Green & Local Activities 2015
Environmental activities have always been a part of Creta Maris. Since the implementation of our philosophy, as well as the certification of GREEN KEY, Blue Flag & Travelife, the creation and implementation of environmental actions is even more imperative. These actions are implemented during the months of operation involving staff and guests, as well as community members.
The ideas and the dates of our Green Activities for the season 2015 are as follows.
May 7th - World Environmental Day
"Ecological and romantic return to the old Crete" Tourism offers new images, cultures and experiences. Combining the Cretan culture and the old Cretan way of living the resort revives one - less "culture" night- passing in all common areas fifteen minutes without light. The lights of candles, the "silence" of culture, and the coastal environment in a more natural background were a separate and parallel ecological experience for our guests. The Creta Maris presents its version of “black out time" event (an event where many countries cease electricity in many places and monuments for ecological reasons).
May 8th – Traditional sheep shearing
Creta Maris Beach Resort offers the opportunity to all guests to experience the local lifestyle through the traditional sheep shearing.
The sheep shearing is a big celebration inextricably bound with the farming lifestyle of Crete. It is also called the "feast of sheep" and the purpose is to help sheep not suffering from the heat. It is one of the exciting festivals that take place every year in early summer, in which every farmer invites friends and relatives to help him in this difficult task. This tradition always finishes with a feast.
May 30th - International Biodiversity Day
"Creta Maris Plants & photography competition." The flora of Crete is of paramount importance in the scientific world due to its biodiversity (herbs, aromatic plants, ten unique species of wild orchid in the world, etc.). Our hotel honores nature and invites all guests to learn about it and capture it through their photographs. The photographers of the hotel will give some tips for professional shots in the Apollo Hall, then the guests will visit our organic field where they will have 24hrs to find and capture any artistic flower or plant within the complex. The photos will then need to be sent by email to our Guest Relations Desk and will be displayed on a screen in the lobby the following day.
The judges of the photography competition will be:
- Mr. Nikos Vlassiadis, Director Creta Maris Beach Resort
- Ms. Faye Papaioannou Marketing & Public Relations Manager
- Mr. Ramzi Abichou, Photographer
Below you can see this year's participants and the winners of the photo contest
June 9th - Blue Flag’s official award ceremony, Open School Day and Beach Cleaning!
This day a series of environmental events were performed, in order to enhance public awareness regarding environmental issues. More specifically, Creta Maris celebrated its "Blue Flag" award. Moreover, the Creta Maris Green Team along with the 170 students of the Elementary School of Ano Gouves, proceeded with beach cleaning. Finally, on the same day the Open School Day was held and an educational tour of the Elementary School of Ano Gouves took place at the premises of the hotel.
July 24th - Street Cleaning & Tree Preservation
The above mentioned Creta Maris Green Team’s action, with the hotel guests as allies, takes place along the main road of Hersonissos. Dismantling the grass of the road, garbage picking, and whitewashing the trunks of the trees are the activities of the team, which aim at their protection from insects and the sunburn, as well as the removal of garbage from a busy road. The result of this green activity is the contribution of the Creta Maris Green Team to the amelioration of the Hersonissos’ displayed image to tourists and the protection of the environment.
*Whitewash = primary method of protection from insects of fruit and ornamental plants.
August 27th: Cleaning of outdoor areas
In continued efforts for environmental sustainability Maris Green Team organizes cleaning of the hotels’ surrounding areas.
August 29th: Thrashing
Thrashing: One of the most traditional Cretan customs takes place in Creta Maris Beach Resort, making in this way the guests, who are participating, communicants of Cretan customs and tradition. On the day of thrashing, guests are also able to grind grain using the traditional hand-mill, producing thereby flour, which is then used to make bread. All attendees celebrate the end of that day, eating bread and the traditional dishes and appetizers the hotel prepares especially for the occasion.
September 17th: Traditional Harvest
Aiming to introduce the traditional Cretan rural work to the guests while presenting the Cretan culture where manual labor is a cause for celebration, Creta Maris organizes another local action. The ritual begins by collecting the grapes from the vineyard (harvest), and transfer them in a traditional way, with the donkey, on the winepress for the production of grape must, and then distillation of the grapes in order to produce raki as well as grape must jelly. All actions are followed by music, dancing, and delicacies, features of the Cretan hospitality.
September 28th: World Tourism Day
Creta Maris Beach Resort in collaboration with the municipality of Hersonissos celebrates the World Tourism Day by performing a lot of celebrations around the town. Meanwhile, the municipality of Heraklion honors that day as well with events that last three days.
October 1st: World Food Day/ World Bread Day
Creta Maris Beach Resort celebrates World Bread Day offering the opportunity to its guests to become acquainted with the traditional way of baking bread. Specifically, the chef of the hotel shows to the guests how kneading and baking bread in a traditional wood oven. Then customers can be involved in the process of kneading, while also they have the opportunity to taste local delicacies and raki from a specially designed buffet that set up for the occasion. The World Bread Day is celebrated every year on October 16th by the initiative of the International Union of Bakers and Confectioners (UIB), with the slogan "Make bread yourself or buy it from the oven of your neighborhood."
October 4th: World Animal Day
Creta Maris Beach Resort celebrates the World Animal Day by offering the opportunity to its guests to visit and spend time in the resort’s farm. Specifically the guests may visit the animals of the Organic Field of Creta Maris, feed them and take pictures with them, while tasting traditional products from a buffet. Meanwhile, the resort distributes flyers concerning animal protection and ways for improvement of their living conditions.