Drios Paros history, Drios Water Springs

The springs in the area have played an important role in the identity of Drios, beginning with their name.

The name Drios is first referred to in the maps of 17th century travelers. At the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century, the area was inhabited by people of the neighbouring village of Marpissa, they had their country houses where they worked the land and kept their livestock. In 1991 Drios had just 120 inhabitants. Even today Drios is called by many locals “Drios” which originates from “Trios” which in Paros & Naxos dialect means mill, watermill, factory, derived from the noun “friction” from the verb “to rub”. Next to today’s Drios beach, there is still a source where it is very likely that there was a water mill for grain or an oil mill.

Drios is renowned for its waters. If you ask any of the locals, (or in general Parians) they will tell you that the water of Drios is clean, drinkable and is abundant. The older locals still remember the time when they watered collectively. There were communal water channels that penetrated all the fields with crops around the clock. “And if it happened that the water came by your way at night, then you watered at night, I remember as a child we would get up at 2 and 3 in the morning, as the water came to our fields for us to water.“ recalls Mr Nikos, a local resident.

A magical summer stroll through nature is the ascent of Kavouropotamos river, which begins at Pyrgaki and ends at the mountainous agricultural region of Lagada.

In an 18th century publication, says that the Turkish fleet was often anchored in Drios Bay (like many others throughout the centuries, because of the protection it provided from the north wind). At one of the water sources, the Turks built tanks to wash and the remaining water that came from ditches lead to the sea to replenish the ships through the so called “hoses”.
The region's fertile soil is due to the groundwater, rather than rainwater. 15th century testimony states “It rains a little, and the cotton, vines and fig trees will wither without the abundant dew”.

Perhaps it was the running water, rather than the natural anchorage, which made the region habitable from the Bronze Age, from 2800 BC. Today, few remains of prehistoric settlements can be found in Pirgaki, next to the modern day Port of Drios and on Drionisi overlooking the bay.

*Source: Aliprantis, Nikos Ch “Drios Paros: From Prehistory to Modern Times”, Publication Society of Friends of Drios, 2005

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