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Volax in Tinos

Volax, or Volakas, is one of Tinos' most interesting villages. The village lies about 12 kilometres north of Tinos town.

The landscape around Volax differ from other parts of the island. Giant boulders are thrown at random all around. It is as if a giant played marbles and then got tired of it and just went away.

 

Cozy Volax in Tinos.

Cozy Volax in Tinos.

 

 

There are several theories about how the boulders ended up right here. Unfortunately some giant do not exist in theory. One theory is that the boulders fell around Volax after the major volcanic eruption on Santorini in 1650 BC. Another theory is that the boulders in fact are meteorites. A villager of Volax told me that it have been made geological investigations of the boulders and the result shows that they are remnants of a meteor swarm.

 

Basket-makers shop in Volax. Tinos.

Basket-makers shop in Volax.


The same type of boulders - with the same geological composition - are also in Thessaloniki and in a village in Mexico. True or not, it is a strange sight. By the way, I have seen similar boulders on both Ikaria and Mykonos.

 

Tavernas in Volax. Tinos.

Tavernas in Volax.

 

Volax was renowned for its hand-made baskets for many years. Would you buy a basket, it was a basket from Volax you should buy. Not many people use these baskets today. But if you need a new picnic basket in old style, you should buy it in Volax.

The village itself is small and it does not take many minutes to walk through it. Many of the houses are built on top of boulders. Although it is a small village there are two tavernas, a folk museum, an outdoor theatre and some basket-makers shops.


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