SELEGOUDI

Selegoudi is the local compartment of Smynos Municipality. It belongs to the semi alpine zone of the municipality and covers an area of 5km2; the 1,4 Km2 is cultivated area and the rest is pastoral land (public or private).  The population has often fluctuated. In 1940, there were 331 inhabitants, in 1961 163, in 1981, 96, in 1991, 85 and in the last census in 2001, 110.

It is 19 km away from the junction of the country road Sparta-Gythion and 4 km away from the administrative centre of Agios Nicolaos Municipality.

It is built near the old village called Sarpya that had repeatedly been despoiled by pirates. Selegoudi is recorded as one of the Maniot villages and specifically in the code Muazzo in 1695 as Villa Selegadi.

From Selegoudi, one can visit Smynos spring, the hydroelectric unit and in summer, the cool waters of the river gorge and the “pool» created by the watermill for refreshment.

In the area there is the Agricultural Association.

The church of Agioi Theodoroi, which is also the parish church of the village, is recorded as a listed building.

Selegoudi has most of the features to be part of tourism with a mild development and with absolute respect to the preservation of the natural and cultural environment.

For the success of this purpose, there must be strategic planning, which will define a framework with propositions, suggestions for the development of agrotourism, the opening of the old paths and of the gorge at Smynos river.

Selegoudi is not a simple dialogue of nature with itself, but a unique universe, exotic and familiar, distant and friendly at the same time. It is a wonderful place for contact with nature as it is completely untouched by human activities.

Time here is still. The walls stand firm despite time effect, silent witnesses of an era. Houses old and new and steady that endured time and abandonment. Samples of the folklore craftsmanship in the evolution of the mountainous residences. In the place, there are simple and humble people characterised by struggle and constant effort.

Young people that stayed in their village, their birthplace, fight to make a living and never stop to look for news ways to redefine their relation with their birthplace.

Antonis Roumaneas

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