Monday, 4 July 2011

Skinos Livatos Eco Farm, Kefallonia


The Skinos Livatos Eco Farm with villa, on the Greek island of Kefallonia in the Ionian Sea, is solar and wind-powered. Located near to Lixouri, all the materials that have been used in the construction of the villa are environment-friendly. The farm is also completely autonomous in its electricity supply - using photovoltaic panels and a wind generator. All organic garbage is recycled using compost where non-organic materials are gathered and transferred for recycling.

The villa can sleep 9 persons and has a basement of 200 sq.m. which is used as a cellar, garage and for storage.One of the rooms, along with its bathroom,  is accessible for people with special needs. The 100sq.m sea water swimming pool of 100 s.m. is also accessible to people with special needs.

There is also a tree house, a playground and a traditional wood-burning bread oven and barbeque.

Available activities include organic farming, bee keeping, horseback riding and star-gazing, using 2 robotic telescopes. You can also visit nearby villages and beaches or hike in the mountains with fertile valleys, forests and olive groves.

For more information visit their website here.


Friday, 1 July 2011

Dadia Ecotourism Centre, Evros


The Dadia forest reserve in Evros, Northern Greece, is one of the last refuges for predatory birds in Europe. 36 out of Europe's 38 predatory bird species can be found here.

You can stay at the lodge - which has 20 rooms - at the Ecotourist Centre. This has been built in the local architectural style and includes a restaurant, coffee shop and an Information Centre co-managed by WWF.

There are a variety of eco-tours available. Hiking, visiting traditional settlements, visiting nearby Soufli - famous for its silks as well as its well-preserved 19th c mansions and cobbled streets and the Evros Delta, which forms part of the corridor of migratory birds from northern Europe to and from Africa.

Dadia is 50km north of Alexandroupolis, which has rail, bus and air connections from Athens and Thessaloniki.

For more information visit their site here.


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Ionian Eco Villagers


Ionian Eco Villagers offers self-catering villas, cottages and studios in secluded locations on the Greek island of Zakynthos. A quieter and green alternative for those seeking to enjoy the secrets and pleasures of unspoiled rural Greece.

Holidays here cater to the more discerning traveller and are ideally suited to couples or families wishing to escape mass tourist resorts. Accommodation is in the beautiful villages of Gerakas and Vassilikos and is of high standard, set in lush, green gardens and olive groves surrounded by wild flower meadows and pine forested hills.

The beach of Gerakas is  unspoilt, and with its crescent of golden sand is protected from the open seas and prevailing winds by the clay cliffs of Geraki Cape. Gerakas Village is a small, semi-rural community situated on the southern-most tip of Zakynthos Island, within the boundaries of the National Marine Park. The safe shallow waters of Gerakas beach are ideal for children and for cooling off on those glorious hot sunny days.

Vassilikos is situated on the south-eastern part of the island, and together with its sandy beaches, turquoise waters and pine clad hills it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful regions of Zakynthos. The village is approx 10 min drive from Gerakas beach, and 20 min from Zakynthos Town.

Ionian Eco Villagers offers eco-friendly activities and excursions and is associated with Earth, Sea & Sky volunteers, who provide information on local wildlife and surrounding habitats.

For more information, visit their site here.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Walking In Corfu


Enjoy guided walks on the beautiful island of Corfu. Mark and Steve from Corfu (Central/South) Guided Walks offer a varied selection of walks to accomodate the casual walker as well as the more enthusiastic!

At the moment they have 14 guided walks, which you can find out about on their website. Mark and Steve are both keen walkers and love to share their passion for the beautiful Corfu countryside and chat with other like-minded people.

All walks have been designed to provide as many opportunities for taking photographs of some stunning and picturesque views and Steve, who is a keen photographer, will be on hand to help with framing that special picture to take home after your holiday in Corfu.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Marathea Farm, Peloponnese


Marathea Farm is located near to Marathea Village, which is10 km from the picturesque harbour of Gytheion, in the southern Peloponnese. The farm is set between forest, mountains and the sea. Clean air, rare wild flowers and plants, ancient temples and classical theatres, Byzantine monasteries and churches in the region of Lakonia all help to make your stay at the farm an unforgettable experience.

