Argyrades village Corfu

Argyrades village Corfu

Being in a Greek island without your camera charger is a terrible idea. You panic in the thought of running out of the remaining battery and take irrational decisions to make good use of these final snaps.

So with that in mind we went out for a nice, quiet, relaxed walk with Dad at Argyrades – a village forgotten from time in the south of Corfu.We drove through olive orchards (sometimes as  dense as spaghetti where not a single patch of sky could be seen), past old brickwork fences and seaside towns until we reached Argyrades car park. You see, the only vehicles allowed in the village are bikes and vespas with all cars left outside, in a big car park.

We started our wander at the old village square, where a chatty gentleman briefly told us about the history of the place. His house used to be the old school and he was a historian teacher, so we couldn’t have met a better person to answer our questions while listening to his stories.

Argyrades, like many other Greek places, was suffering from pirate attacks for centuries. From Italians to Persians, they all wanted a piece of this beautiful village. With limited resources and finances, the Greeks had to come up with various, some quite unorthodox, ways to defend themselves.

And so they did!

The village streets are extremely narrow and even though walking around feels like following a zigzag route designed by a donkey, these were just some of the ways locals made it difficult for pirates to attack. There are narrow holes on each wall where people would attack pirates with javelins and it is even believed that at some point women were throwing hot oil from their windows down the streets trying to save their lives. Not a single house has big, wide windows and none of the sea facing walls had any openings.

Its extremely fascinating to walk around and spot all these signs of defence on the walls and clever build of the village.

It totally feels like time has stop in some of the streets and once I’d stumble upon a beautiful old building, I couldn’t help it but wander how many years of glory did it live before living on its current state of abandonment.

Often, out of nowhere, cats approsch you in a friendly way as if they are to welcome you in their neighbourhood.

Speaking of neighbourhoods, every house is somehow connected to each other here. Some share the same garden or entrance pathway and some others are connected by ‘passagio arches’ as the locals call them. Usually these used to connect houses that belonged to the same family. And hopefully they still belong to the same family, otherwise it’d be so awkward!

Before we knew it we walked up until the church on top of the hill, where we came across the most magnificent views of the village, the Ionian, and the Andriatic Sea!

Its no secret that Dad and I share the same passion for photography so we immediately got our cameras out and started shooting the magnificent village views.

Nothing cures a couple of amateur photographers like panoramic views of buildings combined with greenery and seaside.

The more varied the landscape, the better!

The rest of the evening was spent picking up oranges from the heavily loaded orange trees, there’s such an abundance of oranges here that the locals just let them fall on the ground. As an orange juice enthusiastic, I’m not one to let such waste take place. 

We also met a few of the local dogs and cats. Never not petting a dog!

We left the village just before my camera turned off with a canvas bag filled with juicy oranges and a bunch of new memories in my head. Just what the doctor ordered!

Anastasia

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Anastasia is a Greek in Scotland via England! She’s passionate about life in Aberdeen, exploring new places and petting dogs. When not working she runs Natbee’s and enjoys countryside walks with her puppy Cruz.

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7 Comments

  1. April 26, 2019 / 5:17 am

    This sounds like such a lovely way to spend a day, especially with your dad. That’s so nice that he’s as excited about photography as you are. Not to mention running into the old history teacher who gave you so much information about the history of the town. You would probably never have known all of that if you hadn’t run into him, and if he wasn’t so friendly and willing to share his time.

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    • Anastasia
      Author
      April 26, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      This is so true Jessica, so happy Dad is equally excited when it comes to photo taking as I am! He has my old Nikon camera which I used during my first days of blogging and he was so happy to experiment with my new Olympus E-M10 that I am using these days!
      We were indeed very lucky to meet this kind history teacher who was so happy to share all these stories with us.
      Thank you for your comment xx

  2. Helen M
    May 13, 2019 / 10:26 am

    I loved reading this post Anastasia, in a way I felt like I was right there with you! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful moments with us!

  3. Joelle
    May 13, 2019 / 10:31 am

    WOW, never ever heard of this place before but it is so peaceful and beautiful, I’d love to go one day. Thank you for introducing us to this magnificent place x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 10:41 am

      I am so glad you said this 🙂

  4. May 13, 2019 / 10:36 am

    What a stunning little village! So refreshing to see once in a while something different!

    • Anastasia
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 10:39 am

      Isn’t it? It’s such a unique place, like time has never passed!

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