Created In Crete
Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.
The island birthplace of Zeus, Crete, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art, agriculture and one of the first civilisations, the Minoans. These days many rural Cretan villages, thrive on a sustainable lifestyle of barter and exchange with a strong connection with the land. ESA is thrilled to be collaborating with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create a truly immersive sustainability experience which will make visitors leave with a richer connection with LIFE!
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ESA tours are co-created in collaboration with Crete Urban Adventures.
Truly immerse yourself in a natural Cretan experience which will make you leave with a richer connection with a sustainable LIFE!
- Experience the Cretan culture through its unique flavours.
- Learn all about our “Liquid gold” Aka Olive oil through the unique experience of tasting samples from across Crete.
- Participate in a fun 'wilderness' scavenger hunt for all the family around the grounds of our eco-venue. Feel, smell and touch the endemic flora.
- Appreciate and learn about FIVE different local wine varieties while enjoying organically produced, typically Cretan 'tapas'.
- Teach the children about the process of olive oil from tree to dinner plate.
- 30 % of your tour costs will go to supporting small scale local
- businesses in rural communities.
On an island that has been inhabited even before the Minoan times, architecture varies from town to town due to its long history and many occupations from foreign cultures.
ESA is a wholly authentic off- grid (powered by the Cretan sun) sustainable facility that is environmentally responsible and Resource-efficient.
This beautiful modern day building, set in Cretan nature, uses ancient Cretan natural building techniques of clay, stone, wood and straw.
Located high up on the ‘Drapanos Kefalas’ cape close to Chania, the small traditional village of Drapanos will be your stomping ground for getting acquainted with the natural treasures of Crete.
On your way there you will admire the beauty of the coast and sparkling blue bay from one side and the rugged “White mountains” on the other.
Come along and sense the natural feelings of the space, which are hard to quantify in writing, but so many visitors 'feel' and react to so positively.
Crete is the home to a particularly rich flora including 1893 documented plant species of which 159 are endemic to the island.
You will learn about the flora and nature of the area and also the local food products and how they are produced.
Sustainability is not a new concept to Cretans. The indigenous Cretan population has lived in harmony with the natural environment and utilized resources with a consideration of capacity for regeneration of resources for future generations.
You will gain first-hand experience of sustainable living and a sense of ‘sustainable self’, by feeling it and living it for yourself at the most appropriate venue ESA- Drapanos.
Learn about mainstream sustainable ideas that you can apply in your everyday life and also still enjoy luxury and beauty.
Walk around our grounds to see, hear, feel, smell, touch and taste all the richness of this ancient land. This experience will open your senses.
Participate in a scavenger hunt to find the Cretan herbs that grow profusely in this organic and natural landscape..
Learn about their use in food and also in medicine.
Live an enhanced wine tasting experience from a highly respected internationally certified sommelier who was raised and still lives on the Drapanos- Kefalas cape.
Learn the basics of wine tasting and then dive deeper into exploring the local varieties with a glass in your hands.
Cretan diet and olive oil are world famous and tonight we will teach you the health and taste benefits of organic olive oil has. You will learn how to judge a good olive oil from another.
Of course no experience can be complete without some nibblings. You will be introduced to local Cretan fine foods and traditional, locally produced ingredients that will tantalize your senses.
Upon leaving ESA (European Sustainability Academy - Crete) you will leave a much “richer” person and have helped small rural businesses to thrive. You will take with you a bunch of much prized Malotiria - Cretan Mountain Tea.
MEETING POINT: Chania Municipal Market (the Public Market is located at the centre
of the city, on central market square). Our guide will be standing outside, on the left.
Meeting time: 18:00
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, 5 different wine tastings, 3 olive oil tasting, organic produced finger food, fruit, fresh orange juice for the children and take home ‘Cretan Mountain Tea’.
- Truly immerse yourself in a unique experience which will enrich you with a new connection with LIFE between earth and sky!
- Especially designed to suit families, this experience of wonder takes place just after sunset
- You will learn how the ancient Greeks used the night sky for mythology,orientation and to predict what to expect in upcoming seasons
- Explore the night sky through state of the art telescopes while our resident astronomer shows you different constellations, stars and planets.
- Indulge in mouth watering ancient recipes cooked in Minoan style ceramic pots (Slow Food)
- 30 % of your tour costs will go to supporting small scale local businesses in rural communities.
- Crete is a magnificent island with a varied and very interesting landscape.
While on this blessed land, we are sure that you have spent hours looking around at the scenery and capturing those moments on your digital camera.
But have you ever looked up?
Crete is not only beautiful by day but also by night! At the ESA location in Drapanos there is NO LIGHT POLLUTION! This gives you a special night sky experience.
The Cretan night sky is magical and fascinating!
With our “Window to the Universe” tour we will not only show you the obvious; bright stars, clear constellations and the streaming Milky way, but we take you a step further and let you feel one with the universe.
In a small group of like minded travelers you will arrive at ESA (European Sustainability Academy - Crete ), off grid eco-building, the first of its kind in Europe sustainable facility in Drapanos village in the Apokoronas region in Chania.
Our in- house astronomer will greet you and welcome you to a life remembered experience.
This tour provides a great introduction to astronomy through an entertaining and fun experience. The evening is especially designed to suit families and takes place just after sunset.
Our tour is for everyone, even for those of you without any prior knowledge of the sky. You will learn how to understand and look at it, observe it through our telescope, and discover a new world, our universe !
You will enjoy an informative presentation, and whilst sipping a glass of local organic wine (based on an ancient Minoan wine) we explain the sky above you.
You will have a clear 'naked eye view' of our universe that will take your breath away, as Drapanos village is the perfect location that provides some of the best viewing conditions in Crete.
We explain what we see when we look at the stars, what is a constellation and how to learn about them.
You will be given your own 'sky map' to take away with you for recognizing the main stars where ever you are.
Even though most of you have seen a lot of astronomical photographs on the web, there is nothing like the experience of visual observing.
Your intergalactic experience will end with an authentic Cretan dinner under the stars.
A dinner that is not only mouth watering but also prepared in ceramic pots in the style of ancient times. (Slow cooking)
Our dishes with ancient (vegetarian/meat) Cretan recipes and local farmed products will sustain you with pleasure as we discuss ancient greek mythology and its connection with the sky above.
Most of the names and stories about the constellations with which we are familiar come from ancient Greece.
Our evening tour will come to an end as we serve you our delicious dessert and afterwards we take you back safely to your accommodation.
MEETING POINT: Chania Municipal Market (the Public Market is located at the centre of the city, on central market square). Our guide will be standing outside, on the left.
Meeting time: 19:30
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation, a glass of wine, 3 course meal, fruit, fresh orange juice for the children.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
We provide transport to and from the venue. If your hotel is on route from Chania to Drapanos, please email us at email@example.com for a pick up solution.