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Galini

The settlement was named Galini in 1955. It is one of the small rural villages of Naxos with 192 residents. It is about 6 kilometres far away from Chora and is located in the northern road axis from Chora to Apollonas. It is located amphitheatrically in the western side of valley of Eggaron, above the rocks, respecting the tradition and the fertility of the ground. Each house has a small garden.

The old name of Galini was Ahapsi, a name with which was characterized as settlement of Municipality of Biblos of province Naxos (OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC 22-18/12/1840). It was named Galini on 1955.

It is a village of new families, of young persons that support a two-class Elementary school with twenty children. They uphold with devotion the traditions and the customs of village. Centre of activities is the school and the only cafe.

At Easter they are set up perifanes(bundles from canes that are put on fire) for the Epitaph and maskoula(crackers) announce with bang the Resurrection of Christ. On 15 August, the village celebrates. The eve becomes procession of the Epitaph of Virgin Mary and on the day of 15 August is organised a festival. On 29 August they celebrate the Ai- Yannis Nisteftis (faster). It is the end of summertime. On 1 February, the village once again celebrates the Ai- Tryfonas, the protector of farmers. In the Carnivals again, kordellatoi or foustanelades, as they call them in the village, give particular and unique carnival atmosphere. Thereis not in Galini any shop selling traditional products. If however they offer to you xynotyro(cheese), mizithra, orange, apricots, figs, medlars, lemons, wine, oil, tomatoes and other, do not you deny to them. You will find a hotel for calm and particular vacations, as well as tavern for food.

In front of the village extends a flat with gardens of fruiterer trees, horticultural, vines and olives. The cultures are protected from air with the traditional cane windshields. In each garden the visitor will see a well and a stone table, as well as microscopic farmhouses next to a tank, under the shade of a fig tree or a mulberry. There you meet all kinds of cultures, from most modern up to traditional. It is the flat that Nikos Kazantzakis refers when he mention his summer vacations, in the book " Report to El Greko".

From Galini begins a road that lead to the beach of Amiti. In a hundred metres from the village, in the right, it is situated the church of Virgin Mary of Attaleiotisa. Afterwards five hundred metres roughly, in left, good hidden in the stream, is situated the monastery of Ypsilis that was built at 1660 A.C.. It is one of the more characteristic castle monasteries of Naxos, because of the particularity of the south-western circular tower. The strict exterior austerity of architecture of tower succeeds the plasticity of volumes in his interior. The tower of Ypsilis is private but visiting, with ticket 3, 5 Euros.

Where the plain of Eggaron finishes, is found the appreciable water biotope that is defined from the sea by the sandy beach of Amiti (extent of 500 metres). When the (meltemia) etesian winds strengthen, Amiti is ideal place for serf and unique for romantic nights!


Nikos D. Kritikos

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