Journey into the heart of Western Asterousia Protected Area for a superb escape into the wilderness of the Mediterranean and discover rocky cliffs, gorges and long sandy beaches with diverse landscapes, fascinating wildlife and copious amounts of history and culture.
🏔 Between the Mountain of Stars and the Gorge of Saints Tour
On the Between the Mountain of Stars and the Gorge of Saints MEET ecotourism experience, organised and managed by the Western Asterousia Protected Area itself with support from Cretan Adventures tour agency, visitors have the opportunity to connect with the local community, experience warm Greek hospitality and immerse themselves in the stirring tales of heroism and adventure that fill the natural park.
Guests can join various activities that immerse the traveller in the nature and culture of the protected area such as a guided hike to the sacred summit of Kofinas for spectacular views and swimming in the crystal waters of Agiofarago beach.
♻️ MEET Network ecotourism model
Using the MEET Network’s model for ecotourism product development has helped the experience to find a healthy balance between relaxation in the tranquil setting of Thalori Guesthouse and wine tasting at a third-generation winery.
Through recommendations from MEET Network as part of the EU-funded DestiMED PLUS project, the protected area worked to come up with an adventurous experience for visitors that also complimented the park’s conservation efforts and gave back to everyone involved.
Sustainability reports and a more selective criteria for suppliers were introduced to support local service providers to be more sustainable, and they also decided to use more fuel-efficient vehicles to reduce the carbon footprint of the ecotourism experience.
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