The upgrade project is based on a study that details the works needed for the creation of a large network of clean and safe hiking trails in Trikala, and its inclusion in the European network of trails.
“We will improve accessibility to 12 existing routes, install signage with essential information, and create four new routes to enhance hiking tourism in the region,” Thessaly Governor Kostas Agorastos said during a recent press conference.
Once the project is completed the 16 hiking routes will cover a total of 60km.
The governor also announced that the Thessaly region is in close collaboration with Environment Minister Kostas Skrekas to develop a program for the promotion of the area’s hiking routes.
According to regional authorities, the upgrade project is expected to contribute to the development of a new tourism offering that will give visitors the chance to combine wellness with nature while touring areas of rare natural beauty.
During the press conference it was mentioned that the hiking and mountaineering trails of the wider area of Meteora, Pyli and Mt Koziaka are suitable for all hikers and not exclusively those with good physical condition.
“People seek for activities that contribute to their health and wellbeing… Hiking tourism has no seasonality and can contribute to the increase of tourism flows to Trikala and the wider Thessaly region,” he said.