The Aesthetic Forest of Stenis lies on the southern slope of Mount Dirfys. This mountainous area is characterized by varied slopes, ranging from small to steep ones. The soil’s native rocks are comprised of crystalline schist, shale, and individual outcrops of limestone of the Permian, Upper Triadic and Jurassic Period. The existence of numerous springs, small streams and gorges crossing the forest area is also noteworthy. The main tree species are the Pinus halepensis, Castanea sativa, Abies cephalonica (at higher altitudes), Quercus sp., and Platanus orientalis.
The area attracts particular aesthetic and ecological interest due to its combination of floral diversity, geomorpholoy and hydrological features. In this area there are several representative types of natural habitat which host numerous endemic species either at a local or national level. Emphasis should also be placed on the presence of endemic species of vertebrates and invertebrates which are endangered although their populations have not been yet accurately established. Several of these species have limited proliferation.
Area: 500 hectares