Based in Chora Sfakion on the SW coast of Crete the field trip provides a valuable learning experience for second year Human and Physical Geography students.
- “Observation and analysis of characteristics of the Ilingas Gorge and vicinity”
- “Sfakia: landscape, character, development – threats and opportunities”
Since World War II, Sfakia has seen a reduction in its population and little change in its core economic activities, whereas northern Crete has seen significant economic growth, particularly in the development of extensive tourist infrastructure along the north coast.
The Greek Population-Housing Census of 2011 found the population of the Sfakia region to be 1,189 (a decline of 21.9% since 2001), living in an area four times larger than the City of Bristol. Sfakia is one of the least densely populated parts of Europe.
The Census also found less than 13% of the Sfakian population were employed in accommodation and food service activities, compared to over 33% in the Chersonissos region that includes the tourist resorts around Heraklion.