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Rhododendron Walking Festival

In summer 2018 the inaugural Rhododendron Walking Festival took place along the tracks and trails of the Knockmealdown Mountains. The event was a huge success and we are now getting ready for the next festival which will take place over the 2019 June Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 31st May, Sat. 1st June – Mon. 3rd June. 
Further details outlining all events can be found on here -
Anyone interested can register directly online.

Western Crete

ACTIVE CRETE is an alternative tourism business based in a part of Western Crete which is promoting eco-tourism. This area is part of the European Programme NATURA 2000 which aims to protect its rich natural heritage. You can explore the rich botanical, historical, archaeological and cultural landscape with our knowledgeable help.

We offer our guests six types of holiday weeks :
a. Walking holiday weeks. We are leading long walks of medium difficulty lasting approximately 5-6 hours. They are
suitable for demanding walkers. Detailed description at :
b. Painting holiday weeks. They consist of extended painting activity in the morning and in the evening. We visit
varied sites to paint at so a little walking is included. Detailed description at :
c. Walking & Painting holiday weeks*. We are leading light to medium walks in the morning and painting courses &
workshops in the late afternoon. Detailed description at :
d. Yoga holiday weeks with a highly qualified and experienced teacher. Detailed description at :
e. Yoga and Hiking Getaway week offers two yoga sessions morning and evening for five days, combined with guided walks. Detailed description at :
f. Insights week gives our guests the chance to gain insights into Cretan life by trying different activities each day: A Cretan Cookery (and eating) morning, walks, talks, Cretan dancing, sketching outdoors, wine-tasting, a boat trip to the little island of Imeri Gramvousa and a visit to the wonderful Botanical Park at Chania. Detailed description at :

Most of our walks are completely unknown except to the locals and leave only a green footprint as there is usually no need for transport.
The painting courses and the yoga courses are all suitable for beginners or advanced participants.
In the evening there is the opportunity for group meals at local tavernas at very reasonable prices(10-15 Euros per person including Cretan wine).
Our holidays are suitable for couples, groups or solo travelers and include accommodation with breakfast and airport transfers.
For group bookings above 8 people we are able to run painting and/or walking holiday weeks from the beginning of April, by arrangement (our programme usually starts in May).
Prices start from £620 and we offer a 5% discount on groups over six people. There are reasonably priced fights to/from Chania in the months of the programme.
For further details please go to our website or contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We hope to see you in Crete sometime in the future.

*Please note that both walking and painting are optional and can be extended or shortened according to the needs of your group.
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