Distance from Chora: 11,2 km
Distance from Livadi: 15,4 km
Mega Livadi is a village that was settled on the homonymous sheltered bay in 1880, when the mines of Serifos were thriving. Besides the workers’ residencies, there was also a police station, a chemical lab, a school, grocery stores, coffee shops and taverns. There lived about 700 locals at that time.
After the arrival of Emile Grohmann, the offices of the “Serifos-Spilialeza” company, which exploited the island’s mines, got transferred here, in 1890. They were housed in the Headquarters, a neoclassical building in Ernst Ziller’s architectural style, ruins of which still stand at the edge of the beach. In front of its entrance, there are two palm trees, which attest to its glorious past.
A few meters away stands the Memorial of the miners who lost their lives in the strike of 1916. You will have the chance to explore an interesting photo gallery and rocks in the Folklore Museum, in Kato Chora.
Only some of the village’s houses are used today, but there are two taverns that operate, near the sea. As you enter the village you will see the chapel of St. Nikolas, which is well maintained and is worth visiting.
On the left side of the bay you will find the mining facilities, such as the loading bridge, some ore transportation wagons, ruins of buildings and rails running down the slope, from gallery to gallery. Near the loading bridge, in the “Almiros” area, there is a spring that spouts lukewarm thermal water. At that place Grohmann had constructed baths that could be used by the workers for therapeutic purposes. These buildings did not survive till today. Higher up you can see the entrance of a gallery that penetrates the hill and ends at the slope, over the beaches of Malliadiko and Kalogeros, but you need an experienced escort to visit it with, as it hides some very dangerous points.