Fotakado


This is one of the mountainous villages of the Municipality of _Platanias built, at an altitude of 300 m, in the form of a semi-circle overlooking the Tavronitis Valley. It is a village whose people cultivate their land producing excellent olive oil and top quality chestnuts. They also breed sheep and goats, they cultivate vineyards and keep bees .
The village is large in range but consists of many small settlements. The village can be accessed either from Voukolies(from Kefala) or from the country road leading from Voukolies to Kakopetros and on to Palia Roumata, at the top of the hill just before going downwards to the village of Palia Roumata. The whole village is a real paradise for nature lovers-especially the walk from Kefala(Voukolies)to Fotakado and Palia Roumata right along the river is truly magnificent. The panoramic view of the Tavronitis valley as seen from Fotakado is equally majestic.
There are many equally attractive locations worth a visit:

  • The main road leading to the village has 2.5 kms of stone wall which is quite tall and dates back to the 1920’s and the years when Eleftherios Venizelos was the Prime Minister of Greece.
  • The “footprint of the hero Digenis Akritas” (a soldier of super human dimensions and qualities). Legend has it that , when Digenis wanted to drink water from the river, he put one foot down at this point (where the ground is bare ever since and nothing ever sprouts) and he put down the other foot on the hill opposite where the chapel of Agios Elisseos is .
  • The chapel of St Elisseos itself was built from the rocks of a Turkish tower after the Cretans defeated the Turks in nearby Dromonero .
  • The old Primary School with the sun dial clock.
  • The village fountains
  • Many monumental churches and chapels dating back to the Turkish Domination of the island .
The religious feasts held all year round are also notable. Such are the ones held on the 26th October in honour of Agios Demetrios and the main church of the village, on the 3rd November –the name day of St. George, and the 17th January –the name day of St. Anthony.