Our countryside hotel, Crossroads Inn, is located within the traditional village of Tripotamos, on the heartland of Tinos Island. The hotel consists of listed, traditional buildings which are part of the connective tissue of the housing settlement and of its society.
To the north, the back of the traditional Cycladic village of Tripotamos faces the towering granite starkness of the Rock of Exombourgo with its ruins of the medieval city of Tinos and the traces of earlier cities excavated by archaeologist Nota Kourou and dating back to the Prehistoric and Geometric Eras. To the south, Tripotamos overlooks the Monastery of Aghia Pelagia, the Aegean Sea, and the island cluster of Delos.
In terms of architecture, Tripotamos village has the design of a fortified city, with access entrances facing west, north, and east. It is a maze of stone buildings, which are the work of patient human hands, of covered vaulted alleys and crossroads, with the buildings’ anogia (first floors) slightly rising above it all, giving no hint that, below, there lives and breathes an entire village. It is this invisibility that helped Tripotamos and its inhabitants weather the pirate raids of past centuries in Tinos Island. The main road, the village’s spine, moving from east to west, cuts through the village and meets with the tightly built tiered alleys and vaulted arcades, all part of Tripotamos’ cohesive tissue that is devoid of gaps or open spaces.
Down the passage of centuries, the village’s inhabitants have been functioning as an extended family. Their local traditions, customs, and rituals make for a tightly knit social structure, not unlike the very village’s architectural tissue. Every year on Christmas Day, the custom of “Kavos” is revived, continuing through New Year’s Day and throughout the year until its annual cycle closes on the following Christmas. The next segment, “Kavos: an ancient custom” is entirely devoted to this ancient custom which is indicative of the profound degree of relations among the members of the society of Tripotamos.