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This seven-night ceramics and cooking holiday will not only be a creative experience but also a cultural one, as, after your studio time and cooking in the kitchen, there are amazing excursions planned for you to experience the very best of local island life on Zakynthos; play with clay, create your own pieces, and let the island colors and local tastes enchant you.
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 meters from Laganas sandy beach.
Distinguished by the lure of its family-run and owned hospitality and extensive range of services, your villa excels with its warmth, hospitable ambiance, relaxing surroundings, and friendly hosts who guarantee a pleasant, authentic Greek stay and will point you to the very best of this wonderful island has to offer.
The villa offers studio rooms with ensuite bathrooms, fully functional kitchens, and spacious verandahs. You also have the option to upgrade into a self-catering apartment that accommodates 1-6 people.
The area pulses with the new and the old, and can be as lively or as calming as you would like it to be! In addition to the tuition, excursions, and things you will see, there will be some free time to simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Aside from your chosen activity for the week, you will have a holiday full of amazing and memorable activities, from finding the sea turtles famed in the region to swimming in natural springs and at shipwreck bay, dancing and listening to music in traditional tavernas, and discovering the history and culture of Zakynthos.
Perfect for those who seek privacy, Villa Antonio is tucked away in the peaceful and picturesque village of Romiri, set over 2000 square meters of private fenced olive grove land, with its own outdoor swimming pool and breathtaking views to the countryside.
This traditional-style Greek villa comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, a living room, and verandas. It is surrounded by flower gardens, fruit, and olive trees, and benefits from the warmth of the sun all day long.
The villa is suitable for couples, a family with children, or a group of friends or colleagues sharing. It accommodates from 1 to 7 people.
Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, shadowy olive groves and citrus trees, the peaceful village of Marineika is home to Dionysia’s ceramic studio: a treasure chest of intricate pottery and artwork. Under Dionysia’s warm and welcoming expertise, draw upon your creativity and develop your own pieces in the centre of paradise. With the scent of lemon on the air, and the glistening sea view hidden between the trees, you will never be short of inspiration in Zakynthos.
Providing all necessary equipment and materials, Dionysia will teach you how to develop your ceramic skills, whether you are a beginner, or want to further your skills. From hand-building, assembling pieces and decorating techniques, you will gain an understanding of the entire ceramic process, from clay to kiln. With small-group sessions, tuition will be adapted to each participant’s specific needs and goals. You’ll be provided with personalised guidance and encouragement, allowing you to create a masterpiece at your own pace.
Your hosts, the Vythoulkas family, will ensure you have a comfortable relaxing stay and will point you to the best this island has to offer. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover the magic of Zakynthos with others, learning about ceramics, food, and culture in a warm and welcoming atmosphere that you’ll never want to leave.
Dionysia was born in Marineika, Zakynthos, where her studio is located now. As a child, she remembers playing with mud under the lemon trees, trying to make small figurines and statues. After studying ceramics and paintings in Athens, Dionysia returned to Zakynthos in 1996 and opened her own pottery studio. Since then, she has created decorative and functional ceramics in her own workshop, which also houses a permanent exhibition of her work. As well as participating in personal and group exhibitions in both Zakynthos and Athens, she also likes to be involved in the local community with educational school programs, providing workshops for children. Her ceramics are different forms, colours and designs, inspired by the life and nature of Zakynthos itself.
Meet your host Antonio at Zakynthos Airport (ZTH) or port, who will transfer you to your accommodation. Famed for being the home of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, the Municipal Unit of Laganas will be your base for this fabulous culinary experience.
Take your time to unpack and settle into your new surroundings. Later, meet your villa hosts Antonio and Effie, who will tell you about all the things to see and do in this diverse resort over drinks and a welcome snack.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional welcome dinner, with magnificent views across the harbour and out to sea. Relax, with “kantades”, Zakynthos characteristic music, accompanied by the mandolin and guitar.
It’s an amazing way to start your ‘Ceramics and Greek Culture Holiday’, feeling welcomed and relaxed on our beautiful island.
After nourishing your body with a traditional Greek breakfast, it’s time to let that creativity flow in your first ceramics session!
Antonio, your host, will drive you to the ceramic studio, located in the beautiful traditional village of Mareineika, where Dionysia will be waiting to welcome you. In today’s session - lasting three and a half hours - you’ll have the chance to explore Dionysia’s studio and artwork, before sitting down and thinking about your own projects.
With Dionysia’s help and encouragement, you’ll consider your own themes and pieces, working with all the necessary tools and materials. With the zingy taste of Dionysia’s homemade lemonade in your mouth, and surrounded by a vibrant scene of nature, you’ll be filled with inspiration.
This afternoon, you’ll be taken to Tsilivi beach - a glittering expanse of sea and sand where you can relax, swim and devour delicious Greek dishes at Paradise Seaside Taverna.
