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Naxos island - Beautiful islands of Cyclades you wait!!!

07/04/2017
Naxos island - Beautiful islands of Cyclades you wait Naxos island - Beautiful islands of Cyclades you wait




As the Cyclades’ largest island, and one of its most highly populated, it could be said that Naxos has something for everyone. It is different from any other island of the Cyclades in that there is always a bit of a buzz off-season and on. Explore this little city in the Cyclades, autumn, winter, spring and, of course, summer!


Naxos is an island that offers an island escape any time of year.

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On Naxos you have the advantage of a remote and holistic experience with the security of a large island equipped with goods and services.

Take to the mountains, the green valleys, remote villages or seacoasts and in close proximity is Naxos’s populated downtown.

Daily flights from Athens and boat schedules from Piraeus and Santorini in the off-season and other islands of the Cyclades (Mykonos, Paros and others) make Naxos an ideal “big-island meets little-city” break destination.

Adventure, cultural, culinary and well-being holidays are on the rise. And Naxos provides the chance to experience these and more.

A mostly mountainous island, with alternating landscape of torrents, gorges, caves, basins, plateaus and valleys, encircled by 91 km of pristine coastline, Naxos is great place to experience the outdoors, from hiking, mountain biking and water sports, to culinary expeditions such as partaking in the wine or olive oil harvest.

The island's many archaeological sites, museums, medieval castle, Old Town, busy port and dining venues are also open and ready to be discovered … off-season and on!

 

 

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Architecture

Naxos’s architectural heritage, shaped by the different cultures of peoples and conquerors that set foot on the island over the ages, features a wide variety of monuments which reflect a rich folk tradition in the building of houses, churches and other edifices.

The period that made the most decisive contribution to the Naxos’s present architectural profile is that of the Frankish dominance, which accounts for Chora’s medieval citadel (Kastro) and the imposing Venetian tower houses dispersed throughout the island.

Architecture in the villages remained traditional, as construction was based on the dictates of climate, geomorphology, the particular housing requirements, the options available to the local masons and the building materials available in each locality.

The overall picture of Naxos’s architecture fits the general style characteristic of the Cycladic groups of islands: White houses –with two levels at most and no surface being absolutely flat- built next to each other, their courtyards accessed via stone-paved alleyways and stairs.

Residences were of three main types: the mansions, the folk houses and the tower houses.

 

Cultural Heritage and Tradition


Naxos has always nurtured a lively relationship between man and art, ever since the first statuettes, the first vessels and the first creations in marble by known and unknown technicians in the Proto-Cycladic period (3200-2000 BC).

Temples and sanctuaries, citadels, mansions and humble folk houses were mingled into the indissoluble web of time together with traditional crafts, such as weaving, wood carving, iconography etc.

Alongside, music, song, feasting and dance gave an outlet to joy, the sorrows and the dreams of the people of Naxos, leaving an invaluable legacy to modern researchers.


Geography and Nature



“If paradise was on Earth, it would be here,” wrote Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece’s foremost 20th century writer, about the short spell he spent as a teenager in Naxos’s fertile valley of Eggares.

The nature of Naxos talks to the heart of every artist with its authenticity, richness and simplicity.

The island is marked by great variety: mountains with ravines, caves and gullies shade verdant valleys with olive, fig, orange, lemon trees and vineyards, abundant waters.

The valleys end at smooth, sandy beaches adorned with juniper and tamarisk trees; villages are surrounded by fields and vegetable gardens; migratory birds find refuge on trees, while wild pigeons and swifts in the inaccessible coastal rocks.

Protected biotopes with rare fauna and flora complete the mosaic of an island that offers the visitor all the lavish gifts of nature.

But the seabed surrounding Naxos also offers another, exciting world, with marine ecosystems of astounding beauty, huge variety, reefs and rocks full of life, meadows of Posidonia oceanica with colorful plates and reefs.

Just choose your route, either on or off shore, and abandon yourself to the magic of Naxos’s nature. The thrill is there throughout the year.

 

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Mythical Naxos


Mythology holds an outstanding position in Naxos’s web of history and civilization.

The figures of Dionysus, Zeus, Apollo, Ariadne and Demeter are woven with indelible colors in memory and time, never ceasing to stir interest and imagination. In the island’s age-old history myths blend with reality, with abundant archaeological finds dating to all periods throwing light on the historical reality behind every myth.

Dionysus, Semele, Theseus, Ariadne, nymphs, Nereids -- goddesses of the sea, tyrants, conquerors, pirates, noblemen and farmers and heroes have left their traces widely dispersed throughout the time and space of this island, composing a magical game between legends and history.

 

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Naxos Town (Chora)



Deep in the mists of time, the beginnings of the history of Chora are intertwined with mythical beings, legends and heroes that are later succeeded by distinct eras: Mycenean, Roman, Byzantine and the periods of Venetian and Ottoman occupations.

Its many monuments speak about a splendid past - the most characteristic one being Portara, the imposing propylon, or monumental gateway of the 6th century temple of Apollo on Palatia, the islet by the harbor.

One glimpse of Chora’s past is given by the archaeological site of the Mycenean city of Grotta - large parts of which are submerged in the sea or lie under the built-up northern section of the town.

Equally rich is Chora’s medieval history, amply indicated by its monuments and neighborhoods from Kastro to Bourgos.

But the town also has a modern side, full of life throughout the year, with dozens of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

It has all the services needed by the visitor and its shops supply all the local products, items of folk art (fabrics, baskets, ceramics) and jewelry, while its restaurants feature the broadly varied local cuisine. It is not surprising that Chora is one of the favorite towns for visitors in the Cyclades.

The Villages of Naxos



A tour of the villages of Naxos is a unique experience, a journey into the history and past of the island, with myths and heroes, medieval legends, folk customs that survive intact to this day.

Coastal areas are refreshed by Aegean Sea breezes, the uplands by mountain coolness. Colors alternate, and so do the sounds: the waves, the gurgling waters of a stream, the squeaking reeds, the rustling leaves and so many other sounds accompany the visitor on every step.

 

 

 

 

Churches and monasteries of rare historical value, mansions and towers, caves, trails, mines, threshing floors and vineyards give these villages a great wealth of sights that is difficult to encounter on any other island.

Aggidia

The pretty little village of Aggidia, built in amphitheatric fashion at the southwestern foot of Chrysostomos hill, 3km from Chora, gazes at the fertile Livadia valley below, the main town and the blue sea further beyond.


Agios Arsenios (Agersani)

Agios Arsenios, or Agersani as the locals call it, is one of the largest villages of western Naxos and near some of the island’s most attractive beaches, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and the seemingly endless expanse of Plaka.


Agios Thalleleos

Agios Thalleleos is one of the four settlements comprising the community of Melanes, in western Naxos.


Akadimi

With small houses close to each other and replete with colorful gardens, the village of Akadimi, in the heart of the Tragea valley, is as pretty