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Machairas Monastery is situated at an altitude of 870 metres on the slopes of Mount Kionia in a picturesque depression of the Machairas Mountains. It houses the miraculous icon of Panagia of Machairas, attributed to Agios Loukas the Evangelist. Legend has it that an unknown hermit brought the icon to Cyprus secretly from Asia Minor during the years of iconoclasm (8th - 9th centuries).

Machairas:
GSP | ELE | LSC | SKL | LEF | MAC | OSR | LSP | FLO | NTC | UCY
NICOSIA | LIMASSOL | MACHAIRAS

Machairas National Forest Park in the Pitsilia region of the Tro÷dos Mountain range contains over 600 plant species, including 27 indigenous to Cyprus. The dominant forest trees are the calabrian pine (Pinus brutia) and the golden oak (Quercus alnifolia). Fauna includes foxes, hares, hedgehogs, snakes, lizards and rare endemic species of butterfly. Park birdlife includes the Bonelli's eagle, the Cyprus warbler, the Cyprus wheatear, the coal tit, the scops owl, the jay, the chukar and wood pigeon. The two most important Cypriot rivers, Pediaios and Yialias, spring from the Park.

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Machairas Mountain Bike Route [MAC]
The Mountain Bike competition of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe will be held at the Machairas National Park.
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GSP | ELE | LSC | SKL | LEF | MAC | OSR | LSP | FLO | NTC | UCY
Nicosia | Limassol |
Machairas

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