your adventurous spirit! You’ll be amazed by the warmth and beauty of tiled, steep pitched, wooden houses once you enter the settlement with guest houses on call for those who want to experience the awe-inspiring forest settlement by night. If you’re a lover of camping, Stavros tis Psokas offers the ultimate camping experience. All you need to do is grab your camping gear and you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
If you’re luckty to see an “agrino” then you’re in for a treat! The famous Cyprus mouflon, Agrino is the national animal of Cyprus with its existence dating back to the Hellenistic – Roman period, and widely mentioned in numerous records during the Middle Ages. These beautiful, well-built animals are shy and they move fast on steep slopes, so they’re difficult to approach! If you’re eager to spot them, the Agrino are active only in the early morning or late afternoon during summer, while in winter, they’re active throughout the day.
Hundreds of locals and tourists visit Stavros tis Psokas every year to admire the beauty of nature. You’re appetite’s bound to running after a trip to the forest station, so Stavros tis Psokas picnic site is just the place to unwind and get your barbeque going with tables, washrooms and drinking water available throughout the picnic site. Or if you prefer to simply relax and be served with delicious Cyprus meals, there’s also a restaurant at the site, where renowned Cypriot hospitality translates into excellent service and authentic dishes. Enjoy your meal under the rich foliage of the forest’s imposing trees, relish the magical colours and shades around you and let the chirping of the birds carry you away, in a journey of peacefulness and relaxation. There’s also a playground located at the picnic site for children of all ages!
If you’re a thrill seeker, you’ve probably guessed by now that the adventure doesn’t end at the picnic site! For fans of cycling, Stavros tis Psokas is an inspiring part of any cyclist’s route, connecting to in numerous cycling routes on the island including Pafos, Pyrgos and Troodos (Stavros tis Psokas – Pafos Cycling Route, Stavros tis Psokas – Pyrgos Cycling Route, & Troodos Square – Stavros tis Psokas Cycling Route). Grab your bike and explore the island’s wonderful scenery, alternating between the steep uphills and thrilling downhills, admiring spectacular views, with the smell of a breeze sweeping over your face - a one-of-a-kind experience!
If you prefer hiking to cycling, challenge yourself on one of the nature trails including Stavros tis Psokas (Panagia tou Kykkou Monastery – Stavros tis Psokas Forest Station, & Stavros tis Psokas Forest Station – Lysos). Explore the remarkable flora and the unique geology of the area. Walk through the pines, trees and plants. Relish the panoramic views and admire the beauty of nature on an unparalleled journey through Cyprus’ secrets.
Whether you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime thrill or for an adventure-packed day on the island, Stavros tis Psokas is an ideal choice and an unparalleled experience!