swaying rock is situated approximately 10 kilometers south
of Lixouri on the picturesque Cape of Akrotiri, 5
kilometers beyond the village of Manzavinata. A large slab
of the coastal rock a few centimeters from shoreline at one
time used to move rhythmically, uninterruptedly in an east-to-west
direction, it's gentle movement was visible from the shore.
It made 20 vacillations a minute.
Before the earthquake in 1867, the rock almost touched the shoreline and visitors
would place a knife between them, which would be pressed against it, but after
the earthquake the gap widened. Tradition claims that English ships tied thick
ropes and chains around 'Kounopetra' in an unsuccessfully attempted to either
remove it or at least displace it to stop the movement. After the earthquakes
of 1953 the rock stopped moving. The earthquakes shifted sections of the seabed,
stabalising its base.
This area is very peaceful, from Lixouri it is a very nice drive past the turning
for Xi beach and onto Kounopetra bay, which is a 'safe' area now is one of the
best on the island for snorkeling.
. . . an idyllic setting, which I am pleased to
say has no signs of any tourism.
returned to this area in 2007 and found quite a change from
my last visit in 2005. It was certainly no longer remote as
there had been quite a number of villas and apartments recently
built in and around this area. In fact, I found that the Lixouri
side of the Island has had an influx of tourism. It remains
to be seen if this has any detrimental effect to this
side of the Paliki peninsula.