A “katikia” is a traditional farmhouse in the fields of Paros Island. It provided
shelter and hearth to a family and its domesticated animals during various
agricultural seasons. A katikia traditionally consisted of various different
structures and spaces: indoors, a large wood-burning oven, a kitchen and a
bedroom; outdoors, a threshing floor (aloni), a stone grape-pressing basin
(patitiri), storehouses, cellars, a well, and the surroundings vineyards and
The katikia was used as the family’s living quarters, for baking bread, making
wine and cheese, and for the cultivation of wheat and vegetables.
Pandelis Zoumis’s “Katikia” is one of very few that remain on the island of Paros. He
has lovingly preserved it exactly as it was more than 100 years ago, with all its original
elements intact and still fully functional.
Pandelis is an environmentally conscious organic farmer, a wine maker, an artisan
blacksmith, and an amateur folk musician. He enjoys showing and sharing his little piece
of paradise with visitors looking to experience an authentic and graceful way of life from
bygone years and an exceptional feeling of peace and tranquility.
Sited on the highlands of Paros, just outside of the village of Kostos, Pandelis’s Katikia
is a bridge from the present to the past. Here, visitors can get a glimpse of life as it used
to be, wander around, browse the blacksmith workshop and ironworks, relax under the
shade of the old fig tree, listen to cicadas, taste organic wine and other fresh delicacies,
and connect with the earth and nature of Paros.
Katikia is an intimate place that Pandelis has embraced and preserved with care and
craftsmanship. It attracts nature-lovers, inspiration-seekers and exploratory travelers in
search of history, traditional culture and authentic flavors. If you’re looking for the kind
of simplicity and charm one sees in postcards but rarely finds in real life, this is a place
and experience you’ll love.
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