Ecology, farming, local gastronomy, and the customs peculiar to a certain place; fresh air, simplicity, peace and warm hospitality: these are some of the benefits of agritourism, the par excellence version of travelling that brings you closer to Mother Earth and her children.
Taking part in farm life goes beyond a simple travelling experience to become a return to tradition. It is this immediate, personal relationship between people and the land when a guest soon becomes a friend that one can restore by taking part in agritourism activities.
The morphological diversity of Greece and its endless natural resources combined with its unique culture and tradition make up a rare blend of images and experiences where lovers of the authentic will relish the blessings of nature.
Working with the land
Help with picking olives using any of a number of age-old harvesting techniques, and with transferring them to a traditional olive press; initiate yourself into the traditional art of extracting the precious oil!
Harvest grapes to make wine or tsipouro, or pick fruits, herbs, and mushrooms. Take part in reaping and learn about bee-keeping by having your own hands-on experience.
Working with the cattle
For those who love animals, getting to know how to take care of them will sure be a challenge. After all, you don’t have the chance to see cattle’s grazing or milking every day!
A more gastronomic choice involves participation in the yoghurt and cheese making procedures.
An educational holiday
In agritourism cooperatives around the country one can take lessons of cookery and pastry and prepare old-school recipes of jams, stewed fruits, spoon sweets, home-made bread, fresh pasta, pies, liqueurs and other delights of the local cuisine.
In pottery workshops you’ll develop your handcraft skills or you might also make the very presents you’ll carry back home from Greece. Wineries will let you sip exquisite wine and initiate you into the secrets of wine: varieties, aromas, colours, tastes.
Ecotourism is part and parcel of agritourism. Depending on where you’ll be staying, there might be a plethora of wonderful choices for you in store. National parks, wetlands, stunning landscapes and one of the richest floras and faunas in Europe await you. If you are into action, don’t miss out on the chance to do your favourite activity in the midst of the superb Greek natural beauty: swimming, fishing, hiking, mountaineering, horse-riding. But you can’t go wrong choosing the Greek nature for a relaxed holiday either: wake up to the singing of birds and have breakfast in the shade of a vine, or dine at the sight of sunset colouring olive groves in gold and green.
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