Yesterday, December 3, on the International Day of Disabled People, the Chania region announced an agreement with the Forest Directorate to implement a program to prepare and make a section of the Samaria Gorge accessible to disabled people in wheelchairs.
The adaptation plans concern only the section between the port in Agia Roumeli and the Iron Gates, which is the most recognizable place of the gorge. So far, this part of the trail was also called "lazy Samaria" dedicated to those people who, for various reasons, could not pass the entire ravine. It is the flattest and the easiest part of the trail to implement this program. The project to adapt this part of the trail to the needs of disabled people is to be financed from European and national funds from the Region of Crete. In addition, a digital application is to be created, thanks to which it will be possible to provide the current availability status of this infrastructure on an ongoing basis. According to the announcement, wheelchair users will be able to enter Samaria by the summer of 2023.
In addition to the plan to make a part of Samaria accessible to people with mobility impairments, there are also plans to renovate and promote the most important monuments in and around the gorge, e.g. the Ottoman tower located 270 meters west of Agia Roumeli, the church of Agios Pavlos on the beach of the same name east of Agia Roumeli.
We will only add as a reminder that this is not the first initiative of this type undertaken by the authorities of Crete. It is enough to recall the SeaTrac devices installed on some beaches, which allow disabled people to swim in the sea.
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