Ahladia Village

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Ahladia (also called as Achladia), is a fertile and historic village on the road from Sitia to Stavrochori, 9km away from Sitia. At Platiskinos there is a significant ornate tomb of the Post-Minoan era with a round chamber of 4 m height and diameter, as well as a door at the back so that the dead can “communicate with the world of the living”, excavated in 1939 by Nikolaos Platon.

Three sarcophaguses and various pots were found there. At Riza, a big and elaborate rural mansion of the Mid-Minoan era with 12 rooms, a “reception hall” and many finds that indicate a rich owner, was excavated by the same archaeologist in 1959. In the green valley near Achladia, is the deserted settlement of “Kimourgiotis” with traditional buildings and the ancient spring of “Lapsanari”. Old small mansions have been maintained in the village.

In the area of Achladia, lime is produced by the traditional method of lime-kilns, many of which are maintained here. In Achladia, at the place “Plativola”, one of the largest wind parks in Europe has recently been built, with 60 wind-generators, and is visited by many tourists every year. The people of Achladia greatly contributed to the freedom struggle against the Turks and Achladia was the seat of the Revolution Committee of Therissos (1905).

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