The most fortified buildings in Greece are Typically Corfu towns. Throughout the 9th and 10th centuries, Corfiotes (forts, fortifications, or places of residence) were built on hilltops and were well defended against attack from hostile Armenian, Babrakan, and Persian troops.
Exploring places with a history
Inari, the last capital of the Ionian Islands, was built on a strategic site, getting as much as possible favorable volcanic soil, at a place where these populations had formerly settled and lived in peace and harmony with their environment so that both could coexist.
Like all Ionian villages, Ganonia is steeped in history. It traces its lineage back to the Neolithic Age, when the first settlers of the islands, the Greeks, received and understood the ancient hieroglyphs in the sunset with the help of an altar. The slopes of Mount Ainos, in particular, are steeped in myths and legends, brought to life by an impressive sun carving and seal building skills of the locals. 110 underground graves, cut into the hills, were found in the course of archeological excavations. The purpose of the tomb complexes is not known. It is possible that they were cemetery sites; nevertheless, there is not enough evidence whether they were tombs or temples. The unique features of these rectangular stone buildings are the prominent absence of windows and the use of wooden floorboards. Some of the rooms have been identified as ancient shrines and shrines, but some others as agricultural rooms. The fact that the walls are still intact to this day, despite such severe damage, is a testament to the skilled trade of the craftsmen who toiled to sustain the community.
Gastonia is very much a family town, and the streets are passed down from generation to generation in the memory of the ancestors. Houses are grouped according to their relationship to the Nile, with the Old (Loutraki) sector being the largest. Here you can find the vestiges of the most ancient houses and buildings, built around 5th century BC.
The New sector is settled in the period of British Protectionism in the late 1700s. This sector includes buildings built after the war that marked the end of the British period of occupation in 1885. One of the most striking things about these buildings is their pristine condition, even though they were constructed in areas exposed to strong winds. biodiverse-sacking, modern materials, and good craftsmanship are testimony to the skill and hard work of the craftsmen who constructed them.
Craftsmen and women are employed in the settlements to help bring in the cedar, which is then dressed up in beautiful leis and baskets before being presented to the ‘god’ of the village. The decorated leis are made from the finest of precious cedar and are presented to strangers, who are likely to be invited to the village wedding or homecoming ceremonies.
Today, Ganonia is a popular tourist destination, with plenty of places to stay, markets, and tourist agencies. Its year-round warmth and hospitality make it a fantastic place to visit, and it is within easy reach of both Fiora and Lefkada.
How much it costs
To get to Ganonia from Ithaca: Take the Panarea Flight from Ciutadella to Larnaca, then take a Shuttle Bus from Calandra (5 Euros) or Ateres (4 Euros). At the airport, take a Taxi, and a Bus from Termesseria (15 Euros).
To get to Ganonia from outside Corfu: Take a Bus from Hernia or Culia, then take Lefkeria (15 Euros) to Larnaca, and Alghero (20 Euros) to Ganora.
Getting to Ganonia: Larnaca is the nearest airport, Bus services leave from Termesseria (15 Euros) and Alghero (20 Euros).
To get to Larnaca: Take a Shuttle Bus from Calandra (5 Euros) and Atentaria (4 Euros).
To get to Ganonia: Take a Taxi, Bus or Shuttle Bus from Hernia, Culia, Termesseria or Alghero.
Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels and apartments in Larnaca. Tourists can expect to find accommodation in the environs of Larnaca, along with a wide range of restaurants, bars, and tavernas offering excellent food and drink.
How to get there
- Take the Panarea Flight from Ciutadella to Larnaca, take approximately 3 hours
- Take a single Bus from Letet Rento or Maldito Station and transfer to Ateres or Alaior
- Fly to Fortaleza, the trip takes approximately 2 hours
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