The Creation of Iliahtida

Iliahtida is an old rural house built in the late 1800s in Tristomo of Karpathos Island. Recently we have  restore this traditional building converting it into a green touristic residence with agrotourism activities.

It is particularly important to note that the restoration of Iliahtida is done with absolute respect for the natural, architectural and traditional destinations of the area. The work we did in the house kept its main character by rebuilding the sofa (traditional Karpathian bed) and the wooden roof. We placed biological wastewater treatment system, water treatment system, photovoltaic system and solar water heater, work that was essential to the functionality of this touristic accommodation.

Tristomo is a virgin area where there is no basic infrastructure such as water and electricity. In Iliahtida we created these infrastructure plus we did the necessary steps to be able to have internet, telephone and satellite TV. Additionally we focus on the development of agri-tourism activities, resulting on a tourist residence able to offer the revival of traditional daily activities without the restriction of just the regular renting. For this we bought equipment to have functional traditional laboratories situated in Iliahtida, such as  Karpathian wood oven, the “Mitato” (small cheese factory) and wine press.

Iliahtida aims to provide an opportunity for people who like to choose alternative forms of tourism, especially in pristine areas of ecological value such as Tristomo with a strong element of participation and a combination of relaxation with a trip through time, experiencing traditional activities of Karpathos. But alongside the use of new technologies in green growth and in cooperation with the Greek nature conservation company, we aim to be a Green tourist residence model (standard) with ecological consciousness that could be useful and help in developing but also in protecting this special place.

Author: iliahtida

Hi! My name is Manolis and my origins are from a place called Tristomo in Karpathos island, Greece. Here at Tristomo I lived for the first three years of my life. My family then moved into the capital of Karpathos, Pigadia for financial reasons. For the last 15 years I have started slowly to come back at Tristomo, the place I was born, thus my home. Nearly 5 years ago I started implementing a plan to restore Iliahtida a traditional Green House. This project first of all represents my true presence at Tristomo and the creation of a daily life, based on activities such as, cultivation, fishing, beekeeping etc. Then I want to do everything I can to help Tristomo, a place that participates on the Natura 2000 network in the heart of the third Sea Park of Greece. This is a dream that I hope to complete with much effort, work and the help of people who will come to Tristomo and Iliahtida to live with me real experiences in the area, and also help protect this unique site. Thank you.

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