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The Island of Dionysus

Endless Sandy Beaches with Turquoise Waters, Marble Villages and Venetian Settlements under the Taste of Cheese of Wine

“…If Paradise was on earth, it would be here…” 

Nikos Kazantzakis

Elegant and Venetian when she wants, traditional and folklore when she changes her mood, intense summery when she lies in the endless beaches, lively and stunning when observed from the village and endlessly romantic when posing in the dusk, Naxos is a genuine island of the Cyclades. One could say, perhaps, that Naxos is an entire universe by herself! Being the largest island of the Cyclades, Naxos has managed to keep alive the long history of this place with impressive archaeological monuments, mountainous and traditional villages and an endless coastline full of beaches. Your first impression will be reflected from the imposing temple of Portara on the islet of Palatia lying opposite of one of the most historical medieval villages of Greece, witnessing the glorious history of the once powerful duchy of the archipelago. Literally, Naxos has it all! Beaches with unimaginable beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy dunes shaded from imposing cultural monuments and important wetlands. Naxos hides mysterious discoveries and surprises you probably did not expect to find in the middle of the Aegean. Byzantine monuments and Venetian towers, traditional settleements and imposing waterfalls, important wetlands and magnificent beaches, wild landscapes and cedar forests are just a glimpse of the universe of Naxos observed from the highest peak in the Cyclades. Naxos is blessed from nature, as it is the most fertile island of the Cyclades; maybe it was also blessed from God Dionysus and Goddess Demeter!

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The Town of Hora

The Settlement of Hora is the capital and harbor of Naxos located on the west side of the island. The settlement has a traditional atmosphere with whitewashed houses and old stone mansions dominated from the medieval castle. The Castle of Naxos is one of the best preserved fortified medieval settlements of Greece. According to tradition, the castle was constructed from the Venetian Crusader Marco Sanudo in the 13th century.  The northern part of the capital leads to the islands of Palatia and the imposing temple of Portara.

The Archaeological Site of Gyroulas

The Archaeological Site of Gyroulas lies on the southern side of the village of Sagri. According to historical evidence, the inhabitants of the area began worshiping the deities of nature in the 8th century BC. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the monumental marble temples of Demeter and Dionysus. Important findings are displayed in the building of the museum collection in a close distance from the site.

The Archaeological Site of Iria

The Archaeological Site of Iria is located in the middle of the fertile valley of Livadi. It is one of the most important sanctuaries of Ancient Naxos dedicated to god Dionysus. The temple of Iria provides evidence of the birth of Greek marble island architecture while it also an example of unparalleled beauty of the Ionic rhythm of the architecture of Ancient Greece. Today, one will have the opportunity to admire the foundation stones of the sanctuary as well as very few samples of its walls. Important findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Naxos.

The Beach of Agios Prokopios

The Beach of Agios Prokopios is one of the most beautiful beaches of the country and Europe. It is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. The long sandy beach extends over an endless coast protected from the strong winds. The beach is partially organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and water sport facilities. The other part of the beach is really beautiful touched only from Mother Nature.

The Castle of Naxos

The Castle of Naxos is one of the best preserved fortified medieval settlements of Greece. According to tradition, the castle was constructed from the Venetian Crusader Marco Sanudo in the 13th century.  There is no evidence, however, that this was the palace of Sanudo, who founded the Duchy of the Archipelago. The castle was built on the hinterland and it used to have three gates, the Paraporti, the South Gate and the main entrance fro visitors. The north gate known as Trani Porta as well as the Piso Paraporti had not been preserved. Walking through the surviving gates, one will have the chance to feel like he stepped back in the medieval times. Of the twelve towers, only the Crispi Tower survives and operates as the Byzantine Museum. The narrow alleys lead to the highest point of the castle, the School of Commerce. There, you will have the chance to admire the Capella, Karatza, the Ursuline School, the Sanudo Tower, the Catholic Episcopal Palace and the Catholic Cathedral.

The Monastery of Panagia Ypsilotera

The Monastery of Panagia Ypsilotera is an impressive fortified monastery located close to the settlement of Galini. The monastery served as a center of rebellion from the locals against the repression of the Latin nobility. It was built from in 1660 Iakovos Kokkos, a nobleman of Christian Orthodox religion who was fighting against the domination of the Frankish in the Cyclades. The imposing complex retains a semi circular tower, the church and more towers. Up until today, the monastery of Panagia Ypsilotera remains the strongest fortress of Naxos.

The Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo is the landmark of Naxos located on the islet of Palatia. Portara is a huge marble gate constructed during the tyranny of Lygdamis in the 6th century BC. The islet of Palatia has been associated with the worship of the Cretan princess of Ariadne and God of Wine, Dionysus. According to mythology, Dionysus abducted the princess at the beachside of Palatia; it is therefore considered that this is the place where the Dionysian festivities were first held.

The Village of Apiranthos

The Village of Apiranthos is one of the most beautiful villages of Naxos located on the central part of the island. Known as the marble village, the mountainous settlement has an authentic character with wonderful houses made of marble, arches, Venetian towers, marble paved alleys and charming squares eluding a different atmosphere in the Cyclades. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit five interesting museums including the geological museum, the archaeological museum, the folklore museum, the natural history museum and the museum of visual arts.

The Village of Halki

The Village of Halki is one of the most beautiful villages of Naxos located on the central part of the island. Lying on the biggest olive cultivation area of the Cyclades, Halki was once the capital of the island. The numerous preserved Venetian towers and byzantine church witness the long history of the settlement. The most important sights of the area include the church of Panagia Protothronos, the Barozzi tower and the distillery of Vallindras. The wider area of Tragea valley has been described as the Mystras of the Aegean following the numerous byzantine churches and monasteries.

Excursion to the Small Cyclades

The Islands of Donousa, Heraklia, Koufonisia and Schinousa are the islands of the Small Cyclades. Visit Donousa to discover the interesting hiking paths of the inland or the island of Iraklia for the pristine scenic beaches and crystalline waters with shipwrecks. Choose the islands of Koufonisia for the exotic waters and the island of Schinousa for its authentic personality. All of the islands are accessible from the island of Naxos.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in Naxos

Naxos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing and windsurfing. The beaches of Ammitis, Agios Georgios and Agiassos are suitable for wave style. The lagoon of Agios Georgios is one of the friendliest spots in Greece for starters. Windsurfing centers can be found in the beaches of Agios Georgios, Mikri Vigla and Plaka. The bay of Mikri Vigla offers ideal conditions for someone to practice his favorite sport. There is also a kitesurfing center on the beach of Mikri Vigla.

