The Doors of Aroniadika in Kythira, Greece

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The strong pop of color from the blue door and fuchsia bougainvillea brighten the entrance to a narrow lane that passes through the old section of the village.

The island of Kythira has a low-key rural vibe that has drawn us back to the island again and again over the years. While we gravitate to the seaside villages and beaches, we can’t help but also explore the inland villages filled with rustic charm. At times our curious nature for exploring the small villages has gotten us into sticky situations.

When in Kythira this past September, we were on a quest to find what we call our “goat village,” a place where years ago we had an almost disastrous encounter with a herd of goats. You can read about our crazy experience in an earlier post, A quest to find our “goat village” in Kythira, Greece. One of the villages we explored in the quest to find our “goat village” was the mid-sized village of Aroniadika.

Located near the center of the island, Aroniadika is known for its traditional houses and honey production. The village has narrow alleys, a mix of restored buildings and ruins, arched passages, and centuries-old walls and trees. Learning our lesson after our past encounter with goats in the village of Aloizianika, we parked our car outside of town and explored Aroniadika on foot. Please enjoy a few photos of buildings and doors from our walking tour of this village founded in the early 1500s.

 

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Built in 1889.

 

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A narrow alley passes through the mostly abandoned side of the village.

 

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Built in 1888.

 

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The bright whitewashed Kamares Apartments enlivens the lane of old abandoned stone buildings.

 

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This time-worn blue door is on its way to the developing the dull patina  of the wooden shutter.

 

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Where did the doors and windows of this skeleton of a building go, or were they never installed?

 

This post was inspired by Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature sponsored by Norm Frampton allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite doors from around the world. 

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    These are awesome! That first one is so beautiful…I could see myself handing out and relaxing there for a nice long spell. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. I love all these doors, but that first one is a spectacular combination of beautiful blue door and stunning flowers!!

    janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. I love that one too.

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  3. Inger says:

    How beautiful, love the combination of the white walls and the blue doors:)

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  4. Bright colorful doors plus lush plants = winning choices. 🙂

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  5. Roxy says:

    Love your pictures! I was in Kythira for a few days and I totally remember seeing goats inland!

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