Family Activity Vacation in the Pelion Peninsula, Greece

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Responsible tourism: Family Activity Vacation in the Pelion Peninsula, Greece

Environment

We depend on the sustainable natural beauty of the Pelion peninsula which draws visitors all year through its diversity of pristine mountain, forest & sea ecosystems along with its many small charming villages. Not exploited or used for mass tourism development, Pelion has remained untouched due to its ‘off the beaten track’ location, being at a distance from major airports & cities.

Our policy over the last 5 years has been to develop authentic activities reflecting these qualities and to do this we are helped by a network of trusted professional guides who are chosen not only by their service but also through their contribution in maintaining and working in harmony with the local environment. For example, ancient stone paths criss-crossing the small villages of Pelion were once the only communication routes in the area and fell into overgrowth & disuse with the advent of the car and road. Our walking & cycling guides which you may meet if you choose their activities, have initiated a program to open and maintain many of these which traverse much of the most beautiful scenery so that visitors now can enjoy them. Similarly, our sailing partners only operate from classic wooden sail yachts using wind power and our trip to local produce and craft producers use sustainable local resources. In this way, all our trips maximize both the positive environmental impact and enjoyment.

Our base, a renovated traditional Pelion stone mansion with one meter thick stone walls is itself an ecologically friendly building and was designed to maintain a constant living temperature during Summer & Winter without need for air conditioning. Recently we invested in environmentally friendly systems for water and energy conservation such as heat on demand sinks in the kitchen area, a heat pump system for the general hot water use with a high energy efficiency negating the use of Petrol or Gas, and conversion of all our lighting to LED along with movement sensitive lighting in the most used areas.

Community

Our focus is on the provision of an ‘Authentic experience’ which is rooted in ‘real Greece’ with all the best that has to offer. It is especially true in this respect that Community must go hand in hand with Environment. A small guest house, we nevertheless contribute strongly through employment and after ten years here we are integrated into the local village & area and are more than happy to share our local knowledge with guests on everything from festivals, food & trip planning, local markets & crafts in the area, to how to say good morning (Kalimera!) in Greek.

In renovating our stone house we specifically chose not to extend the original house with its 8 rooms because we felt we wanted to be able to get to know the guests, something not possible with a ‘mass tourism’ approach. Furthermore, the trips you will experience on your vacation directly support the excellent local guides we have have selected whose contribution and positive impact on their community is proportionally very large.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


In some ways this was a perfect vacation in that it combined cultural tourism, activity and lazing on a beautiful beach. Visiting Delphi and then the monasteries in Meteora was incredible. However, with the children, the chance to spend a few days in and out of the water on the Adriatic coast was incredible.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This is quite an easy vacation in some ways. The transport is all arranged and you get the most personal service from David (our guide). He only takes one family/grouping with him on the tour elements so you get a purely personal service and itineraries can be adjusted to meet the needs of an individual group.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We went slightly off the beaten track and stayed in nice, locally owned hotels, rather than large international chains. Our tourism benefited local businesses, e.g. in terms of activities and where we ate.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


David provided incredible service for us and there is really nothing I can fault. The scenery was beautiful, the hosting second to none, and the balance of culture/activity/beach vacation means this would appeal to most families.

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