Ismael is perhaps the largest abandoned settlement on Tinos, which has been left at the mercy of time for many decades. Hidden on the hillside and far enough from the sea, the village is 27 km from Chora. This is a ruined village, which is not very easy to access, but is of great interest. It is rumored that in the past it was inhabited by Saracens, which is why it was named Ismael. It was abandoned by the inhabitants shortly after World War II, as were other villages on the island.
There, you will see “wilder" side of the island: ruins, ibex, stone houses, cells. The stone houses, most of which retain their original structure, but also the numerous threshing floors, characteristic of this area, which are located a short distance away, testify that once the village was full of life. Between the houses and the yards have emerged small "gardens" of prickly pears, figs, wildflowers. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the village is relatively remote from any residential area, over the years it has suffered a lot of looting. Now, the marbles that adorned the doors and windows of every house have disappeared.
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