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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



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.

The bridge of De Chirico is just 500 meters from the station of Milies and its access on foot. It's a unique construction and the only one in thw world because the rails do curve on the carrier of the bridge is linear. Its name of the designer Evaristo De Chirico (Giorgio de Chirico's father), is also known as Bridge of Taxiarhis because the stream that runs below it and built by the German blacksmith Snyder.
Internally the lines are trajectories that supports the rails to keep the train in line.

Also amazing are the works buttress of the mountain with stone harmonizing the environment with the technology of good workmanship and excellent sensitivity for the environment.

It is the first multi-national project that took place in Greece where people of many nationalities worked to complete the entire line that passes above the bridge. Worked Greek and Italian workers, Belgian and German engineers and French and Italian designers integrating along the line 16 km in 3 years!

Ρολόι Τρίκαλα Φρούριο

"All these years, in spite of our investigations, we have not managed to find the designer and architectural design of the clock, since the records of the municipality fire" destroyed.

These states in his book "Fortress, the Clock and the Byzantine Aqueduct of Trikala" the researcher Nektarios Katsoyannou. This is the present building of the clock, which is around 5 m. North of the old, and together with the castle are a symbol of the city.

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Elati Trikala Ελάτη Τρικάλων αξιοθέατα ξενοδοχεία δραστηριότητες

Elati is one of the most developed villages in the prefecture of Trikala located on Mount Koziakas! The old name of the village was ''Tyrna'' until 1955. Before you ascend the slopes of Koziakas worth a stop on arch bridge immediately after Pyli. Elati is located at an altitude of 950 meters. Elati has about 400 permanent residents who work in tourism, farming and logging.

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Elati has everything a visitor needs so it is a destination for visitors throughout the year, both winter and summer. Residents of Trikala choose it for an everyday getaway and people from all over Greece visits Elati and stays more days.
Built into the mountain Koziakas has many restaurants, cafes and a variety of accommodation, mainly traditional houses with wood and stone for your stay in cheap prices and good services.

In winter everything turns white from the snow except ​the heaven and the fireplaces get literally fire and the smell of wood burning spread throughout the village atmosphere. The white landscape, the view from the balconies of the hostels and the view of the fire that burns all day to make many starring for hours on them.

Is a favorite retreat for nature lovers, hunters and friends of skiing, it's just 8 km from the ski center of Pertouli. The main activity of visitors are hiking the trails or the direction of the forest Koziaka either in the village. Many try the climbing area located in Red Rock with six routes. To approach the crag follow the uphill side of the booth at the entrance of the village before the first gas station. In 50 meters above and on the main road on your right it's the starting point for the paths of Koziakas. Also worth visiting the church of Koimiseos Theotokou builted in 1822.

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In Elati you will eat very good! Worth trying goat meat, wild boar, goat soup and pork. You will definitely stay excited, the food served is delicious!

Elati is 32 km from Trikala, 360 km from Athens and 260 km from Thessaloniki.

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