During the late 1960s, foreign investors aided by the Greek military dictatorship began building a large hospitality complex in Alyko, a peninsula situated in the southwest coast of Naxos island.
The ownership of this area, which combined beautiful beaches with sand dunes and a unique juniper tree forest, was claimed since the 1940s by both the Greek State and some locals in possession of dubious property titles.
Because of this conflict, shortly after the building of this ambitious project commenced, local authorities managed to halt construction leaving the complex unfinished ever since.
As legal procedures finally ended in 2010, the area was defined a “forest” and a “public domain”.
One could argue that in its present state, this project is a reflection of contemporary Greek sociopolitical pathogeny: excessive dysfunctionality amidst breathtaking beauty.
Despite everything, this abandoned before completion group of buildings, inhabited only by the salty wind, Mediterranean sunlight and the forest’s flora and fauna, is gradually becoming an integral part of its environment.