Rhodos island in Dodecanece islands in Aegean Sea in Greece
The Village of Empona
Emponas the large Village at the foot of Ataviros mounden
Emponas is the most important grape -producing village on the island - if you come around
harvest time you will find streets full of baskets and courtyards spread with raisins soaking up the sun.
The smell of grape must will engulf you as soon as you enter the village. Winemaking fever reigns at the Emery winery, the largest in the village, where guided tours and wine - tasting are on offer.
There are also another three traditional wineries run by small local producers (Koumnakis, Alexandris and Merkouris ), where you can sample the local varieties, as well as souma . Moving on to the village center, there is an abundance of folklorein the air.
Coaches stop at the parking area in the square to unload rowdy crowds with cameras in hand .
They wander around the small back alleys, gaze at the colorful hand- woven rugs and other popular art in tourist shops, and visit the impressive Folk Museum.
Finally, they all make their way -where else -to the local tavernas ,with local kid spare ribs ,county -style sausages and freshly- cut French fries .If you come at high season ,you are also quite likely to come across a dance group dressed up in traditional clothes .The dance skills of the village people are well- known to all and they said never to miss a local feast .
Emponas may not have any picturesque architectural features ,however, it is one of the most popular suggestions for a trip inland in Rhodes that combines folklore ,a lively atmosphere and good food. It's a village full of life all year round ,with two petrol stations ,several tavernas ,mini market and various shops.