Archaeological Sites

The Acropolis of Panormos lies on the south side of the village of Moutsouna. The site hosts the remnants of the prehistoric acropolis of Amygdalies. Above the hill, there are remnants of old houses, walls and deserted buildings. This monument has been declared historic and preserved from the State of Greece. The most intriguing part, however, is the panoramic views to the islands of Koufonisia.

The Ancient Sanctuary of Flerio lies on the center of the lush district of Flerio. Archaeological excavations have brought to light a sanctuary dedicated to the female deity of the fertility of earth. The sanctuary became a place of worship for the laborers in the neighboring marble quarries. Important findings are exhibited in the museum collection of Melanes.

The Archaeological Site of Gyroula lies on the southern side of the village of Sagri. According to historical evidence, the inhabitants of the area began worshiping the deities of nature in the 8th century BC. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the monumental marble temple of Demeter. Important findings are displayed in the building of the museum collection in a close distance from the site.

The Archaeological Site of Grotta lies on the northern side of the harbor of Naxos. Archaeological excavations have brought to light a part of the Mycenaean capital of the island that constituted from the ancient agora and the settlement. According to archaeologists, the acropolis of the city might have been located on the hill of Kastro.

The Archaeological Site of Iria is located in the middle of the fertile valley of Livadi. It is one of the most important sanctuaries of Ancient Naxos dedicated to god Dionysus. The temple of Iria provides evidence of the birth of Greek marble island architecture while it also an example of unparalleled beauty of the Ionic rhythm of the architecture of Ancient Greece. Today, one will have the opportunity to admire the foundation stones of the sanctuary as well as very few samples of its walls. Important findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Naxos.

The Ancient Aqueduct of Naxos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the island stretching over an area of eleven kilometers. The aqueduct used to operate from the 6th to the 8th century with the intention of bringing water from Flerio and Melanes to the town of Naxos. In this valley, the inhabitants used to worship the goddess of fertility, Demeter.

The Ancient Quarry of Apollonas is located close to the seaside settlement of Apollonas. It is one of the two ancient marble quarries of Naxos, the place where sculpture, the greatest art of antiquity, started. The colossal statue (kouros) of Dionysus and other unfinished statues can be seen on the slopes of the ancient quarry. Moreover, the impressive huge statue (kouros) of god Apollo can also be seen on the site.

The Statues of Kouroi of Naxos are located in the areas of Apollonas and Flerio. A kouros is an ancient Greek sculptured that first appeared in the Archaic period. In antiquity, works of this huge size would initially undergo rough processing at the marble quarries.

The Mycenaean Tomb of Chosti is one of the three vaulted tombs that have been discovered in the region of the Aegean. It is a circular burial chamber with a diameter of three meters at the base and a height of two and a half meters. This monument is situated approximately two hundred meters outside of the village of Komiaki accessible via a footpath.

The Temple of Apollo is the landmark of Naxos located on the islet of Palatia. Portara is a huge marble gate constructed during the tyranny of Lygdamis in the 6th century BC. The islet of Palatia has been associated with the worship of the Cretan princess of Ariadne and God of Wine, Dionysus. According to mythology, Dionysus abducted the princess at the beachside of Palatia; it is therefore considered that this is the place where the Dionysian festivities were first held.

Castles and Towers

The Castle of Apano Kastro is one of the most impressive monuments of Naxos. Built on a rocky hilltop, the castle had an important fortified position from antiquity. Today, the remnants of the huge wall along with remains of rectangular stone blocks are the sole surviving remains. The castle is accessible from a footpath starting from the area of Tsikalario.

The Castle of Apaliros dominates the steep hillside over a plain between the villages of Agiassos and Sagri. Apaliros stands as an excellent example of early Byzantine town planning. This byzantine castle offers panoramic views of the entire southwest coastline. The castle was abandoned in the 13th century, when Naxos was invaded from the Venetians of Marco Sanudo.

The Castle of Naxos is one of the best preserved fortified medieval settlements of Greece. According to tradition, the castle was constructed from the Venetian Crusader Marco Sanudo in the 13th century.  There is no evidence, however, that this was the palace of Sanudo, who founded the Duchy of the Archipelago. The castle was built on the hinterland and it used to have three gates, the Paraporti, the South Gate and the main entrance fro visitors. The north gate known as Trani Porta as well as the Piso Paraporti had not been preserved. Walking through the surviving gates, one will have the chance to feel like he stepped back in the medieval times. Of the twelve towers, only the Crispi Tower survives and operates as the Byzantine Museum. The narrow alleys lead to the highest point of the castle, the School of Commerce. There, you will have the chance to admire the Capella, Karatza, the Ursuline School, the Sanudo Tower, the Catholic Episcopal Palace and the Catholic Cathedral.

The Fortified Settlement of Bourgos was the bourgeois district of the island in the middle ages. Following the establishment of the domination of the Venetians in the 13th century, the inner Kastro became the residential palace of the ruler. North and northeast of Kastro, the citadel emerged a quarter inhabited from the bourgeois class of Latin conquerors and Greeks who were not preoccupied in the farming sector. This was Bourgos.

The Jesuit Palace of Kalamitsia is one of the most impressive monuments of Naxos located between the villages of Melanes and Potamia. The construction of the complex was funded from the family of the Jesuit order himself, Robert Saulger. The complex is a distinct mixture of local and western architecture that consists from many rooms, auxiliary buildings, an olive mill and a huge garden. Characterized as the Jesuit Palace for its luxurious construction, the complex became the object of admiration in its heyday.

