If you’re a regular reader of our blog, Thassosing with Seka & Jessie, you probably read about our picnic to Giola.
Since we visited in the morning, we had plenty of time for a coffee on our way back. We agreed to drop by one of my favoured villages, Kazaviti.
If you’re coming from Potos, at Prinos you have a right turn into the mountain, while coming from Limenas, you turn left, toward picturesque villages of Micro Kazaviti and Megalo Kazaviti.
They’re a must-see because of their phenomenal view and traditionally-built houses. The climate is good and it’s only a 15-minute drive to the sea.
Unlike Theologos and Panagia, Kazaviti is at its most beautiful in the morning or at lunchtime, if you’re in the mood to eat in one of the tavernas offering a menu that includes lamb, pork, chicken and kid o the spit, along with other local and Greek delicacies.
There are no souvenir shops typical of other villages. It is utterly tranquil. Only at mealtime, you can hear the cling of the cutlery and the clamour of people enjoying their food and drinks.
There are two taverns on the main square, their shared terrace nested under a huge, ancient plane tree. The tree is a special attraction – its trunk is split and a person can easily walk into it.
It is fun to visit the remains of the old school, church and mansion, and five kilometres into the mountain from Kazaviti is the St. Panteleimon monastery.
It is believed that it was built in 1843, out of stone from the mountain and with a gravel-covered wooden roof. Near the monastery, there is a cave in which, according to legend, St. Panteleimon died.
In 1987 The temple was converted into a monastery and on July 27 each year the St. Panteleimon Day is celebrated.
Do drop by and enjoy this magical village. You’ll return just like we did, content and smile.