Festival at Panagia Kalaman, Volakas village, Tinos Island
Volakas or else known as Volax is a medieval Catholic village. Built at an altitude of 284 meters, on a small plateau in the center of Tinos Island, it is surrounded by stones and huge granite monoliths. The “lunar” landscape of the village is unique. The origin of the rocks preoccupied both the imagination of the inhabitants and the science. Regardless of how these massive, rounded, often zoomorphic grandiose rocks were created, they are sure to offer an impressive and imposing spectacle that you have never seen before.
During the Easter period, climbers from all over the world gather to make bouldering (climbing without a rope) on these rocks.
Between these granite volumes, a verdurous settlement with narrow alleys, bougainvilleas, and flowers has been built. The village is renowned for the art of basketry and visitors have the opportunity to witness the craftsmen at work.
On Easter Thursday, there is a great Catholic festival at “Panagia Kalaman”, and the “maranda” is celebrated with lambs on the spit and wine. The preparations culminate the night before with the traditional dinner. Early in the morning, they light the fire and everyone is getting ready so that everything will be on time, to celebrate the ‘maranda’ all together!
Tinos’s traditional dishes are artichokes cooked in various ways, sun-dried tomatoes with batter, the omelet or else known as ‘froutalia’ with sausages or ‘siglino’ the ‘savore’ with ‘petimezi’ (fried fish with grape-juice syrup sauce), pork sausages, the ‘saltsisi’, the ‘louza’ of Tinos. Designated cheeses are the “graviera” and the ‘kopanisti’. As for sweets, there are the ‘amigdalota’, the ‘xerotigana’, the ‘karidota’, the ‘pasteli’, the loukoumia, the different types of ‘halva’ and the thyme honey from Tinos that excels as well.