The sea is our garden

Hercules Milas

Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece

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Fyropotamos is one of the most picturesque seaside setlements with “syrmata” in Milos island (Cyclades, Greece). The settlements with “syrmata” is one of the most beautiful characteristics of this unique island. Other tiny villages with this typical style of liliput houses are, Klima, Mandrakia, Fourkovouni, Areti, Aghios Konstantinos and Mytakas.

What amazes me in this type of villages, besides the beauty of simplicity, is the strong feeling of comunity, the warm bonds between the members of these villages, and their tight conection with the sea.

But why “syrmata”? They are called like this because they have a special mechanism to “syroun” (=draw) the boats inside during winter. Sometimes they have two floors (each floor never bigger than 20-25 square meters, and some other times only one floor “built” inside a cave. During summer the inhabitants of the inland, put their boats in the sea and use “syrmata” as summer “villas”

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