discover iraklia

Fanis Gavalas – Owner, founder, guide

I had the blessing of being born and raised in Iraklia indulging in a childhood and adolescence abundant with the colors of the Aegean sea and the flavor of natural products of my island. As an adult, I moved to the capital to study Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. After some years of working in the city I realized that I could not live far from nature and returned with my wife to Iraklia. Putting my engineering skills to practice, we built Villa Meltemi, our deluxe guest house business. As a lover of the outdoors myself, and a son of a mathematician-turned-ecologist who has studied the biodiversity of our island, I became passionate to share the experience of my island with you. Thus, Discover Iraklia was born! Meeting new people and introducing them to the island I grew up and loved has fulfilled a childhood dream of mine!

discover iraklia

Nektarios Kovaios – Guide

I was born and raised in Iraklia. I studied Electrical Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Chalkida. I am a sport lover and as a native of Iraklia, I have first-hand experience that nature is the very foundation of many sports. Simply put for me, nature and sports are a way of life. I like extreme sports and do competitive arm wrestling having won numerous championships. I am looking forward to accompanying you on the historic trails of the island and sharing with you the beauties of my birthplace!

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Aggeliki Karra – Guide

I was born and raised in Kalamata, originally from the beautiful, historic Mani! I studied Healthcare Business Administration. In my free time I do Crossfit and Yoga. I discovered the magic of the outdoors several years ago, when I started exploring the trails of my birthplace, Mountain Taygetos and Mani! My love for these places inspired me to co-found an organization to preserve the hiking trails so that both locals and visitors can enjoy them as well as we did! Discover Iraklia is the invitation to you to experience the beauty of the landscapes, the sounds, the aura from a small island with huge treasures waiting to be discovered! Your smile will be my greatest reward at the end of our trails!

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Panos D. Sianis – Guide

I grew up in mainland Greece near the ancient town of Corinth. From my Bachelor’s degree in Geology at the University of Patras to my Doctorate in Paleontology, I developed a passion for the outdoors while doing numerous field studies looking for fossil animals and plants. As an outdoor activities guide in Discover Iraklia, I seek to share memorable moments with travelers exploring the unique treasures of an island I love for its nature and its people!