Porfyra means “purple”; it is a kind of seashell or conch and is also a precious colour, a symbol of glory and power. They say that the dog of Hercules ate from this shell and its mouth became painted red all over – this was how purple was discovered. A small gland hides in the dye, which is removed while the conch is still alive. For the ancient people, it had the same value as gold. On the island of Leuki, one of the Koufonisia islands, on its northern side, from Minoan times until the Byzantine period, there was a significant “production unit” of superior grade purple pigment.
In the small valley of Agia Fotia, vines, olive trees, pine trees and tamarisks define an exceptional landscape and the rocks that rise up are true sculptures. Here, Porfyra Village is located, a small complex with 14 apartments, and one-room and two-room studios, with car parking. All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator and air conditioning. They also have a balcony or patio and easy access to the gardens.
The pool, with a wooden deck, is the favourite place for youngsters. In the recreation area there is a café and a specially designed area to connect to the internet or watch TV. And, if you like billiards, you can play and relax whilst sipping a drink at the bar. Or you can even play chess, backgammon and other games to pleasantly pass the time of day. Of course, the next day will be even more special … because here the mind flutters freely in the Libyan wind …