Built at an altitude of 100 metres and framed by olive trees, the traditional settlement of Argyrades is in the southern part of the island.
The origin of the name of the settlement
The name seems to have originated from the family of Argyros or Argyropoulos who owned many properties in Greece. Possibly the area was given to them under the institutional system of serfdom that existed in the Byzantine state, i.e. the exploitation of certain areas by noble families.
The fortification tactics, the Castles and the location of the Argyrades
Argyrades is a settlement with a rich history; over the years it was raided by pirates, such as the notorious Hairedin Varvarosa, and later the Turks did not leave it unscathed.
Even the location of the settlement between three hills, (the Brigadiers, Ai Giannis and Vigla), attests to the tactical position of the fortification; the hills providing excellent lookout points from which to observe approaching, threatening ships.
The houses that one encounters during one’s visit to Argyrades bear testament to the history which is engraved on them.
Ancient castles, defensively built so as to protect the inhabitants and narrow roads for security, inter-leading, interior doors that were later converted into closets and basements or cellars with small windows with beveled or splayed-out inside spaces are evidence of the efforts of the inhabitants to fortify the area.
The manners and customs of the Argyrades
Argyrades is one of the areas of Corfu that stands out for the revival of customs and maintains many unchanged traditions.
The residents of the settlement and of the surrounding areas actively participate in the events, in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Argyrades, arranging theatrical performances, carnival events, concerts, choral productions and mandolin recitals plus much more.
The traditional custom of the area that takes place annually, during the Carnival period, is one of great importance called the custom of the Vlachs. This custom requires the two people who lead the carnival procession to perform an ancient, ritualistic dance called “dizziness” by holding the “tsantsaminia”, the first spring flowers, next to a wooden object that resembles an ancient spear.
Activities and the connection of the settlement with Agios Georgios Argyradon
The traditional settlement of Argyrades, apart from all the other elements that distinguish it, is more widely known and loved for its connection with the sandy beach of Agios Georgios Argyradon.
In the area there are all the necessary tourist infrastructures that one may need to enjoy the beach. There are various types of accommodation for those who wish to stay near this lovely beach as well as many restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from. Regardless of one’s preference all tastes are met.
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