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AEGEAN ISLANDS

Livadi

Livadi is the southernmost settlement of the island, but is also the name of the closest beach.  Until 1936 the place was barren and inhospitable. During Metaxas dictatorship it started welcoming the first arrivals of political exiles, such as Kleon Papaloizos and his companions. For the displaced people not to starve to death, they started to disafforest the land and plant seed. After desperate drillings they accidentally found plenty of fresh water at a depth of 15m. Some prisoners who had graduated from the School of Agriculture they taught others and all together managed to make the plain, which was protected from the north winds, bear fruit. Indeed, they did it so well with those makeshift farms that in a while they began to supply with vegetables and meat not only the locals but also the substation of the Gendarmerie that guarded them! Therefore, in 1941 that the island was conquered by the Nazis, they could not be distinguished from the rest farmers of the area and most of them managed to escape.  

The neat vegetable gardens, the orchards, the barley fields, the orange groves and the vineyards that dominate the scenery even today keep those stone years far deep in the past.  

 

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 After the civil war Livadi became again a mandatory “holiday resort” for dissidents including the last famous ones in 1969, the late politicians L. Veryvakis and I. Alevras.  

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