The Salonica View alternative and sports tourism office organizes a one-way hiking trip in the mountainous area of Larnaca and Nicosia. The points that stand out in our excursion are the hike on a path that runs parallel to the Maroulena gorge, the visit to the village of Gourri and the Holy Monastery of Virgin Mary of Machairas, and finally the visit to the donkey farm in Skarinou, where apart from the rich Cypriot buffet which will be enjoyed by the participants, there will be a tour of the farm, tasting of chocolate and liqueur made from donkey milk.
A few words about our excursion:
Our excursion will start from Nicosia and specifically from the handicraft center. Together with the experienced leader-companion of our office, we will start our adventure inside the Gorge. At the end of our hike, we will return to the bus. Our next stop will be in the village of Gourri, where we will have time for rest and coffee. Then we will continue our route to reach the monastery of the Virgin Mary of Machaira for a pilgrimage. Via Vavatsinias Skarinou road we will end up at a cattle farm in Skarinos. There will be a tour of the farm and a tasting of chocolate and liqueur made from donkey milk. Before the tour, we will enjoy a rich Cypriot buffet. From Skarinou via the highway, we will return to Nicosia.
A few words about the Gorge:
The Maroulena Gorge is located very close to the village of Kalo Chorio of Orini. The creation of the gorge comes from the union of two rivers, Farmakas and Marunella. The geological importance of the Gorge is great since the visitor can see and admire huge boulders from the earth's crust.
A few words about the path:
The trail we will walk is about 6.5 kilometers round trip with hardly any uphill descents. In case some gets tired, we are given the opportunity to split into two groups since we will have several companions. Children over 10 years old are allowed if accompanied by their parents.
Length: 6.5km (linear path)
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty level: 2 (easy to moderate)
22 euros/person (without meal)
Cost with the meal: 15 euros/person (rich Cypriot buffet along with a soft drink, tour of the farm, tasting of chocolate and liqueur made from donkey milk)
The price includes:
- Experienced escorts
- Transportation by bus
- First aid box
CAUTION!!! To confirm the reservation, a payment of 10 euros must be made to the following bank accounts within 4 days of your reservation. The rest of the amount will be paid on the bus. Otherwise, the booking is canceled. Along with your reservation, declare if you choose the package with the meal. The payment for the meal will be made on the bus.
• 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:
- Second shirt, socks, one small towel (change)
- Raincoat (required)
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Trekking Pole (optional)
- Camera (optional)
Note 1. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if again the weather conditions do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently canceled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, the advance money is not returned.
Note 2. Photo material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos. Otherwise, please let us know.
Note 3. For the best functioning of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.
The schedule in detail:
08:00 - Handicraft center (Nicosia)
09:00 - Start Hiking
11:00 – End hiking
11:30 - Visit the village of Gourri
12:30- Visit the Holy Monastery of Virgin Mary of Machaira
14:00 – Food at the Donkey farm in Skarinos
16:00 – Departure for Nicosia
18:00 – Estimated time - Return to Nicosia