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MV Properties Presents Olive Harvest Season

Olive harvest season is here. Family and friends come together to collect the olives and prepare the year’s olive oil. This process is a labor of love and involves many different stages with the ultimate reward being able to enjoy your own home-grown olives and fresh olive oil for the months to come. We think it’s safe to say if there is anything that embodies the meaning of prosperity best – it is most definitely the beloved olive tree.

Harvesting your Olives

One of the most compelling reasons to buy property on Ithaca is not just to enjoy the glorious summer months but to take part in the everyday island traditions that take place all year round. Harvesting your own olives is just one of many local traditions that can be enjoyed in the off-season months.

Owning your own home on the island allows you to extend your stay into the quieter months giving you time to enjoy these simple moments of everyday island life.

At MV Properties we are passionate about sharing all aspects of island life with prospective buyers. 

Enjoy our step by step guide to olive harvesting below.

New Properties for Sale

Located in the quiet and elusive area of Pilikata, these two adjacent properties are for sale. Both offer incredible views and provide an ideal location to build a home or investment opportunity.

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Located on the outskirts of Stavros village, these two plots of land are for sale. Offering both convenience and privacy these plots are a fantastic investment opportunity.

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These two plots of land for sale are located in Vathi. Both properties are in excellent condition and have been well maintained.

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The end of the year is near, making us wonder where time has gone this year. We are so humbled and grateful for all the opportunities 2021 has brought. We are looking forward to a well deserved break and are sure you are too.Thank you for your continued support.

Until next month,

Melanie

MV Properties Top Walking Trails on Ithaca

MV Properties Top Walking Trails on Ithaca

Each season brings about something new and exciting on Ithaca. From the silver-lined olive groves and the evergreen mountainsides to the turquoise reefs of the coastline and endless streams that flow during the winter months. Just as nature responds to the changing seasons so does our island. The ebb and flow of life on Ithaca is not only good for the body, mind and soul but provides perspective. At MV Properties we are taking the time to appreciate this new season and all that comes with it. Slower days, more time with family and friends and exploring our island are just some of the things we are looking forward to this season.

View overlooking Afales Bay, perfectly capturing the blue tones of the water below.

Exploring Ithaca 

There are many ways to explore Ithaca but one of the most refreshing and rewarding has to be by foot. The island offers extensive natural trails that enables locals and tourists alike the opportunity to explore areas of the island that are only accessible by walking and allows you to immerse yourself within the surrounding natural beauty. You are bound to be rewarded every step of the way by the magnificent breath-taking views, the reassuring cool breeze of the ocean air and the unforgettable memories which will remain in your heart. Autumn is the perfect time to explore these trails as the weather cools and the islands quietens.

Ithaca has so much to offer throughout the year and we are privileged to live in such a diverse and beautiful place. Whether you are looking to travel to Ithaca for a holiday or are looking to relocate, MV Properties is here to guide you every step of the way. You can find our extensive list of rentals here as well as our property listings here.

See some of our top trails below or for a more extensive trail guide click the link below.

Roussano Trail
Starting at the monopati (footpath) on the road heading up to Exoghi, you will walk along the ridge of the mountainside. Enjoy panoramic views overlooking Stavros village and Polis Bay. Approximately a 45 minute walk ending at the naturally-formed plateau of Roussano.

Anoghi to Kioni 
An easy and pleasant route starting from the Araklis Menir. Following a stone-paved path among olive trees fields and dense vegetation, the route ends up in Three Mills (Treis Myloi) which constitute Kioni’s landmark!

The Church of Panagia Spiliotissa 
Take the footpath starting from the plateau of Marathias, in the south of Ithaca. The wondrous views overlooking the southern landscape of the island will leave you in awe and in search for more trails to follow and explore.

Platreithias
A circular route combining a walk in the wild, a visit to archaeological sites and swimming in the sea! Starting from the bridge of Platreithias and passing by Exoghi, where we find two important medieval churches, we visit the fountains of Kalamos and we reach Perivoli beach.

New Properties for Sale

This incredible property located along the coastline of Cavos near Polis Bay is for sale.
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This unique house in the heart of the mountainside village Anoghi is for sale.
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This exquisite house with vast sea views is for sale in the Aetos area.
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As your local property agent, MV Properties not only aims to provide you with a dynamic property portfolio but also provide you with the best of what Ithaca has to offer. We hope you enjoyed reading through this month’s news and are feeling inspired to put your walking shoes on. Thank you for your continued support.

