- Published: Saturday, 01 January 2011 00:00
Anavra of Magnesia is a mountain village (altitude 1000 m) in western Othrys. The law \"Kapodistrias\" (1998) for the merger of municipalities of Greece excepted the village to remain as a Community from the assembly because it brought together all the relevant conditions (remote from urban centres, homogeneous geological terrain, population, employment of residents etc.). But the latter law \"Kallikrates\" abolished and incorporated Anavra into the new expanded Municipality of Almyros city.
It has about 500 residents, who, almost 100%, occupy in farming and small livestock (cattle, sheep, pig) pasture. The employment with the organic farming led Anavra to be considered as a phenomenon for the Greek, since it has a 0% unemployment rate and many new homes, while there are 80 modern livestock facilities in 3 livestock farms around the village. In Anavra works primary school with 2 teachers and kindergarten housed in new buildings. The school building has a home for the tutor. Similarly, the clinic, which exists here, provides a residence for the physician.
Also the village has a Folk Museum livestock Life, two halls, Citizens Service Centre (CSC), a fully equipped gym (free for residents), football and basketball courts, while a two-storey parking in the central square serves free traffic and parking car, particularly difficult winter days.
Two large development projects that protect the environment and highlight the nature and culture of the region, respectively, the wind farm in Alogorachi and the Environmental and Cultural Park \"Goura\" in the springs of Anavra area 240 acres and a length of 2 km.. Also in the area is a shelter of preys and three climbing areas that can provide outstanding experiences to fans of the activity.
It is remarkable that the continuous human presence for centuries, in this place and continuous involvement of residents in farming (Sarakatsani, Vlachs) meant to create strong links with the place and this type of work (aided by and subsidies of the EU) and, while maintaining many elements, -in all aspects of life-, of what we call tradition, which for residents of Anavra simply means current routine.
Today Anavra is a settlement that without having a traditional character-one and two earthquakes (1956, 1980), and two wars (WW2 and Civil War) destroyed the character of it-, has all those facilities and conditions to ensure a comfortable and smooth stay, and a quality of life that the inhabitants of many urban centres envy.