Marlas

Leaving Pyrgos and moving NW to the main road of the island at about 5 km appears the village of Marla.

This traditional village, very well cared of with marble paths, for the most part, parallel to the main road.

It has small, perpendicular trails with steps and small courtyards.

The traditional character is evident in the architectural traditional elements.

The village disposes of water supply and sanitation.

It has several dilapidated houses but many of them are in very good condition.

Most buildings have remarkable structural or architectural features.

Very close there is the monastery of Saint Xeni there is an archaeological site with the Byzantine church of Saint Thekla.

Of particular interest are the school building (1929) which houses a cultural centre, and the Church of Saints Anargyri (pre-1900), with its temple and shrine (1911-1916).

The village has a guesthouse and a cafe.

This settlement has a great view and is well cared for by the residents.

The Cultural Association is among the most remarkable ones of the island for events and initiatives that promote, culture, through tradition and art.

The club has a traditional café in the village square where you can enjoy a coffee or a drink with a view of the whole bay of Panormos.

If you continue from the central square and moving NW you enter the quarries area where for centuries the famous green marble was extracted.

The area is an excellent geological park in a breathtaking wild rocky landscape where schist rock formations eroded in to countless patterns creating the phenomenon taffonis, alternating with the unrivalled Cycladic landscape.

The same road then takes you to the beautiful coastal settlements Koumela and Mali.

Mamados

Small mountain village with few inhabitants, built on a slope with NE orientation with a sea view in a breathtaking landscape.

The name probably comes from churches of Saint Mamas that existed in the region, who is the patron of transhumance (mainly sheep).

The buildings, in solid, ‘castle’ or ‘ fortress’- tomb- formations, follow the slope structure and retain their traditional character, thus becoming a very interesting architectural ensemble.

At the entrance of the village which has a narrow paved access road, a sort of square was formed later on , with the small church of the Transfiguration, which is used, mainly for celebrations.

It has an interesting urban pattern consisting of narrow trails (paths) paved with irregular slabs of marble forming a small plateau from where there is access to the settlement.

Former residents were mainly occupied in agriculture and animal husbandry as well as mining since the region had ancient mines in Ras.

In the region, on a road leading to the sea, there is a remarkable church of the Annunciation (17th century).

Platia

Lovely, extended settlement developed on a hillside.

It is accessible by a paved street which branches off from the main road west of Pyrgos leading to the quarries.

It has many great artists and the old village cemetery is remarkable as it contains graves with names of the latifundia community in Panormos, with inscriptions of the 18th century.

It features a traditional urban pattern with marble-paths, and with sharp steps due to the steep slopy land.

Its’ houses have traditional structural and decorative elements. (domed rooms with slabs, marble lintels with traditional lacy features, original chimneys, etc).

Many of these houses are quasi-dilapidated, many of them are well kept, and several have been nicely renovated so that altogether, they form a very attractive set.

At the entrance of the village there is the church of Saint Eleftherios, with a marble courtyard where there is an Ecclesiastical Museum and an old marble altar.

Further down, there is a free sitting space with tables for outdoor gatherings and celebrations, full of trees and a beautiful environment.