Rahul Sharma

Anavra

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Country  Greece
Regional unit  Magnesia
Elevation  780 m (2,560 ft)
Administrative region  Thessaly
Municipality  Almyros
Time zone  EET (UTC+2)
Anavra

Anavra (Greek: Ανάβρα) is a village and a former community in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it has been part of the municipality Almyros, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 121.859 km2. According to the census of 2011, the population of Anavra was 584 citizens. The village of Anavra is located on the west side of Mount Othrys, at a height of 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level, 72 kilometres (45 mi) from Magnesia's administrative center of Volos and close to the border of Phthiotis. The Enipeas river, which is a tributary of the Pineios, starts at the springs of Anavra and passes through the village for two kilometres.

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According to mythology, Anavra is connected with livestock activities. Almost all the inhabitants are employed in farming and herding.

Economy

In the 1970's mules were the only form of transport available in Anavra, and the nearest school, in Lamia, was a 6 hour ride away. Since the 1990's the village has been transformed by mayor Dimitris Tsoukalas, who successfully sought EU development funding.

Today, Anavra has among the highest GDP per capita of any settlement in Greece and the rest of the EU with typical incomes ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 euros. The village has an average household income of €70,000.

Anavra has been recognized as a model of sustainable development. The town produces its own electricity by 20 wind-powered generators. Surplus electrical power is sold. A hydroelectric plant is scheduled for construction, and a biomass facility is being planned which will supply heat and hot water from animal manure and woodchips. The plan calls for all homes and buildings in the town to be connected to this heat/hot water network.

Plans are being proposed for the creation of a winter ski centre on the slopes of Mount Othrys and its highest peak, Gerakovouni (1726 m), west of the village.

Sites of Interest

  • Saint Dimitrios church
  • The Folkore Museum of Farming Life.
  • The waterfalls of Enipeas
  • Othry mountain and its rich flora
  • General information

  • Community office, Tel: 22320 91382
  • Communal Library, Tel: 22320 91210
  • Folklore Museum of Farming Life, Tel: 22320 91210
  • References

    Anavra Wikipedia


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