Livadia: One of the most beautiful Cretan villages

Article from Eirini Xnari

Livadia is a mountain village of Crete in the Peripheral Unit of Rethymno.

Livadia is located on the border with the Regional Unit of Heraklion, 30 km A.-NA. from Rethymno and 42 km W.-NW. from Heraklion and at an altitude of 640 meters at the foot of Psiloritis. According to the 2011 census as a community has a population of 1,739, while as a settlement 1,481. It is one of the largest pastoral villages of Mylopotamos, while there is production of olive oil and until the 1980s household weavers.

The village of Livadia was founded during the Venetian occupation in the 13th century. The Turks never managed to settle in the village, but made many raids. In fact, in some of them, the inhabitants managed to kill all the Turks! We know from oral testimonies that, “then a pasha came with a large army, burned the village, but without being able to exterminate the rebels, since the previous night they had escaped to the surrounding mountain peaks“.

The onset of bad weather called “Hope” passed through the mountains of Psiloritis and in addition to the difficulties it brought to livestock, the movement of residents of the Municipality of Mylopotamos, the closure of schools and so many other problems nationwide, gives us beautiful winter images cities and villages.

The photos traveled online and arrived safely at our newspaper office. We warmly thank the budding photojournalists, who are: Tonia Kornilaki, Sofia Chrysou, Rafaela Hnari and Antonia Foundoulaki.

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