Eumelia, which means harmony in ancient Greek, consist of a 50-acre working farm and five state-of-the art sustainable guesthouses situated in the heart of traditional farmland between the mountains Taygetos and Paronas, in an ancient olive grove, amidst gorgeous sprawling herb fields.
Cultivated by the Karelas family since the 1890s, the focus is on sustainable development and runs workshops and seminars, such as yoga retreats to promote well-being, a varied range of agricultural activities, art projects, musical festivals and gastronomy events. Guests can get involved in olive-picking in November and fruit-picking or go hiking, mountain-biking or horse-riding, among many other activities.
Proprietor and owner Frangiskos Karelas makes respecting the land and the fruits it produces the number one priority at Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse and has painstakingly yet lovingly applied homeodynamic agriculture methods – which is based on biodynamic agriculture – and other progressive farming techniques on the property that enables nature to heal and replenish itself at its own pace.
For instance, olive trees are planted with almond trees, an environmental communication further enhanced by neighboring pines, cypresses and grape vines, while herbs are combined to ensure healthy pluralism. The organic products cultivated there – extra virgin olive oil, iconic Kalamata olives, wine and lavender soap – are done so in a way that benefits both the people working the farm, the land itself and local community.
In addition, the five spacious cottage accommodations and main house have been created used entirely of eco-friendly materials, supporting a sustainable infrastructure by recycling compost and the use of geothermal heating/cooling and water recycling.
Greece is making significant progress in the field of eco-friendly sources of energy, such as solar and wind power, while Eumelia has set the bar for ecotourism and agrotourism, applying progressive farming techniques with a minimal use of resources and respect to its surroundings.
Eumelia offers an 8-day tour of Laconia that includes tours of the castle town of Monemvasia, monasteries in mystical Mystra, the ancient port of Sparta, wine and olive oil tasting, slow food cooking courses, craft workshops, museum and gallery visits, and Greek language courses. The cost for a 7 night – 8 day tour of Laconia is 1,750 euros per person based on double occupancy at Eumelia. For more info please visit www.eumelia.com.