Abandoned Villages - Melandra

Published 6th of June, 2017

We first stumbled upon Melandra last Autumn. We were trying to find an interesting route from Pano Panagia to Polis, and having visited a number of isolated villages, decided to venture off-road. The countryside at the time was very brown and arid. So when we revisited the village this May, we hardly recognised the place.

Spring Has Sprung!

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Yes, that's right. Melandra is now yellow and green. Though by the time you are reading this, it is probably green and purple, or green and brown. I should point out from the start that an easier route to Melandra can be found if you come from the Lysos direction. But we were in our Pajero, so we went the fun way! To view a map of the area look in our directory.

The Ubiquitous Water Feature

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An abandoned village wouldn't be an abandoned village without it's circa WW2 water outlet, courtesy of HM.

Some Ruins

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The first proper ruins soon presented themselves to us.

An Interesting Sign

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Now this sign is quite interesting. However, it is at odds to information I found on the PRIO Database, which makes no mention of Greek inhabitants. I have no idea who put the sign up, but there are a number of them throughout the area.

Ornate Window

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This window must have looked lovely at one point.

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