The Village

  • Most villages were created in the medieval or Byzantine times. They have been kept unchanged and visiting them is for the traveler a short journey in time.
  • Built in leeward slopes to protect residents from the wind, hidden or built high on the mountain to keep away pirates, they often resemble fortresses.
  • The houses, built next to one another, "cut" the wind off and connect people. Whitewashed and simple, following the minimal Cyclades’ style, they reflect a purely authentic lifestyle.
  • The square, the fountain, the arcades, arches, alleys, the cobbled paths, marble stairs, all common elements of the villages, are craftworks and a case study for modern architects.