Walk through the estate, looking for and collecting edible greens and herbs with expert guidance. It is an experiential, hands-on activity where the child touches, explores and learns. Children develop their sensory organs through direct contact with nature. They observe the shape, texture, appearance and aroma of plants, learning through experience. There is also discussion – presentation on the usefulness and properties of Cretan greens and herbs.
Set in an appropriately designed, semi-open air workshop, the Green Scientist is a program where children experiment with simple and smart constructions that facilitate understanding of basic concepts such as power, speed, acceleration, gravity, torque, etc. Children can also engage in orientation games and familiarize themselves with the use of the compass.
Hike from “Agroikies” to the village of Agios Thomas. Stop first at the Panagia Kardiotissa, the 12th century chapel, with the ancient oak trees, the old stone bridge, the water mill and the fragments of frescoes that testify to the original building’s 10th century origin. Visit the 14th century temple of St. Thomas with architectural elements that clearly date back to the 10th century. Walk around the traditional alleys of the village, visit the Byzantine churches, the Kera Spiliotissa site, an impressive cave-like carving that belonged to the wider area of the sanctuary of the Goddesses of the Under World, where according to mythology , the Hole of Hades existed. End the walk with a visit to the 1st century AD Roman carved tombs.
Hike through the estate towards the first Minoan stone-carved winepresses located amongst ancient oaks in an environment of incredible natural beauty. Change direction towards the chapel of Agios Antonios with elements of Venetian architecture, carved graves on the south side and ruins that testify to the existence of a Monastery and Orphanage that operated there before the Revolution of 1866. Walk through the rich flora of the Cretan land towards the another Minoan stone-carved winepress of impressive size and conclude the walk in the 12th-century church of Panagia Kardiotissa, with the ancient oak trees, the old stone bridge, the watermill and the fragments of the frescoes that provide evidence that the original building dated further back to the 10th century.