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Elafonisos Looking to Appeal to Remote Workers

Elafonisos. Photo source: Municipality of Elafonisos.

Elafonisos, a tiny island south of the Peloponnese, is taking steps to attract remote workers through an initiative launched by the Global Hellenic Diaspora network and supported by the island’s municipality.

The Global Hellenic Diaspora is a network of philhellenes and Greeks living abroad that includes more than 150,000 members.

The initiative, which aims to offer people a destination where they can combine remote working with experiential tourism, includes the offer of travel packages with activities such as pilgrim tours, olive- and herb-picking, visiting the nearby 5,000-year-old Pavlopetri sunken city, exploring the island’s Simos cave and learning traditional dances.

Elafonisos Mayor Efi Liarou welcomed the initiative, underlining that those who choose Elafonisos will get to experience all that the island has to offer and become involved with the local community while exercising their professional obligations.

Diagram of the sunken city of Pavlopetri. Photo source: Municipality of Elafonisos.

“It is our strategic plan to extend the tourist season while providing incentives to our visitors to get to know the island and the local culture so that they are not just tourists but also our friends,” Liarou added.

During their stay on the island, visitors can also become involved in the community either through their professional specialty, i.e., doctors, scientists or through their participation in voluntary programs like coastal cleaning.

The initiative’s travel packages on offer were created by Upiria, a tour and activity website, and can be found online.

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