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Built on an altitude of 730m, Englouvi is the highest village on Lefkada island and, maybe, on the whole Ionian as well. Its name indicates its location, in a poetic way, since it is “en-caged” among the mountains. Yet, when you visit Englouvi, you won’t feel “encaged” at all, but rather charmed by the beauty of the old stone houses and the unique rural monuments that surround the village (wells, windmills, stone huts). This is a live museum created by the harmonic co-existence and interaction of people and nature.
And of course this is the place where the famous lentils of Englouvi are cultivated, in the very same way, as decades ago. The lentils are sowed by hand, in the beginning of each year and they are let “to sleep under the snow” for the whole winter. In springtime, the people from Englouvi hoe the weeds, by hand, with endless patience and, in the summer, they uproot the plants and take them for threshing. They always keep a portion of seeds for the next year. [See a very short video about the cultivation of the lentils, on the website, below]
The lentil fields extend above the village of Englouvi, on “Vouni” plateau, which is arranged in small –sometimes tinny – terraces, supported by stone walls, to prevent the soil erosion. In the same terraces, they cultivate the local specie of “verzami” grape, which gives a dark, full wine. It’s a unique landscape, created by time, nature and endless hours of hard work.
Directions: Follow the road from Lefkada's city to karya and continue for a couple kms more.
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