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Introducing Pothia

Crouching below brooding mountains, Pothia is rich with Greek vignettes: nut-brown fishermen mending nets, veteran divers with fantastically photogenic faces nursing retsinas between gazing nostalgically out to sea; and young islanders blithely marking time in the garland of wharf-side kafenia. And while Pothia's whitewashed alleys might seem little different from other towns, what makes it special is its past as Greeceā€™s sponge diving capital; imagine the feats of bravery undertaken by these people time and again at the bottom of the sea, to feed their families.