Ανατολή - Anatoli
The Mountains of Crete.
The hardships of Crete come from the sea but Crete has always survived protected in her mountains. The Cretan with all his enviable characteristics has the form of the mountain: self reliant, tough, straightforward, heroic, austere, self sufficient, and hospitable. The mountains have always been the refuge of the Cretans. In the last 500 years the mountains of Crete offered refuge and protection from Venetians, Ottomans, Saraceans, and Nazis.
During the second world war the mountains filled with people. The metohia became small villages welcoming and providing refuge to all that came to the mountains in order to survive and save their families.
The small terraces close to springs became vegetable gardens. People toiled, sweat soaked the earth and the mountain sides were lined with stone walls where the grain crops filled the terraces.
The climatic characteristics if the mountain were appreciated by the people of Crete and indeed it was the mountain that the people from the sea side towns looked to for their vacation.
Anatoli is by geography and history a characteristic mountain village. Eventhough it has access to the sea it was created in the mountain and still retains the character of the mountain.