To the most northern part of Syros, we meet Apano Meria, an area of splendid natural beauty with dry walls, roads and footpaths. Its few inhabitants live harmoniously with nature.
Small dotted settlements between rocks and sky bonded with the Aegean Sea enthral the visitors.
From the high steep rocks, the breathtaking northern beaches of the island are each a small paradise maintaining their beauty intact since they are accessible only by steep footpaths or by sea by a motor ship which does daily trips (in summer) starting from Kini bay. Varvaroussa and Aetos, Lia, Marmari, Grammata, Kleisoura and other places, also contribute to this beauty and challenge us to discover their secrets.
Especially in Grammata, the inscriptions on the cliffs are evidence of thank giving by sailors to Saviour God who led them to the bay and saved them from the rough sea.
The area is dotted with country churches, whose festivals are all in summer.
The Aegean Civilisation was born here, in Apano Meria. The plateau of Chalandriani and its neighbouring rise, Kastri, are places of legends and traditions. The remaining ruins are of a cemetery and of two settlements of the early copper era. The excavations by the archaeologist Christos Tsountas, brought to light numerous artefacts of the Cycladic Civilisation of the 3rd millennium B.C. City walls of that period, pots and ammunition as well as the famous statuettes, most of which depict expectant women, were excavated at Kastri.
In Sa Michalis settlement, there used to be an ancient town called ‘Elliniko’ with an ancient well (of prehistoric times) which bears the name of that town. The well is preserved until today.
Behind Richopos settlement, we see the cave of the philosopher Ferekydes, Pythagoras’s teacher.