Situated between Drymades and Vuno, the village of Ilias (or Liates in Greek) is the smallest in size and in population in the region of Himara.
A LITTLE VILLAGE
Ilias is located 4 kilometres north of Vuno and is part of the municipality of Himara. It has a population of less than 100 inhabitants. The main occupation of the people, apart from a very few guesthouses, is growing livestock animals and agriculture.
Evidence of a historic settlement can be found here. Pirgos or Katafiqi is located on a hill with a height of about 200m above sea level in the west of Ilias village. The top of the hill was completely surrounded by a 25m diameter wall, where ancient fortification existed. The antique wall track is distinguished, where the eastern wall is better preserved and thought of as a reconstruction of the same period. The fortification dates back to the XII-X century. The walls are crushed and visited with difficulty through a pedestrian street in a rough rocky terrain.
As story goes, somewhere on the 19th century the Orthodox saint Kosmas the Aetolian passed from this village and ask them for help on its mission, the people of the village refused to help him. Disappointed by the villagers, saint Kosmas cursed them saying “may this village never get more than 21 houses” and still today people that pass, by curiosity count the houses.