V for Vlychada

Santorini Traveler - - EDITORIAL -

Vlychada

still re­mains one of the few pris­tine beaches of San­torini, lit­er­ally un­touched amidst hec­tic times by the vo­ra­cious de­vel­op­men­tal as­pi­ra­tions of real es­tate in­vestors. The beach, its sur­round­ings, as well the back­ground labyrinth of small gorges are unique for their im­pres­sive over­hang­ing cliffs and ravines that have been lit­er­ally chis­eled by the Aegean wind on the rough vol­canic earth.

The set­ting of this place is out of this earth, many say. And truly the land­scapes of Vlychada re­sem­ble ex­otic lands, ex­trater­res­trial, lu­nar or even sur­re­al­is­tic! The lack of a road par­al­lel to the shore­line has saved the place from tourist swarms and the usual kitsch tourist in­fra­struc­ture, and still, even dur­ing the peak of the high sea­son, only few visi­tors are loosely scat­tered on the black sands by the calm or an­gry sea. Alas, re­cently tak­ing into account that San­torini has be­come the “El­do­rado” of Greek Tourism, this un­equaled en­vi­ron­ment has now reached the verge of be­ing con­sumed by in­ter­ests, that some­times try to evade the law, or lie above it, ready to grasp the chance to ex­ploit and squeeze all the prof­its a place can pro­vide.

If this hap­pens it will be such a loss and the whole area, in­stead of be­ing trea­sured as a pre­cious jewel, will be­come a loot in the hands of un­wor­thy.

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