Koukouvagia: A Hidden Stone Fortress

Amidst the island’s mountainous terrain, lay three stone cottages tightly nestled in the crest of Koukouvagia. The small set of structures resemble a prehistoric settlement, preserved in time and untouched by modernity, as they lie camouflaged in the mountain.

Photo: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/ichatziioanou

Koukouvagia captures Kea‘s rural beauty in a nutshell, opening the door to new alternative forms of tourism on the island.

This is where I have spent all my summers for the past 22 years. It’s a place where an engineer has built an autonomous, sustainable ecosystem while an artist has harmonized primitive structure with contemporary design. With solar-powered electricity and a rainwater reserve, this is a little village isolated from civilization, yet self-sufficient.

It’s a place where all you can hear is the humming of the secoyas and the occasional rustle of leaves. Where all you can see is the earthy terrain below, enveloped by the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. Where you feel the smooth rays of the sun on your skin, warming your body and soul.

View from Koukouvagia (Summer) Photo: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/ichatziioanou

–  Solitude and Serenity  –

View from Koukouvagia (Spring) Photo: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/ichatziioanou

Photo: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/ichatziioanou

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