"Gitonia tis Irinis" is an aesthetically unique spot, a small traditional housing complex where the first though of its creator was how to preserve the elements of early Cycladic homes and the local way of life.
The sense of serenity and quietude which they give the visitor are a result not only of the beautiful Cycladic landscape, but of their careful arrangement against it. Whichever one you choose to stay in, you will have a sense of absolute privacy - from the front patio of each small house you will have a view of the sea.
From anywhere in the complex, the visitor has a view of the sea. Across the gulf lies the holy island of Keros with its thousands of subtle colours which change throughout the day and which becomes other-wordly, magical, on moonlit nights. Every morning you can see Skopelitins, the old liner of the local islands, on its way to Naxos island, and every afternoon returning to Amorgos island. Outsite the compound walls the road leading to all the beautiful beaches of the island.
Simple and start decorative elements, evidence from another life : handmills, mulls, stone mills, reminders of the island of long ago, old tools and stones carved by the sea and the hands of men decorate a setting fillied with geraniums, thyme, bougain villas and sea liliea, all of the islands blossom is there embracing the walls and the bright whitewashed houses.
The Names of the Houses
Irene, Georgia Iliovgalma (Sunup), Apanemia (alee), Kapetanios (the Captain), Parthenes (the Virgins), Manoleas, are some the house names each onewith a history and its name carved on a piece of cedar tree. This is the way in which Antonis Mavros wanted to honour people dear to him and give another feel, a more human and friendlier tone to the peaceful houses.
The house interiors
The decoration in each house is very simple, with just the necessary furnishing and a discreet island feel - all have a small kitchenette for those who wish to cook some simple meals.
None of the roofs is covered by a solar heater - the needs for hot water are covered by electric water heaters.
The wall are think and there are many windows - this coupled with the excellent ventilation makes to small houses so cool that air-conditioning is entirely unnecessary. Following the lines of local architecture, all the ceilings are made of reeds covered by thick planks of fides and other trees found in the Cyclades islands.
29 August 2010
"ΠΡΩΤΟ ΘΕΜΑ. (Newspapper)
Κυριακή 29 Αυγούστου 2010
Τουριστικό πανόραμα Αυγούστου Στο Πάνω Κουφονήσι "η γειτονιά του Αντώνη" αποτελεί τόν εκ των ων ουκ άνευ προορισμό για τους
happy few "
Sunday 29 August 2010
by Christos Zabounis
Tourist panorama August at Pano Koufonisi "the neibourhood of Antoni" is a destination for a happy few