| 10 July 2022 6:00 am
Spilia Trail 2022Register
Date / Time 10/07/2022 - 6:00 am
Venue Spilia Village
The Spilia Trail is the second trail event of the “Troodos National Forest Park Trail Championship – TrailTroodos” and comprises two races; the two races cater for the needs of both the demanding and experienced trail runner as well as the advanced runner, the beginners and nature lovers. The event will be held on Sunday July 10th 2022 in cooperation with the Spilia Local Council, the Troodos Tourism Board, the Forestry Department and the Troodos Development Company.
The event will comprise two races, the Spilia Trail 21.3 km for the demanding and experienced trail runners and the Spilia TrailRun 4 Fun 8.1 km for the beginners and trail lovers. The races start and finsh at the village square. Following the race the participants and guests will enjoy local delicacies and treats curtesy of the village local authorities.
The Village – History
The history of Spilia and Kourdali begins in the 16th century A.D. when the Monastery of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa was built. Other monasteries were also founded during that time in Troodos. The inhabitants built their communities near these monasteries, because there they found security from the Franks initially and then from the Turks.
The monastery at Kourdali was occupied by several estates, and around it was built the village whose inhabitants were working in these estates. Over time, and after the monastery dissolved, the village grew and the inhabitants gained their own estates, and rising, some began to build houses one kilometre higher in the area of the present village of Spilia. So it started to create the village of Spilia. Over time, Spilia has evolved into a larger community than Kourdali.
Around Spilia-Kourdali there are visible traces of the following settlements abandoned.
The settlement “Karydi”, where the church of St. George existed. This settlement is now recreated with cottages and the temple has been rebuilt. The Anemurka settlement, where the temple of St. John the Baptist existed, the ruins of which are preserved. The settlement “Pyrkatis”, where the temple of Archangel Michael was, the ruins of which survive, as well as the ruins of many houses. The settlement “Karterouni”, where the church of St. George existed. The ruins of both the temple and many houses are preserved. The “Freditzi” where the church of St. John the Lampadistis was also hagiographed. Both the ruins of the temple and the settlement “Asproi” are preserved, where you will find the ruins of the temple of Agia Paraskevi, which are also preserved.