Travel info for Naxos

Welcome to Naxos!


- Archeological sites. The famous Portara, from the temple of Apollo, where it was said that Thiseas abandoned Ariadne, who was then kidnapped by Dionysos, and Grotta, which is one of the most widely recognized monuments of the island. In Pahia Ammos, visitors will see the statue of Apollo or Dionysos, while there are two Kouroi on the island. One in Flerio and one in Apollonia. In Sagri, the temple of Demetra, from white marble, is also remarkable.
- The Towers. The entire island boasts numerous towers, mainly Venetian (of Krispi, Cheimarou, Somaripa, Kastri, Mpardani, Zevgoli, Grazia, Barozzi, Bazaiou etc.).
- The Castles. Τhe Castle in Hora, where other attractions are located as well (Kapela Kazatza, Commercial School, School of Ursulines, the Tower of Markos Sanoudos etc.). The Upper Castle in Tsikalario and the Castle of Apolirou, south of Sigri, which got its name from a bush that grows there.
- The museums. The Archeological Museum of Naxos with its famous collections (Cycladic and Mycenaean) and the tiled floor (3rd century BC) on its top. The Epitopio Archeological Museum, in the square of the Metropolitan Church, with exhibits from Grotta. In the Castle of Hora, the Byzantine Museum and the Venetian Museum, a well preserved tower which has been turned into a folk art museum, where many cultural events are hosted. In Apeiranthos, the small Archeological Museum and the Geology Museum with fossils of the nano-elephant of Naxos, the Folk Art Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Children Civilization. The Archeological Museum Gyroula in Sagri, the Traditional Olive Press of Naxos in Damala, the Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum in Halki, the Folklore collection in Skado, the Folk Art Museums in Mesi, Filoti, Korono and Tripodes.
- Other attractions. Smyrida (emery) is a Naxian mineral, which was exploited until recently. In 1925, however, the locals arranged the Aerial Transportation of Emery, which was a pretty impressive project for its time. The Za Cave, dedicated to Zeus, in the highest peak of Naxos and the entire Cyclades. The Palace of Jesuits in Kalamitsia. Citron is a fruit locally produced. From the leaves of the tree, they make a delicious, unique local liquor. In Halki there is a traditional distillery.


Naxos – Apollonas - Lionas: Starting from the town of Naxos we head north and soon we have the option of turning to the right and ascend to the Chrysostomou Monastery; a route with a lot of turns. We head back, so we can continue to the north, where we will soon see Dilio. Next stop is the village of Galini, where if we turn left on the dirt road we will end up in Amyti Bay and if we turn right we arrive at the village Myrtia. This is where we turn left and soon end up on the coastal road. There are many beaches for swimming along the way. On the way, we stumble across the settlements of Krya Vrysi, Kampos, Taxiarchis –where one of the hiking trails starts, along the dirt road- Myrissi, Koronida, which later leads to Apollona. Alternatively we continue by the coast, from the Bay of Agios Theodoros, the settlement Agia (6 kilometers from Apollonas) and the Virgin Mary Monastery before we reach Apollonas, where we can admire Kouros. Since we have come this far, we can continue our route to the east to enjoy the panoramic view, through the settlements of Mesi, Skado and Korono and there we can turn left to Liona, which is ideal for swimming. On the way to Liona, we see numerous emery mines. From there and in order to return to the town of Naxos, we can either take a U turn or cross the mountainous region of the island. In this case, we take a turn to the left in Korono, through the Monastery of Stavros, and head to Kinidaro. When we exit the settlement, at about 3 kilometers, we can turn left to Flerio (Kouros) or continue to Kourounohori and Agio Thalalaio to reach the town of Naxos.

Mountainous Naxos – Pyrgaki: In order to reach the inland, we choose the road to Pyrgaki, after paying a visit to other mountainous villages. Alternatively, we can go to Pyrgaki from the coastal road, after passing by the cosmopolitan Agia Anna, ascend towards Agios Arsenios, while in Vivlos we can turn left to Kato Sagri and finally to Pyrgaki (21km). The mountainous route starts from the town of Naxos to Glinado (6km), where the sanctuary of God Dionysos is located, between the village and the sea (location Yria). Within the next kilometer, we stumble across Tripodes (12 km) with the distinctive abandoned windmills. From there we can take the dirt road to the beach of Plaka, passing through the remnants of Palaiopyrgos or by continuing to the south and turning right to the beaches of Kastraki and Mikri Vigla. These are the favorite spots of surfers, due to the strong winds that blow in the area. Just before Pyrgaki, we see Aliko with the lovely cedars, while after the settlement we have the choice to follow the dirt road to Agiassos, in an amazing but difficult route.

Mountainous Naxos – Moutsouna: Another alternative in the inland is the one that departs from the town of Naxos and goes straight to Kato and Mesi Potamia and Bourvouria. This is where we turn left to Cheimaros, Halkio and Filoti and then again to the left towards the beautiful Apeiranthos. Four kilometers later we got the choice of either turn right to Danakos, where after the settlement there is a dead end, or continue straight to Apeiranthos. From there we can go through the Aerial Transportation of Emery and descent to Moutsouna, where there are lots of choices for swimming: Stavros, Lygaridia to south, Psili Ammos, Kleidos and finally Panermos. 

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