The Towers of Naxos are scattered in the countryside of the island. The towers were built from feudal Venetians who used them as a base to exploit the field they held. There are thirty preserved towers all around the island. The most important towers include the tower of Bardani in Apiranthos, the tower of Plaka on the foot of Stroumboulas hill, the tower of Barozzi in Filoti, the tower of Gratsia in Halki, the tower of Zevgoli in Apiranthos and the tower of Papadakis close to Halki. The tower of Belonias in the valley of Livadi is one of the best preserved fortified towers of the island while the tower of Frangopoulos Della Rocca is one of the oldest fortified towers dating back to the 14th century. The tower of Crispi in Kastro serves as the byzantine museum of Naxos.

The Tower of Chimarros is one of the most important ancient monuments of Naxos. The tower boasts a fine example of the defense architecture of the Hellenistic period. Today, the exterior remains of the tower remain in considerably good condition. The tower is located fourteen kilometers from Filoti, on the road south to Kalantos.

Churches and Monasteries

The Capella Karatza is located on the highest point of Kastro. According to tradition, Capella Karatza was the chapel of Marco Sanudo, the Venetian ruler of the Cyclades in the 13th century.

The Catholic Cathedral of Naxos is located in Hora. It was constructed in the medieval times while it went through various construction phases before taking its final shape. The marble floor is decorated with memorial stones of family crests of the most prominent Catholic families of Naxos. An impressive icon of Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist stands among the baroque style décor of the central podium. Other icons reveal the mixture of byzantine and western styles under the influence of the Venetian and Cretan school including works of El Greco, else known as Domenicus Theotokopoulos.

The Chapel of Panagia Myrtidiotissa is a whitewashed chapel standing on the islet on the middle of the harbor of Naxos. According to tradition, the islet served as a place of worship to Poseidon. The chapel offers panoramic views of the temple of Apollo in Palatia. On September 24, the traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place in the chapel.

The Church of Panagia Drossiani is one of the oldest churches of Naxos located in a short distance from Moni. The church has a special architectural style with bare stonewalls and three adjoining chapels on the north side with square dome bases on the roofs. The interior is decorated with frescoes of the 6th century, which are considered to be among the oldest in the Balkans. The church also hosts a marble iconostasis. According to tradition, the church was named Drossiani because the area was blessed from Virgin Mary with plentiful waters and was therefore cool. Drossia in Greek means coolness.

The Church of Panagia Filotissa is located in the village of Filoti. It is an impressive church that was constructed in 1710 on a plot land gained from the locals from the feudal lord Barozzi. The church boasts a beautiful architecture with a magnificent sculptured bell tower. Inside the church, one can admire old ecclesiastical icons and a crafted marble altar screen.

The Church of Panagia Kera is located on the southwest side of the settlement of Atsipapi. It is a byzantine church with a rare transitional cruciform and a dome. The interior is decorated with an episcopal throne and byzantine frescoes. On August 23, the traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place in the church.

The Church of Panagia Protothronos is one of the oldest churches of Naxos located in the village of Halki. Although it was initially built as a three aisled basilica, it was converted into a cruciform church in the 9th century. The interior is decorated with five layers of frescoes of the iconoclastic period. The fresco of the altar of Virgin Mary is considered unique in the Balkans. According to tradition, the church was the first to be built on the island and has been proved to have been in uninterrupted service since 1052.

The Monastery of Christ Photodoti is one of the most important monuments of Naxos located at an altitude of five hundred meters close to the village of Danakos. It is a fortified monastery comprising from two floors. The first floor hosts an atrium dominated from the dome along with the cells of the monks and the quarters of the abbot. According to tradition, the monastery was constructed as a vow from a princess who faced great danger while sailing off Naxos. The princess said to have picked this spot as she saw a light coming from there, hence the name meaning Light Giver. On August 6, the traditional celebration in honor of the Transfiguration of the Savior takes place in the monastery.

The Monastery of Panagia Ypsilotera is an impressive fortified monastery located close to the settlement of Galini. The monastery served as a center of rebellion from the locals against the repression of the Latin nobility. It was built from in 1660 Iakovos Kokkos, a nobleman of Christian Orthodox religion who was fighting against the domination of the Frankish in the Cyclades. The imposing complex retains a semi circular tower, the church and more towers. Up until today, the monastery of Panagia Ypsilotera remains the strongest fortress of Naxos.

The Monastery of Timios Stavros is a fortified monastery located in the valley of Agiassos outside the village of Sagri. It is one of the most important monuments of Naxos built around 1600. However, it was abandoned from the last group of monks in the 19th century. The monastery, known also as Vazeos Tower, hosts numerous cultural events every year.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Naxos is housed in a historical monument in Kastro of Hora. The museum collection includes specimens of the Cycladic civilization including marble idols, ceramic vases of the Mycenaean era, glass objects of the roman period as well as bronze weapons and tools. The most impressive exhibit is the marble statue of Antonius, the Roman General along with the archaic statues of Kouros and Kore.

The Archaeological Museum of Apiranthos is located in the village of Apiranthos. More than one thousands artifacts including marble figurines, tools and jewelry are exhibited in the museum from the Neolithic period and the Cycladic era.

The Byzantine Museum of Naxos is housed in one of the most imposing building of Kastro of Naxos. The Barozzi and Crispi family coats of arms decorate the entrance of the tower to remind the past owners of the monument. The last owner donated the tower to the state, and it houses the byzantine museum with information for the byzantine monuments of Naxos.

The Folklore Museum of Apiranthos possesses over one thousand items of popular art. Exhibits include a wide collection of equipment used for cultivation, collection and threshing of crops. Other exhibits include furniture, musical instruments and ceramic pieces.

The Natural History Museum of Apiranthos is dedicated to the rich flora and fauna of the island. The museum includes an aquarium with an exceptional collection of marine life organisms along with a collection dedicated on the land. The museum also organized educational activities.

The Geological Museum of Apiranthos is housed in the building of the primary school of Apiranthos. The museum displays more than two thousands samples or rock, minerals and fossils. The geological museum of Apiranthos is considered to be one of the richest geological museums in Greece.

The Venetian Museum of Naxos is housed in the Della Rocca – Barozzi Tower, which is considered as one of the most impressive mansions of the island. Although the mansion belonged to the family since 1704, it has been converted into a museum with a rich collection of furniture, garments and utensils. Also, some musical events take place in the courtyard from April through October.

