Aiming to promote alternative forms of tourism, the Municipality of Skiathos has redesigned its network of trails and created a digital application to facilitate hikers.
The municipality recently announced that the island’s trail network has been redesigned according to research and planning carried out by social cooperative enterprise “Paths of Greece” to cover the needs of modern hikers.
Expected to launch in 2021, the new trail network will cover more than 100km divided into 15 routes. It will offer easy to medium difficulty routes for hikers of all levels.
A special route will also be designed for people with disabilities.
According to Skiathos Mayor Thodoris Tzoumas, the island’s wide range of routes and unique features could attract the interest of hikers for weekly tours.
“Our goal is for hikers to discover a well-organized network of trails. We also offer the opportunity to people with mobility issues to experience hiking, through a special route to be created in the area of Koukounaries,” he said.
Special signs will also be placed to guide hikers through the trails with specific methodology to ensure their safety. The signs will also offer information on Skiathos’ destinations, distances, starting points and important intersections.
The municpality will launch a free app that will work offline as a digital guide.
Furthermore, information, maps and photos will be available through a dedicated website which will be connected to social media, and a special brochure that will be distributed at no cost.