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Ayia Napa - Rethymno. Universally Accessible Cities

20/03/2017 | 0 comments

The Municipality of Ayia Napa, from the Cypriot side, and the Municipality of Rethymno with the National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP), from the Greek side, after the approval of their proposal submitted under the third call of "Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Greece Cyprus 2007-2013", implements the project entitled "Agia Napa - Rethymno: Universally Accessible Cities" (acronym “Accessible Cities”).

The Project involves the improvement of accessibility conditions for people with disabilities in infrastructures and services of the two municipalities. The project budget amounts to €1.050.000, out of which 80% comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and 20% by national funds in Greece and Cyprus.

The Project interventions aimed at improving the overall accessibility of the two municipalities, in order to improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of their tourism products and therefore the economic growth of their cities. Firstly, by attracting a big target group (people with disabilities and their families), which has not yet been reached, and secondly by simultaneously improving the daily living conditions of people with disabilities since the new opportunities and services, will also be enjoyed by residents with disabilities and their families.

At last, but not least, the project aims also at better information and communication between citizens and visitors with the authorities as well as at raising awareness among the general public and businesses on issues related to the needs, preferences and rights of people with disabilities.


Guides in various accessible formats, including Braille, are available from the project website. 

Digital Guides to Rethymno, Crete and Ayia Napa, Cyprus.

Project Details

Project title: Ayia Napa - Rethymno. Universally Accessible Cities
Acronym: Accessible Cities
Project budget: €1.050.000,00
Contract Code: K3_2_4
Frameword: Cross-border Cooperation Programme Greece - Cyprus 2007-2013
Special target: Ε.S.4 Development, management and development of natural and cultural resources

Contact Person: Ioannis Vardakastanis
Address: El. Venizelou 236, 16341 Ilioupoli, Athens
Telephone: +30 210 9949837
Fax: +30 210 5238967

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General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): NCDP
Language(s): EL | EN
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Countries: Cyprus | Greece


Publisher: National Confederation of Disabled People, Greece (NCDP) | Municipality of Rethymno, Agia Napa
Date published on the web: 31/01/2015

Target Group(s)

Consumers / travellers / tourists | Non-governmental organisations | Older people / Seniors | Organisations of disabled people | People with disabilities | People with hearing impairments | People with learning difficulties | People with long-term health problems | People with mobility impairments | People with visual impairments | Policy makers /Decision makers / Government | Professionals and professional bodies | Public administrators / Authorities | Tour operators | Tourist venue owners / managers | Travel agents


Accessibility auditing | Accessibility information, access guides | Accommodation services | Age-related issues, (seniors) | Attractions | Cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs | Customer relations | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Heritage | Hospitality | Information and Communication Technologies | Management of tourist venues and attractions | Policy, legislation | Special services for disabled visitors | Sports | Standards | Tourist information services | Transport services | Travel agents | Young childrens' and families' holidays and services