Have an eco-friendly holiday in Crete!
Candia Park village is committed to encouraging sustainable and responsible tourism. Read on to discover our top tips for making your Cretan holiday an eco-friendly one!
Good food is one of the most important parts of any holiday, and by eating local produce as much as possible you can both support local farmers and reduce your carbon footprint. Seek out restaurants serving Cretan food and opt for local fish and meat rather than the more expensive, imported products. At the “To Fili Taverna” in Candia Park village, guests can experience authentic Cretan dining with a menu featuring fresh fish and seafood specialities alongside local delicacies direct from the land. Alternatively, visit the myriad tavernas lining the seafront at Agios Nikolaos and taste the finest seafood straight from the small boats lined up in the harbour!
Candia Park village encourages guests to explore the Cretan countryside and take advantage of the many hiking routes on their doorstep. However, it is always important to stay on marked trails when out hiking in the mountains and valleys of Crete, and never leave litter behind. Do not attempt to approach any wild animals you may meet on your adventures as you may scare them and cause damage to them or their environment. Also, try not to cut or remove any wild-growing plants – even the ones that smell divine! Sustainably farmed teas and herbs can be found at many shops and village markets, and make the perfect gift to bring home for family and friends.
It is imperative to stay hydrated in the hot summer sun. However, constantly buying bottled water is not only expensive, but creates a lot of waste plastic. Try to recycle any plastic bottles you may have in the blue, municipal recycling bins or, even better, bring a re-usable bottle with you and fill it up as you go. However, be aware that not all tap water on the Greek islands is potable, so be sure to ask the relevant person if the water is clean, or head to cafes and restaurants to ask for a refill.
Closer to home, Candia Park village is pleased to offer a variety of environmental activities for both children and adults alike as part of its commitment to the green philosophy of bluegr Hotels & Resorts. Candia Park village invites guests to explore all that Crete has to offer through the beauties of its natural environment. Just ask for one of the ‘blue bikes’ – provided by the hotel free of charge- and discover the region’s secret gems.