Aglantzia is a frontier municipality with a unique natural environment. It covers a total area of thirty-one square kilometres, 14 of which is agricultural land, occupied by the Turkish troops, since 1974. Out of the 17 sq.km of land, that are in the free (unoccupied) area 9 are national forest parks, which constitute the green lung for the whole of Nicosia.
National Park of Athalassa
The forest of Athalassa constitutes a unique lung of green for the whole of Nicosia, an extent of 540 hectares, with another three hundred to be under the administration of the Forest Department. The altitude differences that create an interesting scenery, neighbouring with the capital that means easy access, the footpaths for walking and jogging, the special bike-paths, the picnic area, the kiosks and the playground, the lake, are the elements that attract hundreds not only Aglantzia residents to this unique of its kind park, to breath clean air and enjoy a relaxing and resting time.
The following public services are based in The National, Wooden Park of Athalassa:
- Forest Region of Nicosia, Famagusta and Larnaca.
- Forest Engineer
- Forest Nursery
- Institute of Agricultural Research
- Meteorological Services
- Research Centre “Cyprus Institute”
- Centre of Environmental Awareness
Park of Saint George of Athalassa
The park of Saint George is part of the main state forest of Athalassa and is probably the most accessible excursion for the residents of Nicosia. The lake with the aquatic birds, the footpaths for walks, the playground and the bar, as well as the provision of free wireless connection with internet (WIFI), make the park of Saint George a distinct oasis of resting and entertainment for young and old.
The park hosts major annual environmental and traditional events of the Municipality:
- The sanctification of waters on Epiphany day, in the park’s lake.
- Celebration of Green Monday
- Excursion of young and old people.
- Bicycle rides.
National Park of the Pedagogical Academy
The park is situated between the Municipality of Aglantzia and Nicosia within a distance of two kilometres from the town centre. The objectives of the park are the following: its maintenance as a lung of green, offer recreation, the aesthetic improvement of the area. The park provides a picnic area, pedestrian way, a bike-path, refreshments bar, playground and parking place.
“Spyros Kyprianou” park
The park “Spyros Kyprianou” is located in the junction of Aglantzia Avenue and Academy Avenue. It has a playground, basket ball court, pétanque court and refreshments bar, in the meantime it can be used for events in the framework of Aglantzia’s festival, the programme “Christmas in Aglantzia”, for concerts, etc.
The park is available for staging of events.
For information/reservations: Cultural Service tel. 22462233
Table of Charges:
- In the above price VAT , Traffic police and security is not included
- Entertainment Tax is 5% on ticket price
A plethora of smaller parks and green areas -72 in total – make up the distinct image of Aglantzia, which fairly claims the title of the Greenest Municipality of Cyprus. A pledge of the Municipality is to preserve this title, by maintaining and raising the green element in our municipality, through organizing tree planting.
Some of the parks
“The Kalamata” park, on G.Yiangou street, Omirou Park on Omirou Street, “Theophilos Georgiades’” Park on Socratous Street, Dragoumi’s Park, Akamantos, Valtetsiou, Spartis, Azof’s Municipality Park on Solonos Street, Santa Filothea, Municipality of Zografos’s Park on Makrygiannis Street, Marios Tokas Park, Harris Lysiotis Park on Saints Irene and Thekla street, Terpsichoris, Rode, A. Zaritide, Eve, Acharnon, Symis, etc.
A substantial number of the parks are modified into playgrounds, whereas provisions are taken so as to become spaces for athletic purposes.