About the Town of AnogiasIt is always true that the less touristy and visited places are the ones where one can see the most culture and feel the local atmosphere. It is worth it to visit Anogia, the town of weavers. Beyond the typical look that includes narrow alleyways and white houses with blue doorways, the town of Anogia is a traditional center for colorful weaving, which is offered for sale at almost every home.
In this town you will be able to see weaving, tailors and artists creating carpets and fabrics which are completely authentic to the town. At almost every corner there is a weaving workshop, with a bent over weaver that will happily show you their work, all hand made.
More than cloths and the weaving, Anogia is a great place to escape the summer heat and find some cool places to hide from the Greek summer. The old Greece was somehow managed to maintain here. If you sit at a taverna or at a cafe, you will immediately understand what we mean.
As with many towns on the island, in Greece and across the globe, in this traditional town many of the young people have left. There are almost no young families and most of Anogia's residents are older citizens. Among these, the men are often dressed in traditional clothes and can be found in the town's squares, usually shaded under various trees like plum, fig or strawberry trees.
Anogia's TraumaAnogia's today looks quiet and serene, so much so it is hard to believe that the residents here have endures suffering and evil, or cruelty of an occupying army. But once, in the past, this town was the center of a particularly cruel attach, that left deep marks. This cruelty was unusual even in terms of history and occupiers of Crete.
This happened during World War II, when a large majority of the town's youth helped British intelligence with information and espionage, against the Germany army that conquered the island.
The Nazis, when the cooperation with this group of locals with the British was exposed, responded in a mean and evil manner. The German soldiers burned the streets and killed at gun point all the men of the town. This is how the town was left burnt, with widows and father-less children.