The Vivlos Folklore Museum is housed in the restored olive mill of the village of Vivlos. The rich collection displays old equipment, traditional utensils, artisans tool, farmers equipment and old fabrics along with an old room of a traditional house.

Monuments

The Distillery of Vallindras has pioneered the renowned citron liquor of Naxos, one of the three aperitifs of Greece with a Protected Designation of Origin. The recipe of Marc G. Vallindras is a trusted family secret since 1896.The fifth generation of Vallindras family continues to produce this excellent aperitif in the village of Halki.

The Emery Mines of Naxos spread in an area of two hundred and fifty acres on the slopes of mount Amomaxis. The economy of the villages in the area, known as Smyridohoria, was long dependent on the operation of the mines. These villages include Apiranthos, Danakos, Keramoti, Skada, Messi and Koronos. It is not advisable to enter the galleries unaccompanied from a local who is familiar with the pitfalls.

The Olive Monuments of Naxos are scattered throughout the entire island. Although Naxos is not famed for producing olive oil, it boasts one of the most fertile oil basins in the Aegean. Testaments to this are the a hundred olive press mills of the island. Some of them have been restored and operate as museums. These include the Olive Museum of Eggares, the Olive Mill of Damalas, the Olive Mills of Koronos, the Olive Mill of Demari and the Olive Mill of Ioannis Sakelliadis.

The Industrial Mark of Stravolagada was one of the six loading stations for the emery mines in the area. Currently, a systematic effort to reclaim the landscape is underway involving the maintenance of footpaths and the renovation of buildings.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Rina is located close to a pristine beach in the area of Kalandos on the south coast of Naxos. Rina is a sea cave hosting some bird nests and a spring of fresh water on the left side. The cave is often visited from inflatable boats, as the beach is well sheltered from windy conditions.

The Cedar Forest of Alykos is one of the largest cedar forests of Greece located on the southwest side of the island. Spreading over an area of eight hundred acres, the forest consists from old trees of cedar, juniper, lentisk, thyme, broom and various wildflowers. The cedar forest of Alykos has been designated as a wildlife refugee.

The Mount of Zas is the highest mountain of the Cyclades. According to myths and legends, God Zeus was brought to Zas from Crete as a child in order to be saved from the anger of his father. Today, several bird species have found refugee on the island. Numerous trekking trails run through the mountain offering an amazing opportunity for lovers of hiking and nature.

The Spring of Aries is located two kilometers away from the village of Filoti. It is a charming area with a wonderful view of the village. This spot is an ideal location for a rest while the surrounding area is ideal for trekking enthusiasts, as there are numerous beautiful tracks.

The Waterfall of Routsounas have been created from the two major rivers of the island starting respectively from the mountains of Koronos and Fanari. The two rivers are joined on the western end of the village in the area of Dipotamata. As the water continues to flow through the rocks and the lush vegetation, they join into the stream that runs from the source of Karafon and creates the waterfall of Routsounas from a height of twenty meters. On the place where the waters are falling, there is a large plane tree and a lake with enough depth to swim. Even in summer, the springs maintain their flow creating an enchanting landscape.

The Wetland of Kalandos lies on the northernmost point of the island. It is the first station of the migratory bird species flying from Africa. It has been officially declared as a protected area due to its rare flora and fauna from the European Network of Natura 2000.

The Wetland of Ammiti is a huge wetland area spreading over an area of fifty two acres. On the beach of Ammiti, flows the stream of Pigi Skoulikarias. The wetland of Ammitis is a cradle of biodiversity and a rest station of migratory bird species. More specifically, the largest reed bed of Naxos has been developed in the wetland of Ammiti constituting a refugee for numerous marine species. It has been officially declared as a protected area due to its rare flora and fauna from the European Network of Natura 2000.

Promenades & Villages

Atsipapi is a medieval settlement located on the northeast side of the island. The majority of the houses have been built since the 15th century while the ruined houses suggest that they might have been built from the 9th century. The charming architecture of the settlement features different types of stonewalls, arches, traditional built ovens and grape pressing floors. Worth visiting sights includes the Church of Agios Isidoros along with the byzantine church of Panagia Kera. Lying in a beautiful verdant area, Atsipapi is an ideal destination for lovers of hiking.

Apiranthos is one of the most beautiful villages of Naxos located on the central part of the island. Known as the marble village, the mountainous settlement has an authentic character with wonderful houses made of marble, arches, Venetian towers, marble paved alleys and charming squares eluding a different atmosphere in the Cyclades. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit five interesting museums including the geological museum, the archaeological museum, the folklore museum, the natural history museum and the museum of visual arts. Apiranthos in Greek means plenty of flowers!

Damarionas is a mountainous village located on the south side of the island. Declared as traditional settlement, the village has an authentic character with whitewashed houses, charming squares and labyrinthine alleys. The inhabitants of Damarionas stand out for their hospitality. Worth visiting sights include the mansions of Bakalenas, Promponas and Vassilikoulas along with the charming square of Potirou with the huge old plane tree. On August 6, a large feast takes place in the village when the Church of the Christ celebrates the Transfiguration of the Savior.  You can also visit the neighboring village of Damalas known fro its preservation of culture and traditions. There, you will have the opportunity to visit the restored old olive mill along with the pottery workshop of Manolis Lybertas.

Eggares is a traditional village located on the west side of the island. Lying in a fertile valley, the quaint settlement has a relaxing aura embellished with whitewashed houses and cobblestone alleys. Worth visiting sights include the fortified monastery of Ypsilotera and the olive press museum of Eggares. You can also visit the neighboring farming village of Galini. This beautiful settlement with whitewashed houses and flowery gardens overlooking the verdant valley of olive groves and vineyards. The inhabitants of Galini are known for maintaining their traditional customs.

Filoti is one of the largest villages of Naxos located on the central part of the island. Built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes of Zas, the traditional settlement is surrounded from impressive summits. The cultural presence and the liveliness of Filoti are evident all around the settlement from the numerous cultural venues of the area. The main square of Gefyra is surrounded from traditional taverns and charming cafeterias shaded from a huge plane tree. The most important monuments of the village include the church of Panagia Filotissa and the Barozzi Tower. Other sights worth visiting is the Greek Numismatic Collection Museum of Nikolaos Moustakis. On August 15, the biggest traditional feast of Naxos takes place in Filoti hosting numerous cultural events. The village is known for its fine livestock products along with the sweet preserves of the women cooperative.

