Thursday, 27 September 2018

The Hora in Serifos

The Hora in Serifos is considered to be a model of a medieval castled settlement, built amphitheatrically on the hill above the bay of Livadi. The aim was to protect it from pirate invasions. 

Most of the houses are two storey, with narrow frontages

connected by narrow lanes

as Ken is demonstrating here.

At night the whole place changes and comes to life, as lots of people come to wander the streets and sit in the square

All the houses are white-washed

and, because the town is built on a hill-side, steps abound, which makes exploring hard work.

Most doors and shutters are painted blue, blue and white being the colours of Greece

Views of the surrounding countryside abound

sometimes viewed from narrow slits

And up one keeps going

Detail on a whitewashed wall

As we neared the castle at the top of the Hora, the views got more spectacular

Lots of chimneys

We reached the steps that would take us to the castle, but this is the subject of another post.

After our visit to the castle, we retraced our steps heading for the main square - a rest and a cold drink were in order

More chimneys, each one different

a nice piece of driftwood outside this door

and we reached the square, empty in the middle of the day, as there is no shade.

Each kafeneion or bar has its own colour for the chairs

At night, it's a different matter - the place comes to life

There was a wedding on when we visited at night, so the place was particularly packed as one of the bars was hosting the reception

The neo-classical town hall dominates the square

as does the church.

During our day visit, we stopped here for a while, then started the descent, wanting to explore the area around the windmills and then catch our bus

Gaidaros (donkey) is one of the popular bars

Three windmills survive, all three have been renovated and turned into homes

looking back

We walked up the hill wanting to find out what this building is - just a door, no windows. But no clues...

Nice views of the Hora from here,

and of the windmills.

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