Green & Local Activities 2014
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 2014 are as follows.
June 4th - Biodiversity Day
June 5th - Construction competition on the beach for children
On the occasion of World Oceans Day, a competition of structures on the beach for small children was held. The competition is organized on 05th of June 2014 and aims to bring children closer to the sea, to cultivate their love for her and her species and to reinforce the message to protect our oceans and marine species that live in them.
June 10th – 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.
June 27th - Participation on the 1st Solar Cycle of Crete with bikes
The hotel participates in the "second energy week" organized by the Region of Crete with a symbolic cycling, accompanying innovative solar car «Sunnyclist» built by Cretans engineers, in the first energy cycle of Crete. In this context, escorted bike will follow the solar vehicle from entering Hersonissos village and up to the hotel Belvedere and then back from the coast of Hersonissos, spreading the message of alternative forms of travel.
June 30th - Recycling
Our guests may participate in an informational session at the Apollo Hall about our hotel's effort to protect the environment by recycling garbage such us glass, oil, paper, light bulbs, appliances, & batteries. Moreover, the resort organizes a tour around the areas where the
garbage sorting is taking place (PLANET’S BREATH).
July 4th - 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
July 8th - 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).
July 15th - Clean the Beach
Maris Green Team in this Environmental Action cleans the beach starting from the resort up to the church of Agia Paraskevi, in Hersonissos, and its surroundings.
July 22nd - Tree Preservation
(Under the consult of the gardens’ responsible person)The resort will organize a whitewash* of trees at the entrance and the exit of Hersonissos village.
*Whitewash = primary method of protection from insects of fruit and ornamental plants.
August 9th: Cleaning of outdoor areas
In continued efforts for environmental sustainability Maris Green Team organizes a beach clean up starting from the hotel to the church of St. Paraskevi.
September 10th: 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 22nd: European day of transportation (European Car Free Day)
In collaboration with bicycle rentals, the resort organizes a green tour following the highway up to the junction of Kastelli, going up to Upper Hersonissos, passing through Piskopiano and Koutouloufari villages, going down to Hersonissos Centre, cycling through Hersonissos Costal Road, and ending at Creta Maris Beach Resort.
September 27th: 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 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.