Halki is one of the most beautiful villages of Naxos located on the central part of the island. Lying on the biggest olive cultivation area of the Cyclades, Halki was once the capital of the island. The numerous preserved Venetian towers and byzantine church witness the long history of the settlement. The most important sights of the area include the church of Panagia Protothronos, the Barozzi tower and the distillery of Vallindras. The wider area of Tragea valley has been described as the Mystras of the Aegean following the numerous byzantine churches and monasteries.

Hora is the capital and harbor of Naxos located on the west side of the island. The settlement has a traditional atmosphere with whitewashed houses and old stone mansions dominated from the medieval castle. The Castle of Naxos is one of the best preserved fortified medieval settlements of Greece. According to tradition, the castle was constructed from the Venetian Crusader Marco Sanudo in the 13th century.  The northern part of the capital leads to the islands of Palatia and the imposing temple of Portara.

Keramoti is a traditional village located on the central part of the island. Built on a verdant ravine, the mountainous settlement has a traditional character with whitewashed houses and picturesque alleys. The views from the whitewashed church of the Holy Cross offers tremendous views over the east and west coastlines of Naxos. Keramoti has managed to preserve the traditional character of the area. An interesting folklore museum operates at the churchyard of the village. Lovers of exploring can visit the imposing waterfall of Routsounas and follow the beautiful hiking trails to discover the old stone bridge, the watermills and the verdant vegetation of the surrounding area.

Koronos is one of the largest villages of Naxos located on the northeast side of the island. Lying in a verdant valley of vineyards, the traditional settlement is one of the most charming villages of Naxos. The traditional architecture of Koronos along with the beautiful natural landscapes creates an authentic atmosphere. The central square is called Platsa from the locals! The village is known for its excellent quality wine and its fine agricultural products. In a close distance lies the church of Panagia Agrokiliotissa celebrating with a large religious festival every Friday after Easter Sunday. The haven of the village is the seaside settlement of Lionas. There, one can admire the entry point of the emery mines along with the attractive pebbled beach.

Komiaki is a verdant mountainous village located on the northernmost side of the island. Built on the mountain slopes of Koronos, the settlement is surrounded from orchards and grapevines overlooking the Ikarian Sea. Worth visiting sights include the church of Theoskepasti along with the restored buildings of the watermill, the olive mill and the wine press. The haven of the settlement is the harbor of Apollonas. The colossal marble statue of Kouros of Apollo lies just a few meters outside of the harbor while the remnants of the fortress of Kalogeros dominate a hilltop above the inlet. On June 28, the Fishermen Festival takes place in Apollonas.

Kourounohori is a mountainous village lying on the valley of Melanes on the west side of the island. Known as the flower village, Kourounohori is filled with flowery courtyards and gardens among the traditional houses. The most important monuments of the settlement include the Frangopoulos Tower, as it is one of the oldest of Naxos along with the museum housed in the old primary school.

Melanes is one of the oldest villages of Naxos located on the west side of the island. The dark color of the soil along with the verdant olive groves and fruit tress create astonishing natural sceneries. The mountainous settlement is surrounded from outstanding nature ideal for the lovers of hiking. In a close distance from Melanes lies the area of Flerio with the colossal statue of Kouros, the ancient aqueduct of Naxos and the Jesuit Palace of Kalamitsia. Also, the local traditional taverns are famous for their local delicacies.

Moutsounas is a seaside settlement located on the east side of the island. The charming hamlet has a picturesque atmosphere embellished with traditional fishing boats. Moutsounas was used for the transport of marble in antiquity. The surrounded area is dotted from wonderful beaches including Ligarida, Klidos and Psili Ammos.

Potamia is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. It is one of the greenest settlements of Naxos that comprises from the neighborhoods of Ano Potamia and Kato Potamia. The village has managed to preserve its traditional character. Standout features of the area is the square of Ano Potamia with the old water font, the unfinished colossal statue of Kore and the imposing mansion of Kokkos in Lierado neighborhood. The impressive remnants of Apano Kastro are seen on the hilltop on the way to the village of Drymalia. Generally, the surrounding area is an ideal place for lovers of hiking and walking.

Sagri is one of the most charming villages of Naxos located on the west side of the island. Listed as a protected settlement, the village is known for its medieval architecture with its beautiful houses and labyrinthine cobblestone alleys and the hospitality of their inhabitants. Worth visiting sights of the wider area include the archaeological site of Gyroula with the temple of Demeter along with the scattered byzantine churches and monasteries. One can also explore the beautiful beaches of Mikri Vigla, Kastraki and Orkos.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Beach of Agios Prokopios, West Naxos

Spot: Beach of Mikri Vigla, West Naxos

Spot: Temple of Apollo, Isle of Palatia

Spot: Windmills of Naxos, West Naxos

Spot: Village of Melanes, West Naxos

Excursions

Boat Tour: The circumnavigation of the island of Naxos is a beautiful experience. You will have the opportunity to discover the inaccessible areas of the island including the beaches of Kalandos, the cave of Rina and the exotic beaches of the peninsula of Alyko. Excursion boats operate from the harbor of Naxos.

Boat Trip: The Island of Donousa is a beautiful island of the small Cyclades. A handful of whitewashed houses reflect under the blinding light of the Cycladic sun and emerald and azure waters run in the golden beaches without a trace of shadow with the permanent sound of cicadas and the scent of watermelon from sunscreens. This is Donousa, a mysterious island of just thirteen square kilometers that, as the locals say, you can walk around it on foot. The natural terrain of the island boasts steep cliffs plunging into the sea while interesting hiking paths of the inland are passing through old farmhouses and rural churches. The island exhales a serene landscape of an indented coastline on the northeastern part and wonderful sandy beaches with emerald waters on the southern part. Stavros is the charming capital and harbour of Donousa. Whatever Donousa lacks in size, it replenish in colours; besides they say less is more. Some of the most beautiful seashores of the Cycladic coastline spread on this island that will make you want to spend there the rest of your journey. Donousa is home to the spectacular cave of Fokospilia; one of the last refuges of the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus Monachus, and the Cave of Tihos with impressive stalactites in the bay of Xylobatis. So if you are from those travellers who want to escape and experience something different, Donousa is the island for you.

