Split between the two Greek Dodecanese islands of Karpathos and Saria, the Protected Area of North Karpathos and Saria Island is characterised by its natural beauty and unique culture which has been preserved thanks to a small population and its location off the well-trodden Greek ‘holiday’ track.
Home to one of the largest colonies of Mediterranean seals and countless rare plants, the rocky coasts and cliffs provide an unbeatable backdrop for the Feel Like a Local on Karpathos Island ecotourism experience.
🏝 Feel Like a Local on Karpathos Island Tour
Developed and managed by the protected area in collaboration with Karpathos Travel tour agency, this multi-day immersive experience includes trekking to ancient Greek cities, traditional cooking demonstrations and snorkelling through an underwater trail from the turquoise beach of Palatia.
Visitors can also meet local craftsmen, visit Olympοs village in a guided tour and learn to dance to traditional folk music.
♻️ MEET Network ecotourism model
The MEET Network’s Model for ecotourism development was used by the natural park to develop the experience during a sustainable tourism project called DestiMED PLUS. The model helped the protected area managers to find innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of the ecotourism product such as limiting the use of motor vehicles during activities and opting for simpler meals with less meat.
Members of the local community are also central to developing and running the tour which has led to a positive social impact from the ecotourism experience. Through the experience visitors gain a greater awareness of the conservation efforts taking place across the park and the vital role the community plays in preserving traditions from typical dishes to history and art.
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📹 Video credits: Green Traveller
Original video footage created by: Art Studio - Films & Photography; Director / Cinematographer: Nikolaos Panou; Original music composed by: Manos Agtzides
Underwater footage. Video Production: Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR); Scientific supervision: Dr. Thanos Dailianis, Dr. Vasilis Gerovasileiou; Underwater video: Ioulios Glampedakis, Dr. Georgios Chatzigeorgiou
📸 Photo credits: Sara Folegani, Michail Reisis, Elisabetta Freuli