Mystery Islands Of Greece –Part III

Mediterranean | | August 24, 2009 at 10:00 am


antikythira islandThe secluded, craggy, tiny, pastille-shaped Greek island of Antikythira, spans a mere twenty square kilometres and is situated sixteen maritime miles, south of Cape Capelas, of Kythira Island. Despite its aridness, it is quite productive with regular fresh yield of veggies, fruits, wines and honey. The Kythira and Antikythira islands are placed south of Peloponesse belonging to the region of Piraeus. It is noteworthy for the unearthing of the ancient Antikythera ruins located close to the capital and port, Potamos, a befitting proof of its lengthy spanning history.

Antikythira is the perfect choice for those who prefer isolation from the urban craziness and adore bird-watching, the sights of plentiful blooms and being nuzzled in the lap of nature. Principally, Antikythira is a hilly, arid island having two key mountain ranges, the 212meters towering Troula located in the north-west and the highest point –the 378meters high, Plagara, situated in the southwest. To the north end of Antikythira are found two smallish islands of Prasonisi and Lagouvardos.

The classically Mediterranean foliage comprising of phrygama, maguis, junipers speckled where the eyes can decipher, with thick vegetation on the west part of Plagara and olive plantations and cereal meadows in the core of the island.

It is a primal place to venture out, for those averse to modernity, seek isolation with a wide range of Spartan lodgings. During the time periods spanning fourth and first centuries B.C., Antikythera was made as a base camp by the set of Cilician bandit groups till their downfall caused by the Pompey, the Great. The citadel used during the time is still viewable from the top of a crag located to the north-east side of the island.

Mystery Islands of GreeceDuring 1207, the Venetians reinforced the island, but despite that, pirate attacks prevailed, that continued to be a major hitch for the dwellers that till present times are largely descendants of the Cretan settlers that moved to this place since 1792.

Antikythera is intermittently a stopover for the ANEK Lines ship-‘Myrtidossia’ as it passes amid Piraeus in Athens and Kissamos-Kastelli located in Crete.

During the two migration times of springtime and fall, Antikythira transforms into the significant migration location for two hundred migratory species. It is the sole populated island that boasts of the biggest settlements of Eleonora’s Falcon bird species worldwide.

Due to its geographic placing, comparatively lesser human hustle-bustle, it accomplishes all the prerequisites for the conception of the bird observatory that aids in monitoring the movements of large and small bird species that move through the Peloponnesse and Crete areas that helps contribute majorly to the scientific study undertaken there.

Mystery Islands Of Greece –Part I

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  1. Chelsie says:

    The way you are bring the picture of Antikythira islands alive for me.
    What experience that was, Ricky, I was seriously bowled over by beautiful rare species of plants & birds. A moments like that really make it worth a millions!

  2. Mary says:

    I guess what Potamos, Spartan beauty around, the citadel & it’s inherent glory makes me feel like visiting it again! Btw how did you not mention Monastery of Nektarios of Aegina? Its a place you can’t miss on Greek Islands.

  3. Roger says:

    Do you know Falcon birds can have a speed of 242 miles per hour. I have planned my tour & really looking forward to see some in Greek Islands. What say, do you want to handle one?

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