Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Eleonas: a stunning mountain retreat with glorious home-cooked Cretan cuisine

In the mountains of southern Crete, just off the sleepy village of Zaros…amidst olive groves, grape vines and wild mountain herbs lies Eleonas - a stunning agro-tourism settlement of traditional mountain cottages. Before this trip, I had never been to one of these eco-tourism retreats before, hence I was a little curious if the remote isolation of such a place would be tedious or liberating. But after just a single breath of the rosemary and sage scented mountain air and that first glimpse of the dramatic rocky peaks of Mount Psiloritis in the backdrop against the open blue skies, I felt a million miles away from the usual chaos and realities of urban life.

The brainchild of owner Manolis Saridakis, Eleonas’ traditional stone cottages centre around their superb taverna and tranquil resort pool. They run their own farm on-site… growing their own fruits, herbs and veges… producing their own extra virgin olive oil… even keeping lambs, goats and chickens in feed. Guests are welcome to partake in a range of agro-activities from the feeding of animals to hands-on cooking lessons. For adventurists, there are a number of hikes and biking routes of varying difficulty in the surrounding area which feature towering gorges and serene lakes. And if you have your own wheels (a pre-requisite if you want to properly explore and take in the raw beauty of the island), some of the Crete’s most magnificent beaches on it’s South Coast are just an hours drive away. All in all, it’s the perfect escape from your usual over-crowded, commercialised break.

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Eleonas Cottages, Crete
This was the most unassuming, beautiful, restful spot one could imagine. An hour from the airport through hilly countryside and quiet villages takes you to this wonderfulplace in the middle of Crete, among mountains and olive groves with the most amazing views from your bedroom balcony. Eleonas is a treasure – peaceful and with amenities like aircon, swimming pool and fantastic Cretan traditional cooking. They love children, which was a bonus and are helpful with anything you need. It's great value too, as you can book per night. There is also a lovely lake within walking distance, and quaint village with tavernas for a local treat. 

+30 28 940 31238, eleonas.gr

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Agrotourism in Crete with Eleonas Cottages

Famous worldwide for its culture,  vibrant lifestyle, diverse landscape, gastronomy, hospitality and much more Greece has so much to offer to every traveler, but more importantly the island of Crete invites you to discover the areaʼs magic in Eleonas cottages. Grasp the chance you have to explore the islandʼs  gastronomical suggestions by choosing amongst a variety of delicious domestic restaurants that will make you love Mediterranean cuisine and picturesque taverns which  will give you a taste of  the rustic traditional cretan food style in the heart of Zaros. One thing is for sure: that in Zaros the sky is the limit when it comes to the chances you the activities offered to you! Starting with a visit to the lake, you can enjoy your coffee while gazing at its blue green waters, feed the ducks and walk around the lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery and if you are an action lover, the Agiou Nikolaou canyon is the ideal choice for you. Savor the unforgettable flavor of fresh fish and homemade cheese while in your holidays in Zaros and explore the real meaning of agrotourism in Crete, ecotourism in Crete and in general rural tourism in Crete an experience that you will never forget. 

Rest assured that when visiting Zaros, you will be magnetized by its diverse beauty and amazed by the uncountable opportunities offered to you, to explore nature and not only see but more importantly feel its beauty! Eleonas cottages in Zaros, situated on a peaceful mountain slope, surrounded by olive oil trees create a magnificent landscape that no visitor could ever forget. In is not just the tranquility of the place since it is with no doubt the perfect getaway but this landscape is the ideal destination for nature lovers that would love to practice agrotourism in Crete and more specifically in one of the most amazing parts of the island, Zaros.  The areaʼs versatile broadness is definitely a unique lifetime experience for everyone since it covers every taste offering the visitor top accommodation facilities, a rich breakfast, uncountable chances to explore the areaʼs stunning landscape and even the chance to take cooking and cheese making lessons and have the chance to participate in the actual process of cheese making and find out so much more about this exciting process but more importantly about themselves! So if you feel like you wish to learn new exciting things, do as many activities as you possibly can  from animal feeding to mountain bike  or trekking  and looking for the place to make your dream come true then Eleonas cottages in Zaros is giving you the chance of your life!

Friday, November 30, 2012

MADE IN CRETE Food and Wine trails announce new tours starting October

NEW! CRETE’S FIRST COOKERY SCHOOL opens at ELEONAS Resort, Zaros.Want to learn the secrets of the healthiest eating on earth? Now it’s just a click away. Live like a local with Greece’s hottest gastro travel team at ELEONAS resort, located in Crete’s prettiest rural heartland, on a six day cookery course, with guided forays along our own Greek Slow Food Trail.

The ELEONAS Cretan Cookery School offers hands-on cookery courses in Zaros, Greece, amidst the UNESCO National Park of Mt Psiloritis. Our daily classes teach small groups about regional dishes, local award winning organic wines, and the seasonal, natural artisan produce which underpins the famous Cretan diet. The perfect cooking holiday in Greece combined with a dazzling slice of Cretan lifestyle.

Dates: Six day courses at ELEONAS resort – number one b&b on TripAdvisor - from 29th October to 31 March from only EUR 1,680 per person inclusive of six nights private accommodation, airport transfers, all tuition, meals, wine and six guided excursions (flights extra).

Eleonas Cookery Course

Getting There: Heraklion airport, Crete has direct flights from most major European cities May to October. Daily scheduled flights via Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport operate year round (from 130 Euro return) connecting with domestic airlines Aegean Air, Olympic Airlines or Sky Express.

Ferries from Heraklion Port on daily direct schedule from Piraeaus Athens.

Press trip by June Field, Three Sixty Degrees, www.threesixtydegrees.net 


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