port of arrival is Karavostasis and unfortunately
its name is more inspiring than the place itself.
However, after undertaking a short bus journey,
you alight in the cliff-top village of Hora, a
completely different world.
It is no
exaggeration to describe Hora as one of the most beautiful,
traditional villages of its kind. From the delightful shaded
square outside the main gate, narrow alleyways lead to the
inner precinct, an extraordinary square, borded on three sides
by the backs of houses, the fourth a cavernous drop 700 feet
to the sea with views that almost match famous Santorini. Hora
is peaceful and quite up-market with tavernas and cafes to
stretches northwards from Hora, hugging the cliff-top and
offering more breathtaking views before descending sharply to
Vathi Bay where you can relax on a lovely, sandy beach.
The southernmost island of the Western Cyclades. lt lies
between Sikinos and Milos. The mariners call it Poucandros. lt
is an island full of mountains and sheer shores. It is
separated in two parts by the gulfs Porto Vathy and Plaka.
Mythology reports that the island was colonized by the Cretans
with Folegandros, the leader, son of Minos. ln 425 the
unification of the island with the Athenian alliance. The
Romans are included to the conquerors of the island, which
they used as a place of exile. It had been a part of the Duchy
of Naxos for 400 years (1207-1607). Then the occupation by the
Turks came until the Revolution in 1821.
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