2. Rules of conduct of visitors
3. Camping sites
4. Picnic sites
5. Nature trails
In its effort to improve the opportunities for recreation offered by forests, the Forestry Department has developed, and has been continuously improving, a series of recreation works such as picnic and camping sites, nature trails, view points, bicycle paths, visitor centres and botanical gardens. These works are funded by state budgets and more recently from the Rural Development Programme.
The picnic and camping sites were first created in the 1950’s. Today there are 40 picnic and 5 camping sites in the state forests of the government controlled areas of Cyprus.
The picnic sites are constructed in locations which provide easy access, shade, water, suitable topography and usually an attractive landscape. The facilities which are offered are: tables, barbecues, water, parking places, playgrounds for children and sanitary facilities. No entrance fee is required for their use.
Camping sites offer similar facilities such as camping places, parking places and sanitary facilities, drinking water, tables, barbecues and playgrounds for children while in some of them electricity, baths and kitchen facilities are also provided. A small fee is required for their use. The fee for using the Forestry Department camping sites is specified in the official pricelist of the Department and information may be received from the website of the Department.
Suitability for use depending on the time of the year
Picnic and camping sites are more suitable to use during a specific period of the year and less suitable during the rest of the year depending on the altitude.. Thus, picnic sites at altitudes of over 1300-1400 m (like Pasha Livadhi and Almirolivadho) are more suitable in summer and less suitable in winter, when they are usually covered with snow and temperatures are very low. The same applies also to the camping sites of Troodos, Platania and Kampi tou Kalogirou.
The camping sites in low altitude areas like that of Athalassa are suitable throughout the year, except during the very hot days of July and August and the rainy days of winter. The picnic sites situated near the coast are suitable even during the hottest days of summer.
2. Rules of conduct of visitors
Visitors to the picnic and camping sites should comply with certain basic rules of conduct to ensure that minimum damage is caused to the environment and also that the comfort of other visitors is not discupted. The most important of these rules are the following:
- The lighting of fire is allowed only in the barbecues provided. At certain picnic sites, like those at Asinou and Athalassa, no fire lighting is allowed.
- Before you leave the site make sure that the embers have entirely died down even if you have stored them in places which may have been designed especially for this purpose.
- The use of wood which is found in the forest for the lighting of fire and the cooking of food is not allowed. Every visitor should bring with him the necessary quantity of coals.
- Keep the place clean. Pick all the garbage which has resulted from the recreation of your group and put them in garbage bins or if they are full take the garbage with you. Do not leave it in plastic bags out because it is usually scattered by stray dogs, foxes etc.
- Do not create too much commotion with unnecessary noise, respect the other persons’ right to tranquility.
- Cutting plants, carving barks of trees and tampering with birds’ nests damage the environment and are prohibited by the forest legislation.
- Park your car at the parking places and not next to the tables.
- Use the water sparingly. Do not waste it.
- Urge other visitors also to observe the basic rules of conduct.
- If you notice a fire call immediately emergency number 1407 (24 hours free of charge).