Imagine an island paradise surrounded by crystal clear waters. Unadulterated nature, the sound of the sea and unforgettable views. Few people and charming small villages, where locals greet you with heartfelt hospitality and kind smiles.
When travelling to the Aegean this is exactly what you will find. But you are also confronted with a region undergoing problems in tourism due to Europe’s current political situation: people fleeing war, poverty and fear. An entire region where young people especially, people who grew up here, are forced to leave due to the lack of future job perspectives.
Nevertheless, as Greeks commonly say “this place is blessed”, and one of the “blessings” is the region’s huge potential in Outdoor Tourism thanks to its stunning beauty and welcoming vibes. Our solidary trail building project in the Aegean was born in spring 2017, of which the first trails have already been built on Kos, Leros and Patmos.
The vision is, to build a trail network with a team of volunteers to connect not only places, but also people. By maintaining the old and building new paths we will create a real paradise for mountain bikers, hikers and runners. More intrigued visitors, more tourism. Therein lies great potential for local eateries, accommodations and many forms of active tourism and the high likelihood to extend the tourist season significantly. An entire region could be revived providing new motivation for young people to stay. It´s a chance for new jobs. New future perspective for the locals - as they are the heart of every destination.
Our long term aim is to spread the project throughout the entire Aegean. First step is to advance the trail network on Kos and it's neighbouring islands. Other locations will follow.
All contributed money will be forwarded to the Hellenic Asscociation of Mountain Bicycling (E.E.O.P.) and later administrated by this non-profit organization.
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