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Eggares

In the Northwest part of the island, 7 kilometres from the city of Naxos, village Eggaresi s located, in the rich, all green flat and in feet of mountain Korakia (old name Mitria from the many myrtles (Myrties) that was growing up in the area).

There N. Kazantzakis, was passing his summer vacations and wrote “Report to El Greco” where he refers to the village as an earth paradise.

It is a small village that combines plain, mountain and sea. It has extent of 4500 stremmas (1 stemma=1000 sq.meters) and population of 200 individuals, at winter time, that in summertime quintuple.

The residents deal with agricultural and stock farming. Products: oil, potatoes, citrus fruits, cheeses.

In the middle of village dominates the grandiose church of Virgin Mary Dormition and close beside the big stone square.

Two rivers cross the village with verdurous riversides. Following the river someone will meet the abandoned settlements “Mesa Geitonia” with the tower of Foufopoulou and “ Lagkada”, as well as seven (7) preservable watermills. There is located a reservoir, the main water supplier of   the bigger part of the island.

Below the plain is situated the beach of Ammiti, a nice, virgin and quiet beach, without interventions. Next to the sea there is "Amitis" lake  where reeds grow up .

Preservable monuments are: the old marble bridge, that needs repair, remains of a monastery in the top of Gennisis mountain  and the chapel of "Agias Gennisis" in a cavern.

Places of interest in village are two renovated olive presses - 'One of them is hosting  the Local Office Eggaron -.
Splendid food you will find in the taverns of village.

Traditional Customs:

New Year’s Day Carols: with tsampounes and doubkia (traditional music instruments) take place on the Eve and  New Year’s Day ,when all the villagers  go to  the shops to enjoy treats, just after the end of the Mass.

The Carnivals kordelatoi: go with violins to near villages and entertain the women of those villages while kordelatoi from near villages come to Eggares and after receiving treat by the locals they entertain them with their own violins.

“Perifanes” : The day of Good Friday and on the August 15 locals set up burning “perifanes” (bundles from canes that are put on fire) in the streets and in the alleys of the village and follows the litany of the epitaph of Christ and Virgin Mary correspondingly.

 Resurrection: they use maskoula (crackers).

In August it is the main dance of the village at the school.

Foteini Arseni




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