Boat Trip: The Island of Heraklia is a beautiful island of the small Cyclades. What is there to say for this mysterious island of eighteen square kilometres? Heraklia is a diamond shaped island of the Small Cyclades lying between the islands of Ios and Naxos. In an island of a hundred fifty inhabitants, the permanent peace of Heraklia is swinging in the air. When you arrive at the charming harbor of Agios Georgios, you feel like you have disembarked from a time machine boat travelling to the past. .Heraklia is a tranquil island embellished from pristine mysterious beauty with scenic bays and crystalline waters with shipwrecks surrounded from smooth hills on a simple Cycladic architectural landscape of whitewashed houses and charming chapels. Maybe it’s the time for you to be charmed from the simplicity of virgin nature and the magic of tardiness liberating the freedom of living.

Boat Trip: The Islands of Koufonisia are two mysterious dots sail carefree in the the Aegean Sea. Ano Koufonisi is a charming island embellished with whitewashed houses of Cycladic architecture surrounded from golden beaches and crystal emerald and turquoise waters.  Whatever Koufonisia lacks in size, it replenish in landscapes and colors; besides they say less is more. The peacefulness of Ano Koufonisi emits an astonishingly mystic atmosphere spreading over an area of just four square kilometers while the wilderness of Kato Koufonisi releases a relaxing Cycladic aura surrounded from the sapphire waters of the sea with the shadow of the Cycladic silhouette of the island of Keros hiding in the deep sea. The boundless blue of the Aegean is matching with the white and blue houses of Koufonisia creating a magical atmosphere. Koufonisia are a paradise of natural beauty boasting a unique geomorphology with steep rocky shores and coves surrounded from beaches of tropical beauty with golden sand and emerald waters. An island blessed with strips of golden sand interchanging with wave carved rocks and the wild sight of caves, a beautiful escape to the unknown.

Boat Trip: The Island of Schinousa possesses a special energy that will make you appreciate the simple moments in life. The harmonic sceneries of the island will undoubtedly fulfill your every day. Schinoussa is a place you will find peace of mind while the simplicity and kindness of the local people will make you feel like you become part of their lives. The indented coastline of Schinoussa is blessed with the magic of the deep blue. Staring at the endless horizon of the sea elicits an indescribable feeling of freedom. Although Schinoussa is a small island, you will always find a place to isolate yourself to feel peace and tranquility.   Fresh air, hospitable people, beautiful sceneries and the feeling of serenity; what else you might need?

Activities

Bird Watching: The Wetlands of Ammiti and Kalandos have been officially declared as protected areas due to their rare flora and fauna from the European Network of Natura 2000. The wetland of Ammitis is a cradle of biodiversity and a rest station of migratory bird species. More specifically, the largest reed bed of Naxos has been developed in the wetland of Ammiti constituting a refugee for numerous marine species.

Camping: Are you a camping lover? You will find camping sites at the beach of Maragas.

Diving: The varied coastline of Naxos offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. Shipwrecks, sunken aircrafts and sea caves are some of the most interesting diving spots. Recommended areas for diving include the shipwrecks of Baufighter, Marianna and the islet of Frouros. One can find diving centers in the beaches of Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios and Kambos.

Hiking: The hinterland of Naxos hides millions of surprises. The opportunity to discover these beauties on foot is a beautiful experience. (1) One of the most beautiful routes includes the one starting from the chapel of Agia Marina in the village of Danakos leading to the highest mountain of the Cyclades, Zas. There, one will admire one of the most panoramic views of the islands of the Cyclades. Discover the hiking routes of the island from the Official Website of Naxos.

Kitesurfing: Naxos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing. The bay of Mikri Vigla offers ideal conditions for someone to practice his favorite sport. There is also a kitesurfing center on the beach of Mikri Vigla.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Naxos is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of Naxos. Discover the cycling routes of the island from the Official Website of Naxos.

Sailing: With an endless coastline, Naxos is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Sailing around the southern coast of the island is fully recommended. Ideal anchorage points include the cove of Kouroupas, the bay of Panormos, the beach of Agios Prokopios and the beach of Mikri Vigla. There are also sailing excursions offered.

Windsurfing: Naxos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing. The beaches of Ammitis, Agios Georgios and Agiassos are suitable for wave style. The lagoon of Agios Georgios is one of the friendliest spots in Greece for starters. Windsurfing centers can be found in the beaches of Agios Georgios, Mikri Vigla and Plaka.

Beaches

Abram is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the quietest beaches of Naxos ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Numerous facilities can be found in the nearby settlement of Apollonas.

Agia Anna is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. The beach consists from numerous sandy beaches and coves. Agia Anna is one of the most popular beaches of Naxos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars.

Agiassos is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is a beautiful beach protected from strong winds ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Agios Georgios is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Naxos due to its close proximity from Hora. Agios Georgios is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars. The beach offers beautiful views towards the island of Paros. Also, Agios Georgios is an ideal spot for windsurfing.

Agios Prokopios is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the country and Europe. The long sandy beach extends over an endless coast protected from the strong winds. The beach is partially organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and water sport facilities. The other part of the beach is really beautiful touched only from Mother Nature.

Alyko is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquility. Above the beach of Alyko lies a unique cedar forest with beautiful sand dunes that has been declared as a protected natural area.

Ammitis is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is a beautiful beach offering wonderful sunsets. The beach is exposed to northerly winds, an ideal spot for windsurfing. The estuary of a stream forms a wetland.

Glyfada is an endless sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Naxos ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Kalandos is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is a beautiful beach lying in front of the important wetland with numerous bird species. Kalandos is an ideal place for lovers of nature.

Kastraki is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. The long sandy beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility.

Klidos is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southeast side of the island. It actually consists from several sandy beaches ideal for those looking for tranquility.

