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 cultivated fields.
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.
Traditional Greek Orthodox Easter on Paros Island
Every Spring Paros island is blossoming with flowers and aromatic herbs that are sensational. Nature is quickly and wildly awacking and who has the chance to witness this, remains astonished by the beauty. Few tourists, usually very good weather, the ones who are more brave can also take a swimm... Paros during this time of year is nice for walks because the temperatures are still cool. There are many Easter traditions for guests to participate.