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A spot of white in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the island of Naxos is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture. The largest of the Cycladic Islands, Naxos is the childhood home of none other than Zeus, king of the gods. Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over a causeway to Palatia, where the Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists, stands alone, the symbol of the island. At sunset, the views of the island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking.

 

The villages of Naxos

Chalki

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Chalki is located in the centre of the Tragea basin and it is the most fertile area of Naxos with large olive groves. In the past, Chalki used to be the trade center of the island, whereas today, it is the seat of the municipality of Drymalia.

Apollonas
Apollonas is a beautiful fishing village in the northeastern part of the island. It has a long beach which combines pebbles with sand. Apollonas, the seaport of Koronida, used to be the summer holidays resort of Naxos; today, it continues to live on tourism maintaining though its traditional character and picturesque beauty.

Kinidaros
The village Kinidaros is known as the village of “the ones who have fun” and is
situated 16 kilometers away from Chora. There, you will see the modern marble
quarries, where the majority of the locals are occupied.

Sangri
The village Sangri is built in one of the most verdant regions of the island and includes large areas of land that are appropriate for cultivating and stock breeding.
The Venetian towers, the Byzantine churches and the picturesque windmills count as the village’s trademarks.

Apeiranthos
Apeiranthos, one of the island’s most beautiful villages, is built in the heart of the highlands of Naxos and is rich in history and tradition. It seems untouched by time as it preserves its unspoiled traditional character, and impresses with its medieval architecture. Stone and marble dominate the architecture of the village; these materials have been primarily used by artisans to create masterpieces which decorate houses, towers, streets and squares. A lot of scholars in the fields of science, art and politics were born in the village (Petros Protopapadakis, Dialehti Zevgoli-Glezou, Petros Glezos, Manolis Glezos, Grigoris Zevgolis a.o.).

Koronos
Koronos is one of the widest known emery villages of Naxos and it is located approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Chora. Stone paved alleys, whitewashed courtyards, beautiful houses of island architecture with wooden balconies, steps that connect the
different neighbourhoods, shadowy plane trees and poplar trees and picturesque “kafenia” (greek traditional cafes) compose the scenery of this beautiful village.

Moni
The historic village Moni is renown for its textile production, as well as for the wood carving workshop, where beautiful pieces of art are made of olive wood; not only ornaments, but also tools of usage. If you visit the village, do not forget to stop at the church “Panagia Drosiani” (Our Lady Drosiani).

Filoti

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Filoti, the largest in population village of Naxos but also of all the Cycladic islands, is built amphitheatrically on the foot of the highest mountain of Cyclades, the mountain Zas. Take a rest at the big central square under the shadow of the big plane tree and enjoy your coffee in one of the picturesque “kafeneia” (Greek traditional cafes) around the square.

Skado - Mesi
You will meet these small emery villages on your way from Koronos to Koronida. Rich vegetation dominates the landscape. After the
Mesi’s seaport Aghios Georgios, you will see the old castle “Kalogiros” (meaning “monk”).

Potamia
Three interesting settlements (“Pano Potamia”, meaning “upper rivers”, “Kato Potamia”, meaning “lower rivers” and “Mesi Potamia”, meaning “mid rivers”), plunged in the green, with their main characteristic to be the little gardens, will certainly pull your interest and will make you stop for a while, before you continue your tour in the villages of the municipality of Naxos.

Galanado - Glinado - Aghios Arsenios (Saint Arsenios) - Tripodes

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These four villages are situated in the western part of the municipality of Naxos, within a short distance from Chora. The locals are occupied mainly with the cultivation of the potato and the stock breeding. The coastal settlements “Aghia Anna”(Saint Anna) and “Aghios Prokopios” (Saint Prokopios) belong to the “Aghios Arsenios” village, whereas the “Plaka” region belongs to the Tripodes village.

 

 

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