7 night arts and craft holiday that has been created for creative minds.
Seven amazing, inspiring local people, Dionysia, Mika, Effie, Lilian, Athina, Adonia and Nikos have come together in this ultimate artist’s paradise to bring you something unique. 7 night arts and craft holiday that has been created for creative minds who seek luxury, inspiration and a charming near the beach setting with so many delightful arts to get your hands on! Each day will present a new creative challenge from soap making to wood carving and ceramics to cooking lessons, while you are well fed, relaxed by the beach and looked after by your hosts, a Greek-Australian family.
Every level is encouraged, and you will have the inspiratin needed to find your own artistic strength and voice. Aside from that, it is simply pure fun, whilst being spoiled and looked after on a Greek island. Whether you come alone or bring friends, you will be meeting new people with similar interests, who enjoy a good laugh and love being creative.
Get inspired, embrace the local culture, be open to meet creative instructors and like-minded people, explore the surrounding area and get a taste of the local cuisine and tradition. This creative holiday has it all.Book this holiday package »
Please note, the following itinerary is for guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and group’s needs and wishes, but all the following activities will take place some time during the week.
On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation, Villa Spiros in Laganas. Famed as the home of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta, Laganas will be your base for this exciting Kaleidoscope of Artistic pursuits holiday. You will have time to unpack, and settle in your new surroundings.
A little while later your hosts will invite you to join them and fellow guests for an informal welcome meeting and home cooked meal over which you can discuss the week’s proposed itinerary and familiarize yourself with the many things there are to do and see in this diverse, lively resort.
In the evening, you may like to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unending Laganas beach. Let the sound of the sea and the gentle breeze melt away the stresses of your journey. There are plenty of seaside tavernas if you would like to enjoy dinner, with magnificent views over Laganas Bay.
After breakfast your host Antonio will drive you to a peaceful village where Dionysia’s ceramic studio opens its doors to welcome you to a creative four hour hands-on ceramics experience. Add a little water, play with clay and let your hands and imagination collaborate as you create your unique pieces. You will never be short of inspiration, surrounded by the natural beauty of this stunning island.
Dionysia will provide you with all necessary equipment, materials, inspiration, guidance and will encourage you to acquire or enhance your ceramic skills in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The course features hand building, assembling pieces, glazing and decorating techniques.
Enjoy half an hour break sitting in the shade of the old olive trees, sipping Dionysia’s lemonade made from fresh lemons from her garden and enjoying a rustic country picnic lunch before continuing with your art work.
After the class, go swimming at Tsilivi beach, where you can relax, swim and enjoy the many little shops. You will have plenty of time here for a coffee or a relaxed dinner by the sea before you return to Villa Spiros.
Today, meet Mika and experience painting in the countryside. Mika is a highly qualified and experienced artist, with numerous exhibitions to her name. She will provide you with all necessary equipment, materials, inspiration, guidance and you may choose to paint with water colours, oils, acrylics or use mixed media.
After a relaxed morning breakfast, Antonio will drive you to Koiliomenos village, 7 km away from Laganas resort. Koiliomenos with a longstanding architectural tradition, the impressive bell tower and stunning countryside will be the source of inspiration you need to be creative on the canvas later. There you will meet Mika, who will show you to the best of her village and share with you the beauty of the local culture, tradition and history, before you arrive at Abelostrates estate, hosting Mika’s residence, art studio and rustic taverna. There, you will endeavor to a three hour plain air workshop, under the shade and fresh air of the walnut trees. Enjoy a rustic homemade lunch prepared by Mika, before you return to the villa.
Back to Villa Spiros, you can freshen up and maybe enjoy a relaxing afternoon in lovely Laganas resort. You can swim at the sweeping Laganas bay, 500m from the bay with the unending sandy beach and shallow, crystal clear water. If you are lucky, you may even find yourself swimming alongside the loggerhead turtles Caretta-Caretta. They swim freely in the bay from the beginning of May until the end of October. Sun lounges are plentiful if you just want to lounge by the beach, kick back with a book from the library, or sketch by the sea. Whatever you do, make sure you make yourself at home.
In the evening, explore Zakynthos main town. First stop is at the Church of the island’s patron saint, St. Dionysius. The huge inside is richly decorated with gold and icons. The saint’s remains are here in a silver casket, which on some occasions is open for viewing. Later, enjoy a gentle walk and get familiarized with the Ionian architecture, recharge your batteries at a café by San Marcus square before you enjoy a gentle walk in the market street to taste and buy local products and delicacies.
Wake up to another fun and exciting day.
Today, from Agios Sostis fishing port set off for a once in a lifetime boat trip experience towards the breathtaking west coast of Zakynthos with the secluded coves, crystal clear water, dramatic caves, swimming stops, to arrive at mesmerizing Shipwreck bay. This is what we call a natural eye delight. If the weather is too windy for the boat, we will drive north and still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top.
