Givari

The fish farms were familiar to the wider area. In particular the costal region is called ‘Givari’, which comes from the Latin ‘vivarium’ (=fish farm), while there were testimonies that during the Byzantine years as well, a fish farm existed there.

There is a natural spring in Givari, which gushed a stream of water even in aridity, but now Lagada is supplied with water. In this area, the locals made their excursions particularly on May Day, while they carried their clothes by their boats in order to wash them. It was the camping centre of the ship scouts and the cemetery of the locals’ boats. The last hull that was buried in the area was ‘Zoris’ of Giannopapa Brothers.

Givari is a water area and in the winter the visitors can see widgeons. The waters are very shallow and before the creation of the fish farms the locals used to walk many metres further than the ‘miti tis barkaristras’, a natural slack by stone.

In the sea, there are long shells that the locals call ‘prosfirous’. Particularly interesting is the way they collect them. They walk in the shallow waters and search with their feet for shells that are hidden in the sand.

Generally, pieces of urns have been found in this area, but mainly near the islet of Agios Stefanos. At the bottom of the sea the urns have become one piece and it is a very good spectacle for those who like skin-diving.

If you are lucky and you find an amateur fisherman, you can go boating and see the ‘Tourkika grammata’(Turkish letters), as the locals call them. They are vertical stones which have carvings of Arabic letters and a boat. You can find them when passing from the lighthouse on your way to Delphini in about five minutes by boat-before you enter Givari.

Both Givari, as well as Kydianta, are the par excellence places where the locals spit the lamb at Easter.

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