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Lindos Spotlight : George Eleftheriou

How high energy (and siestas!) are the driving forces behind George Eleftheriou's success as a local entrepreneur.   His long list of successful businesses include shops, restaurants, hotel and apartments and a car rental agency which he fits in between his duties as President of the local council.  An influential figure in Lindos and Pefkos, it's amazing how he finds time for his family and every business.  Read our interview with him here:

 

Growing up in Lindos in the 50s and 60s must hold some wonderful childhood memories for you George?  What do you remember most? 

I grew up in a wonderful village at a time when great change was taking place.  My father was a village farmer and he kept cows.  We used to milk the cows, make our own butter and yoghurt and then my father would get on the local public bus and visit all the surrounding villages to sell our products.  They were charmed times and memories of a very happy childhood.


Can you remember the first tourists coming to Lindos?

Yes I was 4 years old.  Every Wednesday a few taxis would pull into the Main Square and drop off day trippers.  After that it just grew and grew 


You are a very successful businessman George, how did it all begin?

My father had the kiosk in the Main Square which sold soft drinks and ice creams.  This was run by him and my mother whilst I was serving in the Navy.  When I finished my service I returned to Lindos and started my Rent a Car business from that same kiosk.  I then opened an office in the village, followed by our Lindos Restaurant and then apartments, Stella Hotel, shops and other property followed over the years.  The whole family including my wife, children and their spouses are involves in the businesses.

You have seen many changes over the years, but what Greek traditions are you keen to uphold?

Family values and the importance of strong family units. 

Well you are clearly a family man George.  What values do you want to pass on to your children and grandchildren?

Compassion and respect of others

With such a busy lifestyle, do you get time for a holiday as a family?
A few years ago, we all went to Italy.  Of course our holidays have to be taken in the winter months.  In the summer we are looking after people here on holiday.

I am guessing you don't have time for any hobbies?
I love fishing, hunting and always make time for my Church and the Greek Orthodox Religtion (not to mention my favourite time of day - the afternoon siesta!)

What are your hopes for Lindos in the future?  
My hope for Lindos, is that it can be returned to its original glory.  I believe that all the houses should be returned to villa status, and upgraded to a high standard.  This will mean a lot of money being spent and we are hoping for help from the EU. 

Lindos has welcomed many celebrities over the years, what is your claim to fame?
So many to mention - but to name a few -  Pink Floyd, Dave Gilmour, the late Rick Wright and of course the wonderful Astrologer, the late Patrick Walker.  For  a wonderful space of time, they were part of 'Lindian Life'.

What would you say has been the happiest time of your life? 

Definitely my wedding day to my wife Stella, and the arrival of all my children and grandchildren. 

George, are you superstitious?  
Not really, but I am a strong believer in dreams

 

So, remember, most ideas and succesful businesses started with just a 'dream'.  Maybe today is the day to make your dream your own reality


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