Written by on July 22, 2019

With many parts of  Greece  groaning under the weight of  overtourism ,
one island has the opposite problem: the population is so small it’s now
paying people to move there.

Antikythera, eight square miles of loveliness between Crete and the
Peloponnese, has only 24 residents, but is willing not only to give
successful applicants a house with a plot of land, but also €500 (about
£450) a month to live on for the first three years. 

The council is appealing specifically to families with young children that
can bring down the average age of its population. Its first set of new
settlers, who arrived last September, brought three children to the
island, prompting its only school to reopen after 24 years. 

Mayor Andreas Charchalakis told local news source Iefimerida: “We
need three young families, large enough to make Antikythera live and
full of children’s voices.”

The initiative, supported by the Greek Orthodox Church, is also hoping
to attract more tourists over the summer season. As things stand,
according to a website representing the island, it only sees about 20
visitors a year.

Antikythera is one of the tiniest, non-modernized, inhabited Greek
Islands. With so little commercialism and the landscape unadulterated,
Antikythera is a haven for visitors who will like the simplicity of laid-back
holidays, soaking up the glorious Greek sun, exploring on foot, meeting
all the locals, eating local produce and swimming in the crystal clear,
sparkling sea from one of the two tiny beaches to cool off.

As far as facilities go, the islands only village, Potamos, has one food
store but no bank or cash machines. It has one property on Airbnb, the
two-bedroom Villa Kamarela (hen and stag parties are banned), and one
other form of accommodation, the Municipal Hostel of Antikythera.

Topographically, the lozenge-shaped island has low hills, imposing rocky
shores, rich flora and fauna, caves and footpaths, as well as picturesque
country churches and scattered farmhouses.

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