Welcome to Apiranthos
Apiranthos seems to grow out of the stony flanks of rugged Mt Fanari (883m), about 25km east of Hora (or 10 winding kilometres from Halki). The village’s unadorned stone houses and marble-paved streets reflect a rugged individualism that is matched by the villagers themselves. Many of them are descendants of refugees who migrated from Crete, and today the village’s distinctive form of the Greek language has echoes of the ‘Great Island’. Apiranthos people have always been noted for their spirited politics and populism, and the village has produced a remarkable number of academics. These days, the village is peppered with quirky shops, galleries and cafes, and it’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon.