Megalohori village

  • The village Megalochori
    The village Megalochori

    One of the traditional villages on western Methana.

  • The village Megalochori
  • Megalochori

The village Megalochori

View of the beautiful farming village Megalochori on Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr
View of the beautiful farming village Megalochori on Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr

The village of Megalochori (Albanian called "Katounti Imath") is the largest and most important village on the west coast of Methana. It is located on the mountainside of the Chelona, ​​Tsouka and Panagitsa volcanoes. It was probably founded around 1830. Its predecessor in the Middle Ages lay in the valley above at the Panagitsa chapel. In the village there is the Papadi church and a small village square with cafes. The inhabitants of the village used to deal mainly with olive and almond cultivation, as well as with wine fields. Megalochori is the successor to the ancient settlement of Methana west of it, which lay by the sea and around the ancient acropolis Paliokastro. An alternative country hotel "Arsinoe" was run in the former school building below the street a few years ago. The development of tourism on Methana will show whether it will be reactivated.

Photos

The village Megalochori 1986. (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Megalochori 1986. (c) Tobias Schorr
The Papadi Church and Periklis Kolias, the former Village chief. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016
The Papadi Church and Periklis Kolias, the former Village chief. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016
The village Megalochori. (c) Tobias Schorr
The village Megalochori. (c) Tobias Schorr
The Byzantine chapel Panagitsa from the 12th century is located above Megalochori in a valley. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016
The Byzantine chapel Panagitsa from the 12th century is located above Megalochori in a valley. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016
One of the friendly residents from Megalochori. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
One of the friendly residents from Megalochori. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
A historical photo of Mr. and Mrs. Betsis cleaning the almonds. For a long time they had a small mini market in the village. (c) Tobias Schorr 1994
A historical photo of Mr. and Mrs. Betsis cleaning the almonds. For a long time they had a small mini market in the village. (c) Tobias Schorr 1994