On most evenings, guests eat together around a large table in the old square of Marathea village and the menu includes organic produce from the surrounding countryside and Marathea Farm. Local musicians will also come to play, more often than not.

The farm has also been running a series of creative seminars for several years with professional teachers, which you can participate in and combine this with excursions or walks along ancient paths. Organic olive oil, wine and honey are produced by traditional methods, and you have the opportunity to try them and buy them.if you so wish.

A quiet beach lies 4 km from the farm, and once a day the farm's new bus commutes back and forth between beach and farm, allowing you to enjoy sun, sea and sand every day.

The property is built in traditional style and is equipped with all modern facilities. There are eight twin-bedded studios, all with shower and kitchenette with fridge. The four ground floor studios have a veranda with view of the sea. The first floor has a balcony with views of the Taygetos mountain. There are also facilities for disabled people, two studios have special doors and toilets. The drinking water comes from the farm's own well.

For more information, visit their site here


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Eleonas Traditional Cottages, Crete



Eleonas has 20 beautiful rural cottages surrounded by olive trees and sweet-scented herbs at the foot of Mount Psiloriti in Crete. The traditional style of the interior as well as the architecture of the guesthouses are perfectly attuned to the natural habitat and you'll be able enjoy the tranquillity of nature in comfortable accommodation with good traditional food.

There are a lot of surrounding areas suitable for hiking - the gorge and the lake as well as a lot of hiking paths in the mountain - and there are important archaeological sites nearby, as well as beautiful beaches.


Activities Available

  • Trekking in the surrounding mountains - there is a map with 7 signposted paths in the area of Zaros.
  • Archery - adults and children
  • Mountain biking - adults and children
  • Bird watching
  • Cooking lessons in Cretan cuisine with organic products produced at Eleonas.
  • Helping to grow and gather vegetables in the vegetable garden.
  • Pony and Horseback riding - Adults and children
  • Cheesemaking
  • Feeding the farm animals
  • Footballpitch
  • Outdoor area with fitness equipment
  • Outdoor Table Tennis
  • Billiards 
  • Outdoor and indoor children's playground.
  • Children's pool 

Nearby

  • Archeological sites - The most popular sites are Faistos (20km), Gortina in (13 km), Agia Triada (15 km) and Knossos (45 km). You can also visit old monasteries in the region.
  • Horse Riding at the beach party in Pitsidia, about 30 minutes from Eleonas. 
  • Boats & fishing - about 32 km.away is the small port of Agia Galini, where you can get a small boat to visit the beautiful coasts of Southern Crete.
  •  Visits to winery - 6km from the cottages there is a winery where you can have guided tours in the vineyard and inside the winery.
For more information visit the site

Monday, 4 April 2011

Bioporos Organic Farm, Corfu


Bioporos Organic Farm is located on the south west coast of Corfu next to Lake Korission, which is a natural heritage protected site. There are two traditional houses with modern facilities and a restaurant where the food served is organic home-made products from the farm.

The estate has 70 acres of olive groves and gardens and there is also an Old Tools Museum with farming tools of the pre-industrial era. This certified biological farm is run by its owners and produces olive oil, honey, seasonal garden produce, legumes, vegetables and herbs. There are also a horses, poultry, rabbits and bees all of which are fed naturally.

As a visitor you may simply watch or, if you so wish, participate in the seasonal farming activities. You can sail around the lagoon on a small boat, reach beaches surrounded by sand-dunes and explore the unique cedar tree forest. Or you can simply relax and observe the lake wildlife, such as wild ducks, silver pelicans and ardeidae.

Facilitiess for Guests

  • Free internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Fully equipped kitchen (fridge, oven, toaster, kettle/coffee maker)
  • Hair dryer
  • Baby cot
  • Pets allowed
For more details, please visit their site - Bioporos


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