Long famous for its monastery and Byzantine museum, Kalopanayiotis is today gaining renown as an agrotourism trailblazer. Established by a wealthy former resident, the massive Casale Panayiotis project has transformed the historic core of this small mountain village, turning almost 45 traditional dwellings into tasteful accommodation. A luxury spa based around Kalopanayiotis’ natural sulphur springs, two top-tier restaurants and a sophisticated wine bar have further enhanced the village’s agro-appeal.
The project has been a boon for residents: before Casale Panayiotis came along, the school had closed and most young people fled the village in favour of the coast or bigger cities. It remains to be seen whether this template for regenerating flagging villages will be repeated elsewhere in the region.