Until next month,
Melanie

MV Properties Summer Highlights

Sunset views Ithaca Greece, Stavros

As we say goodbye to our busy summer season and welcome autumn, we thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on some of our top summer highlights.

Event Planning : MV Properties Wedding in Vathi, Ithaca Greece IDMVW006VAT

Flower arrangement, wedding Ithaca Greece

We are honoured to have been the event planners for the spectacular wedding of Josephine and Giorgos, held in Ithaca on Saturday 28th August 2021.

Josephine contacted us earlier in the year and we began working closely with her on the look and feel she envisioned for her big day. With the inspiration she brought to the table, along with local suppliers and our hands-on approach, we were able to bring it all together to create the perfect wedding day for this special couple.

The wedding was a relaxed, quintessential island-style wedding, embracing all the natural beauty of the island and allowing simplicity and elegance to play the lead role in this story. 

The wedding ceremony was held at the iconic Lazaretto, located in the bay of Vathi. The transportation was done by Mana Korina, in which the boat was beautifully decorated with lanterns and ribbons – starting the day off with a special kind of romance and traditional greek wedding music.

The church was simply styled, where mini olive trees lined the entrance leading to the church. Lazaretto provided the idyllic setting for this intimate ceremony as it is completely private and one is surrounded by windswept pine trees with Vathi port as a backdrop. 

Guests were transported by mini bus shuttle to the reception which was held at Kirki at Filiatro. This venue comfortably accommodated the 120 guests with allocated spaces for welcome drinks and canapes, DJ and band area, cocktail bar stand and buffet station. 

Guests were seated at allocated tables which were elegantly styled with a soft ivory rose and olive wreath centerpiece and a bomboniere at each plate setting. Each guest received a glass ‘mati’ token with almond chocolate koufeta in a hessian bag. This token gift perfectly complemented the feel and nature of the wedding and created the final touch to the table decor.

To kick off the celebrations and evening ahead, the couple enjoyed their first dance and cutting of the cake which was then served later in the evening after the meal. 

The food was set out in buffet style where an array of traditional greek dishes was available. The coordination of logistics and order of events was managed by ourselves, from the morning right through until the evening celebrations.

The party officially started when the music began to play. A complimentary mix of modern day tunes by DJ Dimo and Ithaki’s traditional band created the festive atmosphere. The two parties worked closely together, offering the guests non stop entertainment and every reason to dance the night away.

We, at MV Properties are glad to say that after months of meticulous planning and preparation, the entire wedding from beginning to end was a success. The day was filled with love, laughter and sheer happiness from both the bride and groom, their families and friends who had travelled to witness this union on the beautiful island of Ithaca. 

We feel honoured to have been a part of this memorable day and would like to wish Josephine and Giorgos a long and happy marriage.

To see their videos on our MV Properties Youtube channel please click here for Video 1, Video 2.

And get in touch if you would like help with organising your dream wedding, on Ithaca, Greece. Contact us here!

We would like to thank the following suppliers who made this day possible.

Wedding planner : Melanie at MV Properties

Cake : Frosini at Servos Bakery

Bombonieres, koufeta and stefana : Xara at Babaloo

Flowers : Peticaris (Anthopoleio Futokosmos)

Boat service : Mana Korina

Shuttle service : Ithaca Tours and Ithaca Transfers

Venue Reception : Kirki at Filiatro

Bar : Kirki at Filiatro

Catering : Livanis Catering

Music : DJ Dimos

Live Band : Vaggelis and co.

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Home Renovation in Lefki, Ithaca Greece PROJ001LEF

Sunset over the west coast of Ithaca Greece

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MV Properties – New season, New properties

MV Properties - new season, new properties newsletter

Ithaca is open for business. Greece is out of lockdown and we’re seeing more and more international countries moving towards lifting restrictions.

MV Properties opens new office in Vathi, Ithaca Greece

MV expands office footprint to Vathi, Ithaca’s main port and capital

MV Properties Office Renovation in Vathi, Ithaca Greece PROJ001VAT

MV Properties is expanding! Over the last month we have been working hard on renovating the new office of MV Properties in Vathi.