Kythera has become Greece’s first small island to develop a “via ferrata”, a special network of trails that combines hiking with canyoning and climbing.
Located under the medieval capital of Kythera known as Paleochora, and crossing the Kakia Lagada gorge, via ferrata (or iron trail) has become part of the Kythera Trails, the island’s official trail network.
Kakia Lagada is the first via ferrata route funded by the Kytherian Foundation for Culture & Development (KIPA). It was selected due to its unique beauty and rich cultural heritage and connects the circular hiking trail M31 (Potamos – Paleochora – Potamos) with M39 (Diakofti – Agia Pelagia) which is under development.
The route is currently in the process of being mapped and signposted.
“With the right infrastructure and in a safe environment, stunning landscapes in canyons and steep slopes become accessible to many people. No technical skills are required, just a moderate fitness level, simple specialized equipment [helmet and a harness], and enthusiasm for action in nature,” the Kytherian Foundation for Culture & Development (KIPA) said in an announcement.
KIPA is carrying out the project in collaboration with local company, Outdoor Activities Greece.
“By expanding the network of trails, canyoning routes, and other outdoor activities, we aim to highlight the island as an ideal destination for adventure tourism,” KIPA added.
Through the program, “Kythera Canyons”, KIPA, and Outdoor Activities Greece, have developed a management plan and financed the feasibility study for three via ferratas.
Their aim is to create an integrated network of stand-alone, connecting and circular via ferratas of various difficulty levels, throughout the island. These routes will operate autonomously and also complement one of the most recognized trail networks in Greece.