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snowy pictures of plastiras lake

The first snow of Lake Plastira from yesterday (11/12) in the afternoon is a fact and offer a beautiful decor that blends perfectly with the tranquility of the water in the bowels of Thessalian Agrafa. Winter Elvin of the most beautiful seasons Lake Plastiras rates for this lovers year after year increase throughout the country .. Snow Lake, prelude to Christmas ... Show the nice photo sent to us via fb friend of the column.

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Great response of the Skopelos friends at the call of  the Nautical Club through the campaign “Skopelos Needs U” at the social media for assistance to the victims of the great disaster of September.

Friends of the club and of Skopelos, Greek and foreign, the producers of “mamma mia” and numerous  other supporters of the island helped us to gather today the amount of 19230.90 euros.

On Friday  the 4th of December  at 18.00 everyone was invited at the Municipal Cafe of Skopelos to attend a small ceremony where vouchers were given to those affected by the flood.
Beneficiaries were selected according to the list of affected for the first residence as shaped by the Municipality of Skopelos and the Fire Service.

After contacting each of the beneficiaries the Club registered the needs to be covered with the first € 10.000 € as it was set from the beginning of our fundraising campaign.
Then we requested offers from all shops of Skopelos, in order to support local businesses and the most advantageous was selected. More than 25 appliances (washing machines, refrigerators, cookers, etc.) were purchased  in order to alleviate even a little those who suffered major damage through the flood. The Board the Nautical Club of Skopelos and the members hope that this symbolic move will be followed by other campaigns for local and state compensation, which we hope to offer substantial relief to those who have suffered major disasters.

Our campaign will continue until Christmas with an ideal target to gather other 10.769.10 € in order to be given to businesses which suffered incalculable losses and thus contributing to their relief.
Donations via Paypal: ID 22092015 and IBAN: GR9701104710000047129604865 SWIFT / BIC: ETHNGRAA (National Bank / Beneficiary: Nautical Sailing Swimming Skopelos Association – Club)


info: Find out more about Skopelos here.

alonissos weddings

Authorities at the Greek island of Alonnisos have made some innovative decisions in order to increase the tourism rate on the island in the coming summer season. The actions they have prepared focus on diving and hiking tourism, as well as on original events, such as underwater weddings.

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Μέσα στα θαλάσσια σπορ που μπορείτε να κάνετε είναι και το Kayak, είτε canoe kayak είτε sea kayak.


Canoe Kayak at Lake Plastiras  - Η θέα των αγράφων και της λίμνης είναι ακόμα πιο μαγευτική οταν τα βλέπετε από μέσα απο τη λίμνη. Στη πλαζ Πεζούλας θα βρείτε τις απαραιτητες πληροφορίες και εταιρία ενοικίασης για υδροποδήλατα και canoe cayak. Κόστος: 20ευρώ. Διάρκεια: 2ώρες.

Canoe Kayak at Peneaus Delta - Starting point the valley of Tempe.

Sea Kayak στη Damouchari - Starting point the natural port of Damouchari to the beaches of east Pelion. Open: April - October. Prices starting from: 15euro. Duration: from 1.5hour to 7hours.

Sea Kayak στη Skopelos - You will find single or double kayak in village Glossa from Kayaking Greece.

Sea Kayak at Larissa coast - Canoe Cayak from the beach of Stomio to the beach of Kokkino Nero from Olympus Trek. Price: 50euro. Duration: 2.5hours. Also from the beach of Velika you can try kayaking to the south beaches of Larissa coast.

Sea Kayak in Skiathos - More info at the beach of Vasilias. Vasilias beach is located at the bus station no. 8.

Kayak in Aspropotamos river - Η διαδρομή για να κάνετε kayak στα νερά του Ασπροποτάμου είναι η ίδια με αυτή του rafting. Μαζέψτε την παρέα σας και δοκιμάστε αυτή την εμπειρία με φουσκωτό καγιάκ στα ορμητικά νερά του Ασπροποτάμου με την Olympus Trek. Το κόστος ξεκινά από 55ευρώ το άτομο και φτάνει έως 75ευρώ το άτομο σε μεγαλύτερη διαδρομή που γίνεται από έμπειρους και επαγγελματίες οδηγούς.

Find out more about Kayak in Thessaly here.


Starting today, Alonnisos is abolishing the use of plastic bags. The ambitious project is backed by the entire island, which in the last few years has made major leaps forward on issues concerning environmental protection. If it succeeds, the Greek island will become the country’s first area to implement such a pivotal change in daily consumption habits.

Protected by the European Union’s Natura program and located in the heart of the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades, Alonnisos hopes to earn the title of the country’s “greenest” island.

“People here have had environmental concerns for a number of years, regardless of laws and prohibitions,” said Alonnisos Mayor Petros Vafinis. “There is an eco conscience, which the older generation might have referred to in another way, but essentially, it exists.”

Vafinis sounded enthusiastic with regard to the island’s recent environmental achievements. “When we started the recycling program in 2012, I did not expect people, especially older citizens, to participate in the effort. Grandmothers are now first in line at the recycling bins. I’m very pleased with the progress made.”

And now the island has declared war on plastic bags.

“Last year I took part in a conference about recycling on islands. The issue of plastic bags was raised by some scientists and what I heard had an effect on me. It’s a material which takes 400 to 500 years to disappear and is very damaging to both land and sea. We discussed it at the municipal council and decided to go ahead with the idea, with the help of two nongovernment organizations, the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal (MOm) and the Mediterranean SOS Network.”

Two meetings with the island’s entrepreneurs followed. “We decided to begin the abolition of plastic bags on December 1. Professionals have stopped ordering new shipments and, as a replacement, started putting orders for tissue paper bags and multiple-use plastic ones which they will charge for. Eighty percent of clothes stores are already using paper bags instead. Even outlets selling souvenirs agreed to place orders for paper bags, despite the added expense,” added Vafinis. “The Mediterranean SOS Network and MOm will donate 2,000 tissue paper bags and distribute fliers in order to raise awareness and inform all of the island’s residents. A campaign targeting visitors will get under way in the summer.”

“Alonnisos is a small island with tremendous environmental value and a very positive stance when it comes to environmentally friendly practices,” noted Natalia Roumelioti, coastal zone management projects coordinator at the Mediterranean SOS Network. The organization is taking part in Debag, a campaign aimed at raising awareness with regard to limiting the use of plastic bags around sea areas, which began in early September with European Union funding. “Reducing the use of plastic bags is important for the environment, it’s easy and, as of recently, an obligation following new EU legislation. This might sound somewhat ambitious, but I think Alonissos will succeed.”

EU directive

“I’m very optimistic,” Vafinis added. "Though we don’t expect plastic bags to completely disappear by December 31, we hope to succeed by the end of next year,” he added.

In May last year, the European Parliament ratified a directive limiting the use of “thin” plastic bags (of the supermarket variety) based on a specific timetable. Member-states are called upon to limit consumption to 90 bags per person per year by the end of 2019 and to 40 bags by 2025 – it is estimated that about 242 plastic bags are used per person every year in Greece. Alternatively, EU countries are called upon to ensure that there will be a charge introduced for plastic bags by the end of 2018.

Tsanslation taken from eKathimerini



FaLang translation system by Faboba


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