The Windmill of Amallos in Antimachia
The traditional windmill of Antimachia traces its origins back to the early nineteenth century. It is the only one, out of eight (8) windmills that still survive in Antimachia, some in good condition and others in ruins. The windmill has been in the Amallos family for four generations. It is the most imposing and the only preserved mill, on the whole island and among the few operational and productive windmills in Greece. Currently the windmill is capable of grounding around 600 to 800 kgs daily under favorable weather conditions. The windmill is located in the center of the charming village and is the main highlight.
Although the mill remained abandoned for years, it has now been completely restored to its former form. Visiting the mill is perfect for everyone. Not only do you get to take a step back in time but get to observe the grinding process for wheat and other grains. Its flour is still used today. You can even try some delicious biscuits and bread sticks made from the flour from the mill. The ground level has been revamped in order to look like the original room used by the miller to rest. The intermediate floor is where the flour is collected and placed in bags while on the top floor lies the whole mechanism of the windmill. The tour itself is short but very informative and interesting.
Outside the mill, there is also a small exhibition showcasing the traditional Antimachia folk interior decorations of the mill through a collection of old equipment, original hand-carved wooden instruments, designs and studies. The small shop sells souvenirs and homemade loaves of bread and other baked goods.
The Antimachia windmill is a monument of Greek tradition and architecture. It disposes the lifestyle of the past ages and keeps local tradition alive. Offers a unique experience and a visit to this little gem is definitely recommend. A visit to the windmill can be well combined with a tour in the quaint village of Antimaxhia, with the white-washed houses and the yards full of flowers.