Moni

It is a mountain village in the centre of the island and at a distance of 20km far from Chora. It is built at an altitude of 500 metres with an astonishing view to the valley of Tragaia, Zas Mountain and the endless blue sea in the background. Its white houses compose a unique landscape with luxuriant vegetation all over and they are in a perfect match with Fanari Mountain.
 
Entering to the village you will meet the monument dedicated to the dead warriors of the village. You can park your car there and walk on the village’s narrow streets so as to see the stone buildings, for which local residents are so famous on the island, the main square and the small traditional cafιs. A stopover to taste the local residents’ sweets, wine and cheese varieties of excellent quality is considered indispensable. You can also do some shopping of local products if you like. Moreover, local women are famous for their textile products; an old tradition that has been conveyed to younger generations and it continues to exist until now. Strolling around you will also meet some old oil presses as well as the friendly and sweet local people that will show you the village’s beauties with great pleasure. Before leaving the place it is worth visiting a wood carving workshop whose creations, mostly made of olive wood, are exquisite.
 
Keeping on this way, you will reach the church of Panagia Drosiani. It is about a unique monument of 6th century that has a few really rare mural paintings of 8th century. The most important of them represents the Virgin Mary (“Panagia”) with the baby Jesus in her arms. Every Holy Friday after Descent from the Cross the residents offer plenty of raki, kserotigana (traditional sweet) and other fasting snacks in the church’s wonderful courtyard.
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