At one time Kalarrytes was rather quite famous, today the ancient Greek village located in the Epirus region of Greece is home to 15 households – that’s not a typo!
Kalarrytes sites on the edge of a cliff on the western slopes of the Pindos Mountain Range above the Kalarrytikos Gorge.
In its heyday it was famous for its silver and goldsmiths, and was one of the major sites of silversmiths of the entire Balkans! Today, in a way the legend still lives on – its most famous resident is Sotirios Voulgaris, the founder of BVLGARI, a world-famous jewellery and luxury goods company!
Despite being remotely located in Epirus, its location is quite strategic, as it connects Thessaly with Epirus and the Ioanian Sea, which perhaps provides a clue as to why the region was inhabited as early as 10 AD.
What I really found unique about Kalarrytes is that every home has a water fountain. The water fountains serve a practical purpose in providing spring water to each household, but also a social function since they are often where social gatherings are held. Furthermore they represent the identity of the residents and serve as orientation points. I find that last point quite comical, since the village is SO small, even I couldn’t get lost!
Given the importance of fountains, each one naturally has a name. So how do you name a fountain? You consider its position, name it after a local tradition or the name of the donor.
So what’s it really like to live in such a small remote village? I was hoping to ask a resident and find out…but unfortunately I didn’t see a single person. Not one!
But I can tell you that there are a wide range of outdoor activities you can do nearby, including an 18km circular hike from Kalarrytes to Syrrako, a neighbouring village across the Chrousia’s Ravine. And there’s so much you can do and see in Epirus! Take a look and you’ll see why I fell in love with Kalarrytes and recommend a visit:
Tips for Visiting The Ancient Greek Village of Kalarrytes
- You will need a car, as there is no public transportation.
- If you’re just visiting the village itself, an hour is long enough to walk around and explore, but the area is so beautiful it makes sense to spend more time there. If I went back I would do the hike to the village of Syrrako, mentioned above.
- There is one cafe there, but it was closed when I was there.
- There is no place to stay…unless you are lucky enough to meet a local who offers you a place to stay.
- Can’t get enough of Greek villages? Then check out Global Grasshopper’s list of Greek villages to visit.