Andros Dipotamata

Andros Dipotamata

Dipotamata in Andros island, is a river-basin of extreme natural beauty, with a length of about 7 kilometers, in the south-east side of the island, between Syneti, Paleokastro and Kochylou. Water these days is less, but even in drought times it doesn’t stop. The natural environment is unspoiled, since the traffic has stopped since the last 35 years. As a consequence the vegetation is very thick (oleanders, mulberry-trees, fig-trees, oak-trees, bushes, reeds, rushes, blackberries, mint, osiers, ivies). The whole area is a shelter for a variety of animals, such as weasels, badgers, hares, snakes and birds (partridges mainly).

The gorge is crossed by a wide slated cobbled road (the only road connecting Korthi with Chora till 1950). In the intersecting point with the river, there is an arch-shaped bridge and occasionally small fountains. There are also other narrow step-like paths connecting the other villages of the area with the fields and the water mills. In good condition there are also (apart from the paths, the stone-walls, the water-mills and their auxiliary constructions) sheep-cotes, stables, lodgings, barns, threshing floors and country churches. But the most important structures of the area are the water-mills.

The reason that in Dipotamata was built a large number of water-mills, was the particularly favourable conditions for establishing and operating them: plenty of running water, good access through the paths, protected environment, small distance from villages, etc. Today can be seen (in good condition, in ruins or in traces) 22 water-mills in all the gorge. Most of them are in very good shape. In a few of them there are neighbouring or adjacent auxiliary buildings, such as a room for the miller to spend the night, sheep-cote, stable or store room. Hydraulic works of big importance and extent for the time and its technological level were supplying and often netting the water-mills. In narrow places of the gorge there were dams, which were forming lakes, to collect water for watering purposes and the functioning of the water-mills. From there, canals were guiding the water in the millpond and eventually into the hole of the machinery of the mill. The remaining water and water coming out of the mill (having rotated its wheel) was guided to the canal of the next water-mill.

Hiking and Trekking in Andros

Andros hiking , Andros Trekking

At this blog Yannis and Caroline will try to show you how beautiful is hiking in Andros .Soon you will have more post with many information about hiking in Andros island!Andros hiking, trekking or walking is the best way to explore the island. Every day you can put a different destination. The walks are so many that you will visit Andros more than one time,if you want to make all the paths ! Andros island has a lot of green and waters , from any other Island in Cyclades !

Fabrika in Stenies-Andros

Fabrika was the bigger factory of production of pastas in the Balkans. In daily base it could process 36 tons wheat and produce the corresponding quantity of pastas. The factory from 1864 until 1923 functioned exclusively with the force of water, thanks to the bigger vertical watermill of Balkans. In 1923 and after a big period of drought, was particularly added also locomotive that functioned in step with the watermill. The factory closed in 1936 and in 1943 was destroyed by fire!

Pithara watersfalls in Andros

Hiking or trekking in Andros Pithara : The waterfall Pithara is found in distance of ten-minute walk from Apoikia .The path that leads to this, is smooth and drowned in the ivy and predisposes for that it follows! Her abundant waters run impetuously in to green all around landscape shaping waterfalls and lakes where the aquatic life abounds. Infrequent species of plants  sprout in all the  length of glen. From 1863 up to 1936 moves, little below in Stenies  village, the bigger watermill of Balkans, Fabrika!