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Excursion to Kolossi Castle - Omodos - Agros and Hiking on the Venetian bridge of Tzelefos

Excursion to Kolossi Castle - Omodos - Agros and Hiking on the Venetian bridge of Tzelefos

Date/Time: 
19 December 2021/ 07:30
Duration: 
12 hours
Difficulty: 
Level 1
Overview

The office of outdoor activities and sports tourism Salonica View, organizes an excursion to the Castle of Kolossi - Omodos - Agros and hiking to the Venetian bridge Tzelefos.

 

A few words about our trip:

Our route will start from Nicosia and we will head to Kolossi Castle in Limassol. There we will make our first stop for about 30 minutes and we will have time to walk in the area and see the Castle. Then, we will return to the bus and head to the village of Agios Nikolaos in Paphos where we will move to the bridge of Tzelefos. From there we will start our hike, our journey will take about 4 hours and we will reach the bridge of Elia and back again. Then, we will board our bus and make a stop in the village of Omodos for coffee and rest. Immediately after we will board our bus again to visit the Christmas village in Agros. After getting a taste of Christmas mood we will return to our bus to take the way back.

 

A few words about Kolossi Castle:

Kastro is a medieval fortress, located 11 km west of the city of Limassol, built on the southern edge of the village of Kolossi in the core of the richest valley of Southern Cyprus. The Medieval Castle at Kolossi had served as an excellent example of military architecture. It was originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in its current form in the 15th century. After the fall of Accra in 1291, it served as the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem and in the 14th century came under the rule of the Knights Templar. During their stay in Cyprus, the Knights produced a sweet wine, which became known as "vin de Commanderie". Today, Commandaria wine is one of the traditional wines of the island and one of the oldest wine names in the world, maintaining the same name for eight centuries.

 

A few words about Omodos:

Omodos is a village in the province of Limassol. Located at an altitude of 575 meters above sea level. Omodos was probably created at the end of the Byzantine period. The reason for the establishment of the settlement is the dissolution of the settlements of Pano and Kato Koupetra. The inhabitants created a new settlement around the original monastery of the Holy Cross, which was named Omodos.

 

A few words about Agros:

Agros is a village in the province of Limassol and is built at an altitude of 1000 meters. The village of Agros took its name from the Monastery of Megalo Agros which was built on the site where today is the Church of Panagia Agros. The great iconoclast and abbot of the then monastery of Panagia Eleousa, called "Saint Theophanes in the great Field".

 

A few words about the Tzelefos Bridge:

The "Bridge of Tzelefos", is located at an altitude of 440 meters in the forest of Paphos, 6 kilometers from the Turkish Cypriot village of Agios Nikolaos, and is the largest stone Medieval bridge on the island. It is also built on the river Diarizo which feeds the fence of Arminos. It was built during the Venetian occupation in Cyprus and belongs together with two other bridges (that of Elia and that of Routhkia) to a complex of Venetian bridges that were built to serve the access of the then inhabitants of the area. Various interpretations have been given as to the origin of the name of the bridge, but none has been confirmed. It may come from the ancient Greek word "Kelefos" which means weak, sick and is associated with an incident or person during its construction.

 

Hiking features:

Starting point: Tzelefos Bridge

Length: 7 kilometers

Time: 4 hours

Degree of difficulty: 1- 2

 

Points of interest:

Tzelefos Bridge:

The Tzelefos Bridge consists of a pointed arch built of bricks, probably of on-site construction. At the ends of the arch there are stones well chipped, and in excellent condition, as well as at the top, at the "key of the bridge", where it is the most sensitive point. On the south side, a small cross can be seen engraved on a stone. Characteristic of the bridge of Tzelefos is the high height from the riverbed and the small width of the road.

Olive Bridge:

The "Olive Bridge", like others in the surrounding area, is estimated to have been built in the 16th century. Its name seems to have come from the olive tree that was rooted near it, which is quite unusual for the altitude at which it is located and the relatively cold climate of the area. The stone, steep bridge has a relatively narrow passage, since at that time the movements were done either on foot or on animals.

 

Detailed program:

07:30 - Departure from Nicosia (south stand GSP)

08:00 - Departure from Kofinou

09:00 - Arrival at Kolossi Castle in Limassol

10:00 - Departure for the village of Agios Nikolaos

11:00 - Start of hiking

15:00 - End of hiking

15:30 - Arrival in the village of Omodos for coffee and rest

16:30 - Departure for the Christmas village in Agros

17:30 - Arrival at Agros

18:00 - Departure for Nicosia

19:30 - Arrival in Nicosia

 

Participation cost (per person):

20 euros

 

*** Extra cost for the entrance to the Castle of Kolossi 2.50 euros.

 

The price includes:

Escort and organization
Gymnasts specializing in outdoor activities
Depending on the package (transfer by bus from Nicosia with return)
First aid box

CAUTION!!! Payment of the entire amount is made to the following bank accounts within 4 days after your booking. Otherwise, the reservation is canceled.

• BANK OF CYPRUS: CY95 0020 0195 0000 3570 3249 2261 or through the quick pay bank of cyprus service at 99251074 (Payee: Andreas Tsangaris)
• HELLENIC BANK LTD: CY44 0050 0347 0003 4710 F293 4801 (Payee: Andreas Tsangaris)

 

You must have with you:

Good sneakers or mountaineering (if you have any)
Mountaineering pants or leggings
Second blouse, socks, a small towel (change)
Snack and Water
Backpack
Raincoat (necessarily)
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Tissues
Trekking pole (optional)
Camera (optional)

 

Note 1. When you click to make a reservation, state where you will take the bus.

 

Note 2. For the best operation of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the escorts.

 

Note 3. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the trip is postponed to another date. Participants who cannot participate on this date will receive a refund. However, if the weather conditions still do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently canceled and a refund is given to everyone. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, the money is non-refundable.

 

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