On May 13, 2017 a Friendship Trail was opened between the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Kythera Hiking (Greece).
About Kythera and Kythera Hiking
Kythera, the island of goddess Aphrodite, is the secret jewel of Greek seas, a source of inspiration for movies, paintings and songs and a symbol of the ideal place for great intellectuals and artists.
A rough diamond spared from mass tourism, Kythera's rugged terrain boasts immense ecological diversity, pristine beaches with crystal clear waters and stunning cultural landscapes dotted by 60 authentic villages, majestic ruins, chapels and historical monuments. The island is a hotspot of plant diversity with protected areas and it has been identified as one of the last refuges of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) and other endangered species.
There is no better way to explore Kythera than by walking. Kythera Hiking is the official programme for the development of the island's trail network which started in 2010 and it is run by the Kytherian Foundation for Culture & Development. The gradually expanding network currently offers 12 organized and signposted hiking routes which will guide you through age-old paths, scenic spots, waterfalls, ravines, medieval villages, secluded shores and generally some of the best locations on the island.
You can find more information at http://kytherahiking.com/
A few images from the opening of the Friendship Trail in the Toronto Club section are below. The following greeting is from the Mayor of Kythera regarding our new Friendship Trail.
Hiking is one of the most interesting activities one can experience in the Greek Island of Kythera. During the last years, the "Kythera Hiking Project" has contributed a lot in renovating, promoting and experiencing the traditional hiking routes of the island, under tha auspices of the Municipality of Kythera and the significant support of other institutions and individuals. Our island is investing on that kind of activities aiming to become a new high quality destination, as we believe that quality counts more than quantity in modern tourism development. Quality is what protects the natural and local environment against quantity's dangers. And as you may know, lots of Greek islands did not manage to keep a balance between those two parameters.
Efstratios A. Charchalakis
Mayor, Kythera and Antikythera Islands (GR)
For the full greeting, please click on this link Greetings from the Mayor of Kythera (.pdf, 95.1 KB)
Map of the Kythera Hiking Friendship Trail located in the Toronto Club