Megalochori is our next stop and it’s another picturesque village. Its existence is recorded all the way back to the 17th century.
Home to historical mansions, old traditional houses and wine canavas it is a colourful, traditional little place. Apparently it has a history of merchants exporting the Vinsanto wine that the island still produces.
One striking feature of the historical homes and mansions are the high walls, inner courtyards and solid wooden door entrances, built for privacy and for safety against marauding pirates.
In the center of the village, there is a pretty little traditional square with taverns, restaurants and trees providing welcome shade and relaxation.
The square is the heart and soul of Megalochori, a gathering place for the locals to play a game of cards or ‘tavli’ (backgammon).
Spiraling out in all directions is a maze of winding cobbled streets and smooth edged pathways, just waiting to be discovered.
Next up we take a peek inside one of the traditional cave houses in the village and enjoy a riot of colour.