The Valley of Ezousa is one of the prettiest valleys in Cyprus. Because of the rich flora and fauna and its environmental value, it is part of the European network of protected areas Natura 2000. Situated northwest to the Troodos Mountains, the Valley extends along the Ezousa River. The landscape offers breath-taking views, a high-altitude, deep ravines while there is a number of picturesque villages, medieval chapels, local wineries, watermills and more to visit. Endemic plants like Cyprus cyclamen, oriental plane tree, oak tree, and carob trees are found along the way as well as birds like owls, ortolans, kingfishers, chiffchaffs, long-legged buzzard and water rails may be spotted within the Valley.
For the lovers of nature and hiking, there are three nature trails and one walking trail. The walking trail has been created by the Environmental Information Centre which offers exhibits and documentaries about the natural environment and the biodiversity of the Valley.
The walking trail starts from the Environmental Information Centre. It is a circular route, approximately 7 kilometres long, of moderate difficulty level. The trail passes through several points of cultural and environmental interest and it offers great views of the area, while visibility extends to the Paphos Forest and the Troodos mountain rage. Near the starting point is the famous rock of Episkopi known as the “Meteora of Episkopi” where the village church, devoted to Saint Helarion, is built. The view from there is breath-taking as it offers a panoramic view of the Ezousa Valley. A bit further is a small picturesque chapel of Archangel Michael. The trail goes further into the valley and crosses over thick vegetation. In around the mid of the trail are the remains of a Turkish Cypriot village, named Moro Nero, which was abandoned in 1963 during the Cyprus Intercommunal Violence. There is also an old chapel devoted to Saint Gennadius, three old water mills and some old stone-built grooves that prove the everlasting human presence in the area. The route follows the river of Ezousa and passes through a small forest of Oriental Plane and Alder trees. On the east bank of the river there is a picnic area where walkers may take rest and relax.
The Ezousa Walking Trail is a successful initiative of the Environmental Information Centre that highlights the environmental and cultural wealth of the area. It has gained international interest and recognition for being one of the most impressive and environmentally significant routes worldwide.