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.

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