PLACES TO SEE IN DIAFANI
from the Diafani A to Z list of the website WELCOME TO DIAFANI (www.diafani.com)
Here is a small selection of the interesting things you can see as you walk around Diafani with references to our Diafani A to Z list for further information and more photos :
1 ) THE MAIN CHURCH OF DIAFANI
with its breathtaking interior of mural icons
(see : Churches and Chapels + Church Mass in Diafani + Photos)
2 ) THE NEW FOUNTAIN IN DIAFANI
with tiled surround depicting scenes from the traditional daily life of this mainly agricultural community.
(see : Photos)
3 ) THE WALL STATUES IN DIAFANI
depicting the local woman left behind while her husband sailed away to make the family's fortune
(see : Greeks abroad + Photos)
4 ) THE OUTDOOR STONE OVENS
each one belongs to a family and on certain days you will see the trays of bread and local koulouri bread rolls being taken to the oven for baking
(see : Produce, Local Diafani + Photos)
5 ) THE LOCAL SCHOOL OF DIAFANI
a typical one class rural school decorated outside with extraordinary plaques depicting ancient and modern scenes
(see : Education and Schooling in Diafani + Photos)
6 ) THE WINDMILLS OF DIAFANI
mainly still unrestored but you will get a superb view from here of the village and northern coastline
(see : Photos)
7 ) THE OLD PORT, THE SMALL STONE JETTY OF DIAFANI
in the centre of the village where you can see the daily comings and goings of small "varka" and ka´ki fishing boats and the arrival of the two daily excursion boats which bring tourists up for the day from the capital in the south, to visit the unique hilltop village of Olymbos
(see : Fish and Fishing in Diafani + Tourists Boats Karpathos-Diafani + Photos)
8 ) THE NEW PORT OF DIAFANI
where, in spite of modernisation, there still lingers the excitement and drama of loved ones arriving or leaving the village.
(see : New port in Diafani + Greeks abroad + Photos)
9 ) THE SECOND CHURCH OF DIAFANI AND THE LOCAL CEMETERY
situated on the hillside near the windmills
(see : Churches and Chapels + Cemetery in Diafani + Photos)
10) THE HEADLAND AND LIGHTHOUSE BEAM
this headland is believed to be an ancient site but the Greek authorities are not able to excavate all the likely sites in Greece. You will get a superb view from here of the coastline and the olive groves and wheat fields.
At harvest time you will see the wheat being beaten in the traditional way in the round stone circles you will notice scattered about the countryside
(see : Archaeology + Produce, local Diafani + Photos)
11) THE TRADITIONAL KARPATHIAN INTERIOR
if you are lucky enough to be invited into somebody's home or as you walk about the village you may get glimpses of the incredible decorated rooms of the local houses.
(see : Architecture, local Diafani + Photos)
12) THE TRADITIONAL WOMEN AT WORK
as you walk about the village of Diafani you will see the local women crocheting or sewing elaborate designs of flowers and birds in the traditional cross-stitch for their, or their daughter's, dowry linen.
On certain days you will see the local women carrying trays of bread, pies and Biscuits to and back from the outdoor stone ovens.
Depending on the season you may also see the women drying and preparing fleece for their looms. Many local women also still weave the material for their own local costume.
As you walk about the countryside you will also see the women tending their animals and working in the fields and olive groves.
(see : Work for local men + Traditions and Customs + Bibliography + Photos)