In the evening, enjoy a homemade dinner with your hosts, which will be accompanied by Antonio’s chilled house wine.
This morning’s ceramic workshop will allow you to continue with your pieces, developing and enhancing your artistry with Dionysia’s friendly encouragement.
Embark on an incredible turtle boat trip, with the opportunity to swim alongside some of the graceful loggerhead turtles. Visit the breathtaking Keri caves and Marathonisi Island - the perfect place for snorkeling, swimming or just a paddle.
Enjoy a traditional evening meal at the villa, with your hosts and fellow guests.
The inspiration of the day will come from get an insider’s view of Zakynthos daily life and meet local people and producers, who are excited to share their trade expertise with visitors. First stop is at Lithakia village to visit the Olive Press and museum to learn how the humble olive is transformed into the precious oil that gives Zakynthians their lust for life and sample the extra virgin olive oil with warm village bread.
Next stop is at Lagopodo village to visit the Grampsas estate: a family-run vineyard and winery. The son, Tassos, will talk you through the wine-making process and the display of former equipment, followed by a sampling of white and red wines with local cheese on the terrace.
With inspiration from nature, local culture and lifestyle, you’ll return to the studio for the final time. Dionysia will teach you her special techniques for glazing, and you’ll have the opportunity to add the finishing touches to your unique creations.
Next, at Dennis taverna in Machairado village, indulge into a festive meal based on land, sea and the season. Try a traditional fish recipe, with a gorgeous garlic sauce and a variety of other starters. Enjoy your meal under the shade and aromas of the vine trees.
In the evening, we will visit the historic region of Bochali. The panoramic views over the twinkling lights of the town below, across the harbour and out to sea, guarantee another amazing evening spent on Zakynthos island. Toast the experience with a drink and enjoy a light dinner in the magical atmosphere - an experience you’ll never want to end!
Visit the historical Zakynthos Town after breakfast. Discover hidden gems and the amazing history, culture and architecture of the Old Town. Take a blessing from the island’s patron saint at St. Dionysius church, then, relax at a café on the edge of the historical Solomos square, before you visit the local market and shop for top quality local products, delicacies and souvenirs.
Next, we will treat you to a delicious authentic souvlaki lunch at the port grill house. Picture succulent meat, pitta and freshly-grown vegetables, drizzled in olive oil - it’s simply irresistible!
Arriving back at the villa, you will have enough time to relax or swim before the magical sunset dinner. With captivating views over rugged crags and the ocean, shimmering below, it is a mesmerizing experience that you’ll never forget. Zakynthos is called the jewel of the Ionian Sea for a reason, after all!
Wake up to another fun and exciting day. Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime sailing experience, towards the captivating northwest coast of Zakynthos. Sailing past the secluded coves, crystal clear water, dramatic
sea caves and white sand, you’ll arrive at the mesmerizing Shipwreck Bay and the Blue caves - some of the most famous sights of the island.
In Orthonies village, participate in a “farm to fork” culinary experience at a family-run mountain taverna. Athina will provide a live cooking demonstration of free-ranged stuffed chicken, in tomato sauce, with plenty of opportunities for audience participation!
Take your place beneath the shadows of an ancient oak tree and enjoy the meal you helped to cook, alongside local wine, and homemade dessert to add that final sweet flourish.
Back at the villa, enjoy your evening at leisure.
Today, you have the opportunity to spend the day as you wish - swimming and relaxing at Agios Sostis bay, for example, is always popular!
With a delicious beach lunch, there’s no need to even leave this slice of paradise. With the sun and the tickle of the waves against your toes, what more could you possibly ask for?
In the evening, dress up for our night out at “Dennis” tavern. This is your chance to enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with a great BBQ, local wine and Greek live music and dancing. Enjoy the sounds of the bouzouki while learning how to dance syrtaki, embracing and celebrating the traditions of a rich and beautiful culture. A grand finale to a great week!
This morning, enjoy your breakfast and make the most of your final moments. You can use the time to do a little last-minute shopping on Laganas Main Street, or head to Laganas beach, to feel the softness of the water, one final time. Your driver will take you to the airport or port in plenty of time for your departure.
After an incredible week stuffed with rich, local and authentic experiences and cuisine, you’ll feel Zakynthian through and through - and definitely a member of our family! We’ll miss you, as you go!
This ceramics and culinary holiday takes place on the beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos.
Included in the package are daily breakfast, four lunches, and five dinners. You will also enjoy wine and olive oil tasting, and dine in a restaurant.
The following activities are priced seasonally, but your hosts will get you the best prices while you’re there:
Cephalonia International Airport
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Zakynthos International Airport (Dionysios SolomosAirport)
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). All transfers are included from Zakynthos airport or from the Zakynthos ferry terminal to the villa. Full, detailed directions will be shown on your booking confirmation voucher.
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