Hikers encouraged to explore Greece with Google Trekker

An innovative documentary is being produced in collaboration with Google’s Trekker program to showcase Greece’s countryside and culture.

The Balos Lagoon, Crete.

The Balos Lagoon, Crete. Image by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho / CC BY 2.0

The project, supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Unesco, the European Ramblers Association, the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing, promotes hiking in Greece by mapping out a 1800km footpath (part of E4, a European long-distance trail which goes from Spain to Cyprus) and highlighting its most important sections such as Mt Olympus.

Three Greek destinations have been mapped out via Trekker so far and can be visited online: the Meteora monastery complex, the Balos Lagoon on Crete and the Samaria Gorge on Crete. Google launched Trekker two years ago to facilitate collection of imagery from hard-to-reach places and panoramic views from ground level. Through the programme, explorers can borrow a special backpack-mounted kit with the same camera device used on Google Street View vehicles. Read more: ekathimerini.com

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