VOLCANOES, HIKING PATHS, ANCIENT SITES - how can we connect these opportunities?
The Methana peninsula is still an unknown area in tourism. In the last 20 years only a few small companies were sending clients to this scenic peninsula. Methana has to offer a lot for any interest. There are about 30 volcanoes, impressing volcanic landscapes, rare plants & animals and there are about 55 archaeological sites. The geology is one of the facts why Tobias Schorr and his friend had the idea to create the plan to do a volcanological conference on Methana. The conference took place 10-12 June and many geologists, students and people from the tourism business took place.
To create Methana as an sustainable tourism destination, a concept is needed. Tobias Schorr has been working on it - in real life - for the last 25 years. His experience in tourism as a tour guide and tour operator could help the area if his ideas are respected & supported by the local politicians and the the municipality of Troezen-Methana. He presented his ideas on the conference on 11 June.
Why is Methana attractive for tourism?
- About 30 volcanoes (better: volcanic centres!)
- Scenic landscapes
- rare plants and animals
- more than 55 sites of archaeological interest
- 13 villages
- local traditions
- ideal geographical position near Athens
- ideal climate all over the year
- a still economic level for holidays
The target and idea of the conference was to create a meeting for all geologists who were working on Methana for the last 30 years and to collect an image of the geological knowledge that already exists about Methana and the Saronic gulf. It would have been nice if a network could be created between the different groups of geologists, but the reality showed us, that there is more competition between them, than cooperation. It seems a bit like in political life. Even there are differences between them, everyone of them could help Methana in its long journey to get a GEO-PARK.
Another item of the conference was to create and collect ideas how to develop the infrastructure for sustainable kinds of (geo-)tourism, like the hiking paths or a museum that should be created in Methana. There are very good samples, how to create a volcanological museum.
The peninsula can be successful in sustainable kinds of tourism. All over the years I was guiding lots of foreign and Greek hiking groups on Methana and 99% of the visitors loved it!
It is still in the hands of the municipality of Troezen-Methana and the prefecture of Attica if they would respect, support and use the knowledge of me and the other people who were participating on this conference. The conclusion until today is disappointing.
The conference was a first step. The political connections (of the former mayor K. Karajiannis) that ruled the area took over the project and the people who were volunteers so many years were OUT. We hope that the new mayor Pollalis will handle the situation in an more effective way for the future of the area.
Participants / speakers of the first international volcanological conference on Methana 10-12 June 2016
1 Walter D'Alessandro
Prof. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Sezione di Palermo
"Hazard connected to endogenous gas emissios in Greece"
2 Dr. Prof. Joerg Volker Dietrich
Prof. ETH, Zurich "Will the Methana volcano erupt soon?"
3 Dr. Christoph Beier
Prof. Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany
Development of ocenanic volcanism
4 Dr. Paraskevi Nomikou
Professor at University Athens
5 Kostas Kyriakopoulos
Professor University Athens
Research on active volcanoes in Greece
6 Giorgos Chronis
Professor & President of the Greek sea research
Heavy metals in the sea
7 Christos Pallis
Former mayor of Methana & former president of GNTO (Greek National Tourist Office)
"Geo-tourism and local development", unfortunately until I know him, giving him may ideas for sustainable tourism, he was never serious interested, and lost many opportunities for Methana´s tourism.
8 Andreas Tzanis
Professor for Geophysics & Geothermy at University Athens
Deep magmatic processes in the Argolic peninsula
9 Andreas Tzanis
Professor for Geophysics & Geothermie at University Athens
"Interne Struktur des Vulkankomplex von Methana und seinem geothermalen System: 3D-Analysen, basierend auf magnetoellurischen und aeromagnetischen Daten"
10 Tobias Schorr
Photographer, local researcher, tour operator and Methana specialist
"Geotourism as an sustainable chance for the development and protection of Methana". Video
11 Panagiotis Papadimitriou
President of the seismographic centre
Earthquakes and volcanoes
12 Christos Evangelos
Specialistz at the Hellenic Broadband Seismic Network, INSTIT. OF GEODYNAMICS,Athen
Seismographic network for Methana
13 Dimitris Protopapas
University of Patras
14 Penelopi Papadopulou
University of Patras
The volcano of Sousaki
15 Giorgos Maravas
National, Kapodistrian University Athens
16 Joanna Papoulia
Greek centre for marine research
Saronic gulf seismology
17 Antonis Pavlis
Socienty of Methana people living abroad
Culture and volcanoes of Methana
18 Dr. Ingrid Smet
Geologist & volcanologist
"Methana volcanoes and their geology" PDF-file download
19 Evthymios Lekkas
Danger at volcanic areas
20 Dimitiris Paradisis
"GNSS time serials in volcanic areas
21 Marilena Christopoulou
The Nisyros volcano and the submarine volcano of Koloumbos at Santorini
22 Michalis Fytikas
Geologist, volcanologist and specialist on geothermy Α.Π.Θ.
He has designed the first modern geological map of Methana and he is supporting (not only) Methana. He was supporting all our activities for the promotion of geotourism on Methana since 2013.
"The volcanoes as a chance for developing Methana" Video
24 Dimitris Papanikolaou