In true Cretan home style, the apartments and studios are made using the island’s natural stone and wood – a much more eco-friendly way to build. Stone, wood and whitewashed walls, along with sofa beds in the living areas and fireplaces for the mild winter season create a cozy yet Zen atmosphere. Families will particularly enjoy the one-bedroom apartments and two-floor maisonettes, while couples can revel in the studios. The property is full of flowering plants and even local banana trees, surrounded by green hills yet not far from the sea!
Cretan flavors for breakfast and dinner
Get ready for a true Cretan feast. You’ll be happy to know that both breakfast and dinner (half-board arrangement included in the price) are made with local certified products. The breakfast also has the national Greek Breakfast certification, which ensures you’re going to start your day with a panoply of delicious local flavors. Not only are most fruits and vegetables grown in Crete, but they also come right from the owner’s farm! The same goes for the meats which are free range, keeping in mind that Cretan cuisine also has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
A world of eco-activities
If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to ride a horse, the Stone Village has a modest horse-riding arena where you can get familiar with these wonderful animals. There are also ponies for kids! Beyond the “village” boundaries, you can explore all the good that this region has to offer, from exploring the nearby Melidoni Cave and wondrous 17th-century Attali Monastery to visiting the El Greco Museum in the village that the famous painter came from. Nature activities in the area include eco-beach fun such as standup paddling, diving and sailing, while land-based activities include hiking on nearby Mount Psiloritis. Just ask your hosts to help you plan a day trip or an eco-trip. Lastly, visit the pottery shop in Maragrites village up in the mountains if you like to see some good local art.
Budding green philosophy
In many ways, the Stone Village is eco-friendly by default, as it was built using real stone (rather than cement) and focuses on natural building materials, along with green surroundings. The owner has taken steps to implement recycling initiatives, clean with natural products such as vinegar, introduce a towel reuse program and provide green guidelines for employees. While there’s room for more green steps to be taken, and the management has promised to do so, we believe this is a great start for this traditional property, with the authentic family hospitality playing a key role in preserving local culture and tradition.