Geological Formations

Gria's Pies

Votiros and Gria’s Pies
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Near Agia Varvara, at position Plakota Harakia, we meet some very special rock formations, reminiscent of huge round pies or hamburgers. Indeed, the locals call them Gria’ (Old Woman’s) Pies or Cheeses. Next to it there is a very large vertical rock, Votiros, on top of which usually waves a Greek flag.

Indeed, the local imagination has created a beautiful story about the creation of these strange rocks: Once an old woman was herding her sheep here and on top of the large rock she was preparing the cheese. One year, on February, the old lady was fed up because the weather during February was extremely bad. Thus, on February 28 she shouted “February, you leave and things will be better now". But February then got angry and asked for one extra day, 29th. Indeed during that day the weather was so bad, that the old lady found shelter below the rock, where she died. The sheep were left free, while the cheeses transformed to rocks, scattered around.

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