Melinos is a sandy cove with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. The charming cove is ideal for those looking for tranquility.

Mikri Vigla is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. Actually, the beach consists from two sandy beaches separated from an impressive hill. The northern beach is ideal for lovers of windsurfing and kitesurfing while the southern beach, known as Sahara, is a long sandy beach ideal for those looking for tranquility.

Orkos is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. The beach consists from charming coves and impressive red coloured hills creating beautiful sceneries. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Orkos is also an ideal windsurfing spot.

Plaka is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Naxos. The beach is organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, and beach bars.

Psili Ammos is sandy beach with blue waters located on the east side of the island. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Psili Ammos offers wonderful views towards the island of Donousa.

Pyrgaki is sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Naxos. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Pyrgaki is also an ideal windsurfing spot. It is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, and taverns.

Ytonas is a sandy cove with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most isolated beaches of Naxos ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The rocky formations of Ytonas create dramatic sceneries.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Bossa: Coffee, Hora

Cedar: Coffee, Plaka Beach

Chocolat: Breakfast & Coffee, Hora

Meli kai Kanella: Coffee, Hora

Rotonda: Coffee, Apiranthos

Sala: Coffee, Apiranthos

Thalassea Beach Bar: Coffee, Mikri Vigla Beach

Waffle House: Ice Cream and Waffles, Hora

1739 Terrasee Cafe: Coffee, Hora

Gastronomic Delights

Axiotissa: Greek Cuisine, Kastraki

Barbounis: Seafood, Agios Prokopios

Elliniko: Greek Cuisine, Hora

Faros tou Alykou: Greek Cuisine, Kastraki

Gorgona: Seafood, Agia Anna

Irini’s: Greek Cuisine, Hora

Kontos: Greek Cuisine, Mikri Vigla

Lefteris: Greek Cuisine, Apiranthos

L’Osteria: Italian Cuisine, Hora

Metaxi mas: Greek Cuisine, Hora

Nikos: Greek Cuisine, Hora

Ostria: Mediterranean Cuisine, Moutsouna

Palatia: Greek Cuisine, Agia Anna

Pigi: Greek Cuisine, Potamia

Platanos: Greek Cuisine, Apiranthos

Platsa: Greek Cuisine, Koronos

Scirocco: Mediterranean Cuisine, Hora

Thalassaki: Seafood, Isternia

Cocktails Inspirations

Island: Cocktails and Drinks, Agia Anna

Karma: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Mojo: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Swing: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

The Ocean Club: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Veggera: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Yazoo: Cocktails and Drinks, Plaka

520: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include the excellent quality of potatoes, tomatoes, olive oil, honey and the fine cheeses of Naxos. Some of the cheeses include ladotiri, kefalotiri, sweet mizithra, anthotiro, xinomizithra, and graviera. Also, the island is renowned for the famous liquor of citron. At last, the fine marble of Naxos is famous since antiquity.

The local specialties of the island include sefoukloti, the traditional pie made from herbs, spinach, oregano, onions and olive oils, patoudo, a dish made with lamb stuffed with various herbs and garnished from potatoes, and the delicious sweet preserves from the local fruits and vegetables.

Events & Festivals

Every February and March, the Naxos Carnival takes place in Naxos hosting numerous cultural festivities.

Every 14th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agios Nikodeimos Agioritis takes place in the capital of Naxos. Agios Nikodeimos Agioritis is the patron saint of the island and a lively feast is held with food and drinks.

Every 17th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agia Marina takes place in the village of Koronos.

Every August, the Domus Festival takes place in the Venetian castle of Naxos hosting numerous cultural and musical events.

Every August, the Axia International Festival takes place in the village of Halki. The festival hosts numerous classical music events.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in the capital of Naxos. However, the most well known festival is held in the village of Filoti.

Every September, the Dionysia Festival takes place in the island. Dionysia is one of the most renowned festivals of Naxos with numerous events including musical concerts, theatrical performances crowned from the wine feast in honor of God Dionysus.

Every summer, the Naxos Summer Festival takes place in the Tower of Bazeos hosting numerous cultural events.

Every September, the Raki Distillery Festival takes place in Naxos.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, God Dionysus, the god of wine, grew up on the island of Naxos. This myth explains the reason for the vineyards and the fine wine of Naxos. Also, Naxos is the place where Dionysus kidnapped Ariadne. Ariadne was the princess of Crete who helped Theseus find his way in the labyrinthine of Knossos after killing the Minotaur.

History

Naxos was one of the most important centers of civilization of the Cyclades during the ancient period. Archaeological evidence shows that the island was first inhabited from the Thracians and the Carians. Afterwards, the island was dominated from the Ionians who contributed to the growth of the island in the shipping industry during the 7th century BC. During the Persian Wars, the rebellion of Naxos encouraged other cities to join the fight against the Persians. On the Peloponnesian War, the Spartans took control of Naxos. The island was dominated from a succession of authorities including the Macedonian Empire, the Ptolemy of Egypt, the Rhodians and the Roman Empire. However, the history of Naxos was marked from the Venetians. In 1207, Marco Sanudo dominated in the Cyclades establishing the Duchy of the Aegean and Naxos served as the headquarters of the duchy.  The power of the Venetians lasted until 1564, the time when the Ottomans took over the entire country. Naxos has a privileged position during that time as they negotiated with the Venetians, and they had only to pay the taxes to the Ottomans. Naxos became a part of the State of Greece in 1831.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Naxos has a national airport operating flights on a daily basis from the International Airport of Athens. The journey usually lasts from thirty to forty five minutes. . Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (100 and 122 Nautical Miles): Naxos is accessible by boat from the harbors of Rafina and Piraeus. The journey lasts from four to five hours. Naxos is also connected with the islands of Donousa, Heraklia, Koufonisia, Mykonos, Paros and Schinoussa amongst others.Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

An Amazing Driving Route: Apiranthos to Apollonas

Grab your keys, get into the car and drive from the village of Apiranthos to the village of Apollonas! It is an amazing ride!

