Psiloritis Natural Park
Psiloritis Natural Park is an area of approximately 1200 Km2which expands over the entire mountainous region of Mountain Idi (Psiloritis), from the Mylopotamos valley and the Talaia Mountains (Kouloukonas) at the northern coast of Crete, to the south slopes of the Messara and Amari valley. It was founded at 2001 and it is included in the European Geoparks Network and the Global Geoparks Network by UNESCO, while some parts of it are under the Natura 2000 Network.
The imposing geology of the region, the fascinating natural environment with its unique and exclusive fauna and flora, the rich and vibrant cultural heritage of its inhabitants are what constitute the biodiversity of Psiloritis, the true character of this amazing Natural Park.
The Geoparks Networks’ main target is to guide each territory branded as a Geopark to develop into a Geotouristic destination, by preserving and promoting its geological, ecological, cultural or other characteristics thus enabling its inhabitants to improve their living conditions and environment while preserving their unique heritage. The Psiloritis Natural park offers a huge variety of activities to the geotourist eager to savour its ample beauty; from swimming at the crystal clear waters of the beaches of Panormo, Fodele and Mpali at the same time as observing the geology of their intriguing rock formations; hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing while bird watching or animal and plant observation; even witnessing first hand aspects of everyday agricultural, stockraising or bee-keeping life, and then tasting the resulting products. It is noteworthy that traditionally produced Cretan products such as olive oil, honey, dairy products and several kinds of meat produce are at the base of the famous, healthy Cretan Diet.
So, don’t miss the chance to visit the Psiloritis Natural Park and get a true taste of the true nature of this magnificent island, Crete.
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