Bored of all the same old sights that are suggested in every tour guide book?
Want to discover something new or out of the ordinary? Then this tour is for you!
Discover Kalafationes forest and Skyrian horses, see the Ropa valley, visit the Theotoky estate wineyard, and the traditional old village of Giannades !
Booking a private tour to Silvaland, is a fantastic enjoyable, and memorable experience ! The views of Corfu countryside on the way to this place are stunning. Upon arrival at Silvaland you can enjoy a Greek coffe, or a cappuccino, while watching the tiny horses called the Skyrian Pony. The Silva Project is a non-profit organization located deep in the Kalafationes forest, which is dedicated to preserving the Skyrian horse.
This volunteer based charity has a riding school, is involved in the rescuing of abused animals and owns an organic kiwi farm. SKYRIAN horse, is an endangered species of horse that Silvaland basically saved from extinction. If you got children with you, they will be so happy ride this lovely animals. Amazing instructors and all the equipment is provided! Great coffee shop too!
Silvaland is dedicated to offering unique, positive and fun experiences for all the guests, that involve horses, other animals and the natural environment. They are continually breeding the rare Skyrian Horses and they offer riding for all ages (from the age of 2)
Their aim at Silvaland is trying to make an animal park with rare Greek breeds. Some other animals in this lovely place are: Goats ( Oulokerata, rare greek breed ) large donkeys, miniature donkeys, Cows, & geeses.
Activities & lessons: Classical ridings, events, ( such as dog competitions), parties, seminars, recreational riding programs, horsemanship, pony mornings, therapeutic riding.
An absolute must while on Corfu!
Our next stop will be the Theotoky estate wineyard ! One of the oldest wineries on Corfu is undoubtedly the Theotoky Estate. The Theotoky family used to be one of the most powerful families of Greece and both the father and the grandfather of the current owner,
George Theotokis, have served as prime ministers of Greece! The estate has been in the family for many centuries and is situated at the Ropa valley, near Giannades. It’s comprised of about 300 acres of mostly olive trees and vineyards but also a pine forest.
The facilities of the estate have been completely modernised and are equipeed with all modern technological gadgets, but the traditional appearance of the buildings has been preserved and the traditional buildings together with the beautiful nature make this a place of peace
and beauty worth visiting. You can walk along the vineyards and under the olive groves, you can visit the cellar, winery and olive press and you can enjoy the many animals of the farm! The olive oil produced here, both virgin and extra virgin, is simply delicious and this is mainly due to two reasons: First of all only the cold press method is used, resulting in less oil being extracted from the olives but of an exceptional quality. Secondly, although there’s no organic certification, the use of pesticides on the estate is taboo!
The Theotoky estate also produces a white and a red wine of exceptional quality. The red is made from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, while the white (which is James Bond’s favourite in “For your eyes only”!) is made of Robolla and Kakotrygis grapes.
If you are looking for top quality wine and olive oil, Theotoky is a name you should remember! Visits to the estate are possible on fixed dates and should be arranged beforehand.
Finally we will visit the Giannades village.
The village of Giannades ( 450 years old ) is located in the central west of Corfu, 20 kilometres from Corfu Town. Giannades has a healthy population of between 700 and 800 people. its location between the olive-clad hills and the fertile plain,Giannades has always had a
strong agricultural tradition. In a 1918 survey, it has a population of 1,200, which lived on large crops of maize (mainly for polenta-style porridge and cornbread), wheat and barley. It had 25 acres under potatoes and no less than 120 acres under vines. 35,000 olive trees
produced 280,000 kilos of oil. In addition, the villagers possessed 150 cattle, 200 sheep and 400 goats. They exported 200,000 kilos of animal feed. These days, prosaically, the area is a major producer of hay. Still today you can see this tradition at work, with tractors
rumbling about their business of ploughing and clearing land. Large herds of sheep wander the plain, under the control of their shepherds. Many of the inhabitants have plots of land where they intensively grow vegetables, from seeds passed down from their grandfathers.
One such is Alekos Armenis, who with his parents farms five acres near the Ropa Estate. His produce is as close to being ecological as it can be, and he sells at it unbelievable cheap prices from a market stall in Corfu Town. From trees growing on the low hills between the
village and the Plain, the local family of Christos Eleftheriotis produces and bottles an ecological olive oil, which is for sale exclusively at the supermarket in Giannades Square.
Next to Alekos’ land, the Theotoky Estate also continues in the region’s agricultural tradition, producing extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil from its 4,100 ecologically managed trees, plus the famed Theotoky wine (dry white and red) from 30 acres of vineyards. The estate is
open to visitors. Giannades offers such a lot to do, you can easily spend a pleasant day in the area, immersing yourself in the traditions of one of Corfu’s most congenial villages.