Back at Villa Spiros, you will have enough time to relax before you start with your cooking activity with your host Effie. Effie is happy to offer you a choice between cooking “Giouvetsi”, orzo pasta with lamp in the oven or the Greek legendary moussaka. The choice is yours. Both dishes are a tasteful sensation!
In the evening, enjoy the meal you helped prepare together with your hosts and fellow guests accompanied by Antonio’s homemade wine.
Today, spend another wonderful day at Koiliomenos village.
This time you will visit the women’s cooperative of Koiliomenos village, you will meet some of the wonderful ladies who teamed up and founded the cooperation 20 years ago. You will taste their products and spend 5 hours with them learning how to make village wood fired bread, seasonal spoon desserts and organic soap from olive oil and seasonal herbs. Prepare these in gifts to take home and enjoy as a lasting reminder of your wonderful “Kaleidoscope of Artistic pursuits” holiday.
Enjoy a homemade lunch with them and their families, learn about the local history and traditions before you head back to your villa, to relax, swim at the beach after another creative and fun filled day.
In the evening, join your hosts and fellow guests at the little pretty garden of Villa Spiros for cheese and wine.
After breakfast, together with Antonio, visit Aristeon Olive Press & Grampsas winery.
At the olive oil museum, learn how the humble olive becomes liquid gold the precious oil that gives Zakynthians their lust for life. See the display of machinery from the old days before touring the modern factory with your guide. At the end is a chance to taste a variety of extra virgin oils on village bread and buy their products.
We continue our tour visiting Grampsas winery run by the third generation of the family, widely respected by Zakynthians and international clients alike. During the summer months the yachting fraternity visit regularly to restock their boats with wines for their Greek Island Odyssey.
The winery is beautifully presented, from the neat rows of vines to the display of winemaking equipment from bygone days. Son Tassos will talk you through the whole wine making process before inviting you to sit on the shady terrace to sample white and red wines with local cheese.
Enjoy a relaxing morning. You may like to explore the little shops alongside Laganas main road, or swim and sunbathe at the golden sands of Laganas bay.
Next, explore the picturesque village of Mahairado with Agia Mavra church and museum being the focal point. You will never be short of inspiration, surrounded by this fairy tale neighbourhood, filled with love, traditional houses and blooming neighborhoods. Here, you will meet Nikos, a very talented woodcarver who has made the entire wood work in the inside of Agia Mavra church. Under his guidance, enjoy a 3 hour woodcarving workshop followed by a lunch break at Dennis tavern. Meet and chat to happy locals finding happiness in simple things in life.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Enjoy a relaxing day by the pool or the beach or treat yourself to today’s exclusive optional excursion or activity. There are plenty of choices for activities ranging from gardening, horse riding, photography tours, knitting, hiking, clay shooting, cycling, to swimming, massage and spa treatments. Or let us know if we can help you arrange something specifically for you, we will be happy to.
In the evening dress up for the farewell party at “Dennis”, our favourite tavern in Lithakia village. There, we will enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with great BBQ and plenty of local wine and of course Greek live music and dancing. Enjoy the sounds of bouzouki while learning how to dance syrtaki.
Phew! A grand finale to a great week!
This morning enjoy a lovely traditional breakfast, maybe a walk to Laganas Main Street for last minute shopping, or a stroll to Laganas beach to take a last dip.
Your driver will take you to the airport or port in good time for your departure.
By now you will truly be feeling at home here, Zakynthian through and through, and definitely like a member of our family.
“Kallo Taxidi! (safe journey)
Self-catering studios and apartments
Join your welcoming hosts for your holiday on this gorgeous Greek isle, away from the workload and rush of the rest of the world. Stay at Villa Spiros, located on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos, with access to lovely cafes, seaside tavernas, a great spa and beauty salon and just 300 metres from Laganas sandy beach.
Private villa with pool
Perfect for those who seek privacy, Villa Antonio, is tucked away in the peaceful and picturesque village of Romiri, set over 2000 sq meters of private fenced olive grove land, with its own outdoor swimming pool & breathtaking views to the countryside.
Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using skyscanner.net to check flights.
Holiday start days:
March / April / October / November
May / June / September
July / August
7 nights/ 8 days
- It is possible to add extra nights accommodation to this holiday. Please contact us for more information »
- It is possible to stay min 3 nights.
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Our booking system allows you to keep your money with you for longer. This is how it works: there's no need to pay for the entire holiday course up front – all you do is pay a 20% deposit and then pay the remainder upon arrival.
We accept: Credit / Debit Card (Mastercard / Visa) or bank transfer to a GR bank account
Full details of how and when to pay the balance will be given during the booking process and will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following activities are priced seasonally, but your hosts will get you the best prices while you’re there:
Non activity participating guests are welcome to join. Prices will be discounted accordingly. Please contact us for more information »