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Volax is a medieval village built on a small plateau in the middle of Tinos island, at an altitude of 284m (930ft), surrounded by large spherical granite rocks of plutonic origin. These rocks are 20 million years old, scattered on a large area of 23 square km (9 square ml), of a triangular shape defined by locations Exombourgo, Livada and Kakia Skala.

For centuries it has been one of the most isolated villages of the island, due to the inaccessibility of the area, although it seems that during the 15th century the village had a whole different dynamic: The income of the parish those years rose to a significantly large amount compared to the other villages. A surviving marble coat-of-arms of the Valier House –a well known patrician house of Venice–  shows that during the period when Venetians occupied the whole island, Volax had been home to nobles as well.

In our days, many people visit the village, both tourists and naturalists. During the Easter period climbers from all over the world gather for rock climbing and bouldering, while in springtime teams of Paintball fans show up, using the landscape as a theater of operations. During the whole year people come walking on the old trails, magnetized by the unique landscape –an ideal place for countless photos.

The small folklore museum of the village, open from March 25th till October 28th, hosts memories and artifacts of the everyday life of people from a previous era. An elegant open-air theater of 400 seats hosts dozens of cultural events throughout the summer period.

Volax is celebrating on September 8th each year. That day locals are inviting friends and acquaintances to celebrate the Birth of the Virgin –name of the parish of the village. The famous feast of Kalaman is held on the first Thursday after Easter each year. There, the “Maranda” is celebrated with spit lamb, plenty of wine and traditional music.

Two restaurants are located in the village: “Volax” (tel. 22830-41021) and “Rockos” (tel. 22830-41989), where traditional products of their own cultivation are being served, while in the morning and evening hours they function as Cafe as well. In four small workshops you'll find hand-made baskets, local products such as raki, caper, herbs, dried figs and traditional artworks.

Those interested in more information may visit the village's website in the internet or buy some of the books referring to the village, its nature, art and history. The most important thing though, is paying a visit to this blessed place.

Vidos Jacques

 

"This tiny village is located in the interior of the island, set on a plateau surrounded by rocks and enormous boulders. It is one of the most interesting villages to explore, as its architecture is unique on the island. Many of its houses are actually built on top of the boulders! Though tiny in size, the village has two tavernas, a gift shop, a folklore museum, a small stone open-air theater and a few remaining basket weavers still making their sturdy country baskets. Also interesting to view is the tiny village church next door to the folklore museum. It is exactly what you would expect a village church to look like!"

Google Earth Hacks, 16.3.2006

"Volax, a rather remote hamlet high in the Kakaria range, is a pleasant, yet quite ordinary settlement except for the peculiar geology of its surroundings. A typical Tiniote hamlet built around a large church, it rests in a gorge that looks as if it has been pelted with boulders. Large, almost perfectly round grey rocks dot the plateau and slopes around Volax, creating a quite stunning sight and unique geological phenomenon".

Andros, Tinos & Syros - Yasou Pocket guides to Greece, 2002
p.61 written by Diane Shugart
official licenced product Athens 2004 Olympic Games

 

Discover Greece
"Volax, Tinos: This (photo) gigantic rock-strewn expanse nestled in the heart of Tinos may look like a lunar, alien landscape, but locals offer a much more reasonable explanation. They claim Volax was once the sea floor, and scientists assert these rocks are actually fossils that date from Miocene Epoch (15-20 million years ago)."

2board - The official Athens Airport Magazine
p.16, issue 15, Oct-Dec 2011

 

"Volax or Volakas is a little picturesque village on the island of Tinos, in the Cyclades, Greece. The population was 51 at the 2011 census. Its unique surrounding of big round rocks gives the whole landscape a lunar appearance. It was established in the 14th-century or older. It lies on a little plateau in the centre of Tinos in an average altimeter of 284m above sea level. It rests in a gorge that looks as if it has been pelted with boulders. Large almost perfectly round grey rocks dot the plateau and slopes around Volax, creating a quite stunning sight and unique geological phenomenon. The big round rocks of plutonic origin that encircle it, create an appearance that seduces the tourists with its peculiarity. Don’t be surprised if you see television crew somewhere near it.

Many of people houses are built above these rocks and near each other according the rules of the traditional Cycladic architecture. It has always been a home of basket knitters. Among the oldest villages of the island, was officially registered under the name Volacus in the 1618 State documents of the former Venice administration. Today it is a tourists’ destination. In Easter period athletes from all over the world gather to exercise in the rocks (bouldering). In the spring also, it is a lovely destination for many paintball sport teams. But essentially, it is and it has always been a place where groups of travelers come to discover its old paths and unique morphology.

A part of its alternative places to see are also a small Folklore Museum which is opened to the crowd during the summer period and a 380-seat amphitheatre where many musical and theatrical performances take place. Volax celebrates twice a year: 1) in Easter time when a local festival takes place in the nearby chapel of “Panagia Kalaman” and 2) in the 8th of September where the village praises and honors Blessed Virgin Mary’s birth".

en.wikipedia.or

 

"In the heart of Tinos at an altitude of 280 metres lies Volax, the most picturesque village of Tinos. It is 2 Kilometres from Falatado, Koumaro, Skalado, Sklavohori, Agapi and 3 from Exombourgo. Situated on a small plateau, it is surrounded by huge round rocks as high as ten metres. These rocks are placed one on top of another as if they were eggs, forming here huge terraces, there images of animals or birds, depending on where you look at them from.

They are of granite of bad quality so the images change with the time. As to the origin of the rocks there are three views:
a. They come from a comet that fell on the earth.
b. They are rocks once under the sea but corroded and revealed later.
c. They come from an old volcano whose crater 2 kilometres east of the village at "Peramata". The rocks were broken and used by the people of Volax for the building of their houses, many of which were erected in the 18th century. The village has only 25 inhabitants but this number increases in summer. Volax is known for its baskets which are the best in Greece.

500 metres out of the village is the little church of Panagia of Kalaman. It is splendidly celebrated on the first Thursday after Easter with folk music and dancing. According to a legend, people from the villages around took refuge in the church while persecuted by the Turks. They were all rescued with the help of Virgin Mary who hid the church amid canes and trees. From Volax one can go for walk as far as the mountain Petriado, Pahia Ammo or Kammeni Plaka".

Από τουριστικό οδηγό για την Τήνο, που έγραψε το 1964 ο Στυλιανός Λαγουρός, με αρκετές όμως ελλείψεις. Στην 4η αναθεωρημένη έκδοση του 1983, τα κείμενα για τα χωριά του νησιού ξαναδουλεύτηκαν από την αρχή, ενώ υπήρξε και ξενόγλωσση έκδοση στην αγγλική γλώσσα. Σε αυτή την έκδοση έγινε μια πρώτη προσπάθεια να εξηγηθεί το ιδιόμορφον του τοπίου με τρεις βασικές θεωρίες. Αυτές τις θεωρίες που έφεραν τους πρώτους ξένους τουρίστες στο χωριό, πριν από 30 χρόνια, σας μεταφέραμε στο παραπάνω κείμενο...

 

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