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‘Paths of Greece’ Celebrates Eight Years of Action

Photo source: Paths of Greece

Photo source: Paths of Greece

“Our vision is to make Greece one of the top 10 hiking destinations in the world,” said Fivos Tsaravopoulos, the manager of the Social Co-operative Enterprise “Paths of Greece”.

In its eighth year, “Paths of Greece” brings back to life old footpaths in different localities, in a manner that fully responds to the needs of the modern hiker.

Photo source: Paths of Greece

Representatives of “Paths of Greece” last October were invited to an event and had the opportunity to present their actions to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank Walter Steinmeier, the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Ambassador of Germany to Greece Jens Plötner. Photo source: Paths of Greece

“Through the trails, we develop the opportunities for financial and social upgrade as well as environmental protection. Let aside that hiking is health,” Tsaravopoulos said in a recent announcement marking the eighth anniversary of “Paths of Greece”.

“Paths of Greece” was founded in 2010, with its first project being the design of a trails network on the island of Kythera. The project included clearing the trails, sign-posting them and working on the promotion of one of the first completed hiking trails networks of Greece – now know as Kythera Hiking.

In the following years more trails were designed in areas such as Sifnos, Serifos, Drama, Messinia, Kefalonia, Prespes lakes. In 2018, some 70 new km of trails were added to Greece’s trail network and new promotional campaigns took place.

Kythera trail waymarking. Photo source: Paths of Greece

Kythera trail waymarking. Photo source: Paths of Greece

‘Paths of Greece’ has also created the “Hikers Friendly Hotels” certification, which recognizes hotels that offer services and facilities adapted to the hikers. “This way, the hiking experience starts from the place of accommodation, before one reaches a trail,” Tsaravopoulos said.

Kythera trail searching. Photo source: Paths of Greece

Kythera trail searching. Photo source: Paths of Greece

According to Tsaravopoulos, ‘Paths of Greece’ is currently preparing new projects that are expected to offer an excellent experience for hiking holidays for the visitors of Greece.

“We will announce these projects once they are totally completed,” he said.

Paths of Greece is a member of World Trails Network and designs hiking trails according to the principles of the “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe” certification for long distance hiking routes that is delivered by the European Ramblers’ Association.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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