Countryside

Numerous characteristic country chapels decorate the hillsides…

 

The Anafian countryside is characterized by isolated clusters of farmhouses, the katoikies, which have common morphological elements that make them unique in the Aegean. They are located almost throughout the Anafian countryside.

Agricultural and livestock-breeding activities are still practiced on the island, usually in areas near gorges and valleys, with scarce vegetation that makes them resemble oases in the bare and arid landscape of Anafi. Such areas include Vagia, Lakkoi, Vryssi, Drapano, KammeniLaggada and Roukounas, where olive trees, vineyards, fig trees and prickly pears grow. Beekeeping is also particularly developed in the Anafian countryside.

Numerous characteristic country chapels decorate the hillsides;

those of particular historical significance include the chapel of Stavros (15th century) at the foot of Vigla, Agios Mamas and PanagiastoDokari near Kastelli, AgiosIoannisTheologos in Drapano, Panagia ton Vouvon (Our Lady of the Mute!) towards Vryssi. Remains of an ancient observatory tower can be seen quite clearly at Pyrgi, above the southwestern edge of the island.

The “katikies” of Anafi

The farmhouses of Anafi, the “katikies”, have always been the basis of the island’s agricultural economy. These were practically permanent residences of the farmers of Anafi in the past, and are occasionally inhabited today; they are scattered throughout the island

Each “katikia” is a complete agricultural facility, with ground-floor structures adapted harmoniously to the lie of the land. The “katikies”, many of which have been declared protected buildings, usually consist of eight separate structures: the house itself, the monospito or fournospito (baking-room), the oven, the stable and the pen, the barn, the threshing floor, and the xomantra (outside pen)

   

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