Κάσος

ΚASOS - A TIME TRAVEL

Kasos is the southernmost island of the Dodecanese which is ideal for both summer and autumn getaways. It is a rocky island between the northwest coast of Crete and Karpathos with many natural beauties, vibrant traditions, ancient history and a few sandy beaches. It consists of five villages, the port of Fry, Agia Marina, Arvanitochori, the famous for the festival of Panagia and Poli, the old capital of the island. Fry is the capital and port of the island located in the center of the villages around the bay of Bouka which has the shape of an eyebrow from where it got its name. Most of the houses are two-storey and retain the old unique architecture while there are many traditional stone mansions that are unique architectural masterpieces. An important attraction is the church of Agios Spyridon, patron saint of the island of the 20th century, which has a unique wood-carved iconostasis and an ornate bell tower with a clock. The Archaeological Collection of the island is housed in the building of the old town hall of a listed building with elements of Cassian architecture. It includes archeological finds, historical relics and folklore material.

Agia Marina is the largest settlement of the island, picturesque with impressive mansions and that create images of another era. Picturesque alleys, churches with blue domes and well-preserved windmills are some of the Cycladic elements that characterize the area. Through a path one can visit the sacred cave of Ellinokamara, an important place of worship from the Mycenaean years and a refuge from pirates whose cave brought to light unique archaeological findings. The 16th century Arvanitochori at the foot of the mountains enchants with its magnificent mansions and white houses with characteristic flowery courtyards. One can visit the special Folklore Museum which is a traditional house that represents the way of life of the island through everyday objects and works of folk art. In the square is the famous cafe of "Maroukla" and through the path you can reach the fairytale church of Panagia Potamitissa, built high on the mountain in a natural cave. Panagia is a holiday settlement above Emporio which is the old port of the island with the homonymous church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

The capital of the island in antiquity is Poli built on the hill overlooking Fry, Agia Marina and Panagia. In the settlement is the church of the Holy Trinity and the remains of the acropolis. Also of interest are the valley of Argos, the Selai cave, the monasteries of Agios Georgios in Hadies and Agios Mamantos overlooking the Libyan Sea. If you have a boat you can visit the beaches at the back of the island that are not accessible. On the way passing through Kamares you can meet several seals. Kasos has beaches for all tastes steep, with rocks, for diving, with sand, for marine activities, small or large, organized or deserted. Most of them need to go by boat to visit them. One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece is located on the island of Armathia, and it is called Marmara has golden sand, green-blue waters, shards of coral, marble background and is ideal for those who dive. Avlaki and Trita are beaches for a few, since you will arrive after an hour's walk.

Kofteri next to the Port is ideal for those who do not have transportation as it is a ten minute walk from Emporios the most "tourist" beach of the island with the famous tavern that offers unique seafood. Chelartos is a bay on its back overlooking the Libyan Sea. Antiperatos is four beaches that were created after a downpour from the rivers that flowed from the mountains. The first can be reached by car while the rest by hiking. Trita is a beach accessible from the monastery of Agios Georgios through a route that crosses a dry river. A stone arch offers a pleasant diving stop. Avlaki is the most difficult to access beach as to reach it there is only an informal path before the beach of Chelatos which is an ideal place for diving. Ammua is a very popular beach on the front side of the island overlooking Armathia which, as its name suggests, has sand. It is a relatively organized beach like other smaller secluded coves on the island.

The island is diverse in gastronomy due to the influences that it has from Egypt, America, Asia Minor, Italy and Istanbul either through conquerors or through sailors. As in any island cuisine, so in Kassos starring dishes that contain seafood with the most characteristic of all the "cuttlefish pilaf" made with fresh cuttlefish ink, perhaps the darkest dish in world cuisine. The famous dolmades, the pilaf with cinnamon, the zucchini birds, the bostia and bombaria (stuffed lamb entrails), the skaros, the macaroni with sitaka,the  pies are some of the local flavors of the island. Every visitor should also try "drilla '' pure cream, flour creams and the rare butter of Kasos, the so-called "kaouli". A unique experience on the island is the traditional Kasio feast with the authentic traditional lyre music but also lute, mantinades, dances and improvised poetic conversations. Characteristically, the people of Kasos say that "they are born with the lyre on their headrest and the mantinada for lullaby" with which they spend their whole life and with them and die.

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