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Anavra (Greek: Ανάβρα) is a village and a former community in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Almyros, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] According to the census of 2001 the population of Anavra was 987 citizens. The village of Anavra is located on the West side of Mount Othrys, at a height of 900 metres above the sea level, 72 Kilometres from Magnesia's administrative center of Volos and close to the border of Phthiotis. Visitors will be delighted by the natural environment, with its dense vegetation and clear waters. The Enipeas river, which is a tributary of the Pineios, starts at the springs of Anavra and passes through the village for two kilometres.

According to Mythology Anavra is connected with livestock activities. Almost all the inhabitants are employed in farming and herding.

Economy

The residents of Anavra enjoy one of the highest GDP per capita in Greece[2] and the rest of the EU with incomes that range from 30,000 to 100,000 Euros.[3]

Anavra has been recognized as a model of sustainable development.[4] The town produces its own electricity by 20 wind-powered generators.[2] Surplus electrical power is sold. A hydroelectric plant is scheduled for construction. A biomass facility is being planned which will supply heat and hot water from animal manure and woodchips. The plan calls for all homes and buildings in the town on the heat/hot water network.

Plans are being proposed for the creation of a Winter Ski centre on the slopes of the Othry mountain and its highest peak Gerakovouki (1726 m), West of the village.
Sites of Interest

Saint Dimitrios church
The Folkore Museum of Farming Life.
The waterfalls of Enipeas
Othry mountain and its rich flora

General information

Community office, Tel: 22320 91382
Communal Library, Tel: 22320 91210
Folklore Museum of Farming Life, Tel: 22320 91210

References

^ (Greek) Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior.
^ a b (Dutch) Marloes de Koning, "De beste jaren van Anavra" NRC Handelsblad (3 May 2012), p. 30.
^ (Greek) "Ανάβρα: ο εκσυγχρονισμός μιας ορεινής κοινότητας" (in Greek). greekscapes.gr.
^ (Greek) Giannarou, Lina "Anavra- A Greek Model of Sustainable Development" (AthensPlus, 20 March 2009).

Further reading

(Greek) Καραλή, Μ. (επιμ.) (1994) Πρακτικά Συνεδρίου "Το παρελθόν, το παρόν και το μέλλον της Ανάβρας (Γούρας)", 31 Ιουλίου – 1 Αυγούστου 1993, Αθήνα: Κοινότητα Ανάβρας Μαγνησίας.
(Greek) Καραλή, Μ. (2002) "Κοινότητα Ανάβρας Αλμυρού Μαγνησίας. Ένα πείραμα τοπικής ανάπτυξης με πρωτοβουλία της Τοπικής Αυτοδιοίκησης", Γεωγραφίες, 4, σσ. 123-129.
(Greek) Μηλιώνης, π. Α. (2006) Η Ανάβρα (Γούρα) της Όθρυος, Ανάβρα Αλμυρού Μαγνησίας: Κοινότητα Ανάβρας Αλμυρού Μαγνησίας.
(Greek) Περιοδικό "Κ" της Καθημερινής (2009) "Αφιέρωμα στην Ανάβρα", 12/03.

External links

Official Website (in Greek and English)
Official Website of the Environmental and Cultural Park of Anavra "Goura" (in Greek and English)
Anavra-Zo (in Greek)

See also

List of towns and villages of Greece

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Anavra | Keramidi | Makrinitsa | Trikeri

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