The organization ”Greek Paths of Culture” was among the winners of this year’s ”Europa Nostra” awards, according to an announcement made on Tuesday.
According to their website, Greek Paths of Culture is an integrated, multi-disciplinary program tasked with selecting, conserving, clearing, sign-posting and linking up public footpaths in areas of particular environmental or cultural importance in Greece.
It has a vast geographical scope across the mainland and the islands of Greece, with a total of 658 kilometers (409 miles) of already-restored hiking and bicycle routes, many of them dating back to ancient and Byzantine Greece.
The award for the Greek initiative was bestowed by ”Europa Nostra,” part of the EU’s ”Creative Europe” program, the continent’s most prestigious initiative in the field of cultural heritage.
The “Greek Paths of Culture” program was competing in the category of Education, Training and the Raising of Awareness.
The total number of submissions for this year’s awards were 149, with only a handful of entities winning a prize in each of the four categories.
A ceremony organized under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, will take place in France on October 29, 2019, where the winning organizations will receive €10,000 each.