The village of Karavas is located in the northern part of the island, a few kilometers from Potamos, the largest of Kythera’s villages. It is close to a large ravine where all sorts of trees cover fresh water springs flowing from the hills. Most famous among the very many springs are those of Amir Ali, Keramari, Maggana and Portokalia. According to the legend, the latter owes its name to an orange tree on which grew 100,000 oranges. The tree withered some decades ago due to a severe winter.
The inhabitants of Karavas are very active. Portokalia (“the orange tree”), a local association, holds an annual fun fair with traditional dances and sports activities. The Patrician School of Agriculture, the primary school as well as the arch that signals the entrance of the village, were all made possible thanks to donations from the inhabitants.
Just a few kilometers to the north is a small coastal village called Platia Ammos, where several tourist accommodations as well as cafés and restaurants are to be found. Just like Avlemonas, this small village has its own “fan club” of tourists who “ignore” the rest of the island.
Near Karavas, this time towards the south, are the villages of Gerakari and Petrouni; they have been deserted over the past decades but are starting a new lease of life as several houses have been renovated and occupied during the summertime. Karavas is also a starting place for some long hikes. Pay a visit to the Moudari lighthouse and the beaches of Routsouna and Agios Nikolaos. In the village you will find some traditional products, as well as bread and paximadia (a Greek Melba toast made with olive oil).
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