Art Exhibitions in the Tower of Markopolitis

Numerous art exhibitions take place in the Tower of Markopolitis in Kerami during the summer! Also, one or twice a week there are live music events in the Venetian Castle of Hora! Having a glass of wine under the rhythms of music and the view of the Aegean is definitely a memorable experience! There is always an announcement posted on message boards in Naxos Town.

Bird Watching at Its Best: Naxos Wetlands

The particular environmental profile of Naxos has received international recognition and has been included in the European Network of Natura 2000! Discover more for the important biotopes of Naxos from the Official Website of Naxos!

Ceramics and Pottery: Manolis Lybertas Workshop

The traditional pottery workshop of Manolis Lybertas offers the travellers the opportunity to discover the craftsman’s creative ways as he shapes the clay, from beginning to end. The pottery workshop is located in the village of Damalas.

Charming Chapel: The Chapel of Agios Sozos

One of the most charming chapels of the island is the chapel of Agios Sozos located next to the sea in the area of Kalandos. According to tradition, the chapel was built from a merchant after his boat that was carrying olive oil was sunk in the area. While battling with the waves, the merchant vowed that he would built a church if he survived. So, he poured olive oil into the foundations as a tribute and named Holy Savior.

Discover the Cheeses of Naxos

The island of Naxos is known for its delicious cheeses! Discover the traditional cheese making methods of production from the Cheese Factory of Naxos!

Explore the Unexplored: Mysterious Villages

Worth visiting the village of Akadimi for the imposing tower house of Markopolitis and the watermills of Barozzi and Goufas, the village of Kaloxylos for the charming architecture and the church of Panagia Damniotissa, the village of Tripodes for the traditional windmills, the village of Messi for the traditional feast of Agia Paraskevi on July 26 and the village of Kinidaros for the musical tradition.

Explore Verdant Sceneries and Flowing Waterfalls

The cedar forest of Alykos, the spring of Aries, the mount of Zas and the wetlands of Ammitis and Kalandos compose the beautiful natural sceneries of Naxos. One should definitely visit the mysterious beauties of the hinterland of Naxos! Grab a map and discover it!

Hiking at Its Best: Naxos Emery Mines

The Emery Mines of Naxos spread in an area of two hundred and fifty acres on the slopes of mount Amomaxis. The economy of the villages in the area, known as Smyridohoria, was long dependent on the operation of the mines. These villages include Apiranthos, Danakos, Keramoti, Skada, Messi and Koronos. It is not advisable to enter the galleries unaccompanied from a local who is familiar with the pitfalls. You can call Mr. Manolis Manolas at 0030 6944 60 7672.

It’s Sunset Time

Watching the sunset from the Temple of Portara in Palatia is considered to be one of the best sunset locations of Greece! Also, it is an ideal location for watching the full moon through the Temple Gate of Apollo! Also, you can visit the area of Grotta to enjoy magnificent views of the temple of Portara!

Movies under the Stars of the Aegean

Cine Astra is an open air cinema offering a relaxed vista under the bright stars of the Aegean. The cinema operates from June until September.

Natural Explorations: Blossoming Orchid Spring

Although the first image that comes to your mind when thinking of the Cyclades is the dry and arid landscape with the turquoise waters, this is not the case of Naxos! Orchid lovers may be interested to know that orchids on Naxos begin blossoming as early as January until March and May, blossoming until late June! On Naxos, orchids are plenty in the stretch of the road Galanado to Halki!

Observing like An Olympian God

Are you wondering where you can admire a panoramic view of the entire complex of the Cyclades? Climb up to the mount of Zas, the highest mountain of the Cyclades! Also, you can visit the acropolis of Panormos to watch the beautiful view towards the islands of Koufonisia! Likewise, you can either visit the tower of Zevgoli in Apiranthos or the monastery of Christ Photodoti to enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas!

Olives and Oil: The Annual Festival of Oil

Every year, the village of Damalas celebrates the traditional process of olive making by hosting a feast with local culinary delights and traditional music. The feast usually takes place late January to early February.

One time in 365 days: The Traditional Celebration of Panagia Parthena

Just opposite of the bay of Mikri Vigla lies the islet of Panagia Parthena. There, the traditional celebration of the chapel takes place thirty nine days after Easter. People visit the island by boat from Mikri Vigla. This is the only time that the chapel actually can be visited!

Raki: The Raki Festival of Naxos

One of the most renowned festivals of the island is the Raki Distillation Festival that takes place every September in the Municipality of Drymalia. The festival involves a great feast for the people of Naxos. As the gape harvesting process continues until the mid of September and then the distillation process begins, it is celebrated with this festival!

Taste the Citron Liquor of Naxos

One of the most renowned products of Naxos is the citron liquor, one of the three Greek aperitifs with a Protected Designation of Origin. The family of Vallindras has pioneered the renowned citron liquor of Naxos. The recipe of Marc G. Vallindras is a trusted family secret since 1896.The fifth generation of Vallindras family continues to produce this excellent aperitif in the village of Halki.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing at Its Best: Blessed from the Winds

Naxos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing. The beaches of Ammitis, Agios Georgios and Agiassos are suitable for wave style. The lagoon of Agios Georgios is one of the friendliest spots in Greece for starters. Windsurfing centers can be found in the beaches of Agios Georgios, Mikri Vigla and Plaka. The bay of Mikri Vigla offers ideal conditions for someone to practice his favorite sport. There is also a kitesurfing center on the beach of Mikri Vigla.

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Agiassos Beach: Qrunner by Panoramio

Agios Prokopios Beach: Gerben100 by Panoramio

Apiranthos Village: E. Papadakis by Panoramio

Apollonas Village: Ana ADI by Flickr

Castle of Naxos: Tilemahos Efthimiadis by Flickr

Filoti Village: Alan Wainwright by Flickr

Halki Village: M_Fdez by Panoramio

Kastraki Beach: Michael Schmid by Flickr

Marble: Bobby800 by Panoramio

Mountainside: Random_Fotos by Flickr

Naxos by night: Piermanuele Sberni by Flickr

Plaka Beach: Random_Fotos by Flickr

Portara Temple: Shutterstock

Potamia Village: Imellos Pantelis by Panoramio

Pyrgaki beach: Dimitris Gikas by Panoramio

Temple of Gyroula: Graeme Churchard by Flickr