Alona Petrou Vanezi (Circular) Nature Trail

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Alona is one of the most beautiful villages of Pitsilia, with stone houses and lush vegetation.

The trail goes through hazelnut, cherry, apple and almond trees and ends in a creek.
 
History:
 
On the north side of the Troodos peaks between Madari and shoes at an altitude of 1200 meters is built in our village, Alona, ​​whose existence was known from early Franks.
 
At his feet lies the unique green valley of hazels. The Alona, ​​drowned suffocating greenery in gardens with all kinds of fruit trees and with large areas xirokarpon trees, is one of the most beautiful villages of our country. For seven months of the year you find fragrant fruits of all words, starting from May until cherries and grapes in late Nov.
 
All seasons are very pronounced in the village. Winter in dresses richly with white fur of snow, Spring makes it fragrant from the flowering of almond and fruit trees, summer immersed in the green and freshness and Autumn covered with gold of yellowed leaves.
 
The central paved roads, covered over in large part by dense vines make you forget that you are in a mountainous Mediterranean village and you think that you are on road through rainforest. The same feeling, but in a more intense degree, you feel passing the paths under the hazels who meet every big or small valley. The nature study trail "Peter Vanezis" passing under the hazels, receives hundreds of nature lovers each year and for all time. It is a path from the finest that exist in Cyprus.
 
The traditional stone houses of old neighborhoods with paved by mountain stone uphill streets to bring to others nostalgic times. In your walking you see spring up the remnants of the folk craftsman works left his mark forever in the village.
 
The village church surrounded by cherry trees and other trees was built in 1835 on the ruins of the previous times that according to tradition was monastery and destroyed by fire. Among the icons located and St. George the patron of the village, work of the famous painter Kornaros of Crete. Old is the miraculous icon of Galaktotrofousa Virgin's reputation is known not only in the region but also in the whole of Cyprus and until a few years ago took refuge in the grace of women from all over the island, to have milk to suck their children. In 1998 and within the report of the Treasures of the Church of St. George Alon became revelation of images and beneath the silver investment has discovered rare picture of St. George, only known work of Simeon Protoiereos (1641) and the icon Chrysogalousas (1648).
 
The ancient church of Panagia Kardakiotissas restored after the fire that devastated in 1987 and returned to its original form before the renovations of the decade of 60. The chapel is preserved only the ancient image of Christ after the miraculous image of the Virgin was burned.
 
A few years ago the love of Alonefton rebuilt the chapel of Saint Nicholas Symfylou near the Forest Virgin Station and 3 km. From the village of Kato Moni. The chapel was built on the ruins of the old church of St. Nicholas and was inaugurated in 2008.
 
The village now beaten the curse of urbanization, numbering fewer than 70 inhabitants the winter. Summer proliferate and each trail revives from cheerful childish shrieks.
 
Many expatriates are trying to have their own house anapalaionontas their old homes but also foreigners are trying to get a piece of land to build their own. Truth who has spent even one summer day in dewy village with marvelous dry climate and does not want to make here their summer vacation away from the busy state and the heat of the plains, where the sun bakes bread so to speak.
 
Despite urbanization plaguing our country are forward-looking villagers with strong through their public spirit, continue their efforts for progress of the country of their birth. In the center of the village stand the freehold buildings of the Cooperative Credit Company housing food supermarket and stone building with offices and warehouses and a large hall. Above the Sports Cultural Group building Alon, the Community Library and the depth of the large square with the theater are the buildings that house the offices of out Community Council and the Community clinic.
 
The emigrated youths Alona not forget their village. Almost everyone involved in the Sports Cultural Alon Group that counts 135 members and that the vast majority are expatriates and try to possible measures to elevate their community. The A.P.O.A. various events and celebrations elevates sporting, spiritual and cultural level of the Community and the Pitsilia general.
 
With significant financial help of KOA the Community court was turned into a modern mountain sports center with locker rooms and bleachers.
 
For the village has been approved the "Regulatory Alona Plan", under which planning they began to implement various development projects for the development and restoration of Alona in the good old days. A project funded by the European Union and the Republic of Cyprus towards the rational development of our village. On it will rely the salvation of Alona.

Don't waste any more time and prepare to meet Alona!
 
Start Point: Two different points on the main road of Alona. One is next to the cooperative threshing floor and the second 300 meters to the south, next to the village church.
 
End Point: Alona
 
Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
 
Difficulty Rate: Category 3: High degree of difficulty trail Route with difficult terrain such as very steep gradient (uphill and / or downhill), course in particularly rough and / or slippery, and / or steep terrain. Not suitable for young children.
 
Trip Length: 1.5 km

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