In 341 BC an intelligent Thessalian horse-taker, Filoneikos sold to Philippe the B, king of Macedonia, his five-year-old stallion Voukefala for the impressive amount of the thirteen talanta (Plutarch, Voi Paralliloi – Alexandros). Filoneikos could not have imagined that his name would be revived in modern Greece and expecially in his area Karditsa through an original business idea.
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Filoneikos is a dreamy multi-purpose venue for entertainment activities. It covers a beautiful area of 17 acres, three kilometers from the city of Karditsa, on the road to Lake Smokovo. It was created with the motive of love for animals and nature, and it has as the vision of sensitization of both young and old people for the environment, through a unique recreational experience.
Filoneikos includes a fantastic wooden café with a fireplace and a pergola with unlimited view of the Agrafa Mountain range, a playground, a trampoline and a football field. In the riding facilities of professional standards, we give horse riding lessons for beginners and advanced ones, pony rides and horse rides for all ages, as well as therapeutic riding for people with disabilities by a specialized speech therapist.
Something completely new we have created for you is the zoo, which includes 19 species of animals and is constantly enriched with new ones, where you will see: Arabian camel, Kri kri (Cretan wild goat), Platoni deer, Mouflon wild sheep, Emu (Australian bird), Angora goat, mini piglets, donkeys, lamas, Shetland Pony, rabbits, Cameroon sheep, African pygmy goats, Apaloosa pony, Quessant sheep, Zebu Indian cow and others. You have the opportunity to get in touch with them, caress them and feed them, eliminating the stress of everyday life and at the same time enjoying their psychotherapeutic calmness. And all this in a place that stands out for its unique presence with free entry!
Our team of horses is carefully selected for their character and behavior, with each one having unique abilities so that we are able to meet the needs of both beginners and experienced horse riders. We also offer an Equestrian Academy for children with an experienced coach and a European curriculum. You can also plan horse rides with us in the neighboring river and the nearby Agrafa foothills, always with an experienced escort. Every Monday afternoon and Saturday morning you can enjoy free horseback riding and archery.
At Filoneikos, contact with animals and nature will relax you and you will forget your problems, while our activities will spur you off in a unique way while enjoying the tranquility and vastness of the landscape. Here we all are, people and animals, a happy family and we are waiting for you to experience unique moments.
Live the experience!