Xyloskalo, Omalos Plateau
The Information Centre of Lefka Ori National Park is located at the entrance of Samaria Gorge, at position Xyloskalo. The exhibition of the Information Center consists of posters on the National Park of the White Mountains. The topics of posters are: introduction to the Park, landscape - ecosystems, geodiversity, habitats, animal and plant diversity, and human activities.
The exhibition is suitable for all visitors to the Gorge Samaria, as well as those that reach Xyloskalo without intending to hike in the gorge, giving them a chance to learn about the area and educate them. It also enables schools to experience the area, to come into contact with the natural environment and natural elements that compose it.
Moreover, the Center hosts seasonal exhibitions with different themes. Some such periodic reports were about the NATURA 2000 network of Crete and the National Parks in Greece.
Outside the Information Center a small botanical garden, a botanical trail and recreation sites have been formed. The main objective of these are to promote, through environmental education and recreation, the rich flora of the mountainous Crete and especially the massif of the White Mountains, but also to increase awareness for the issues of protection and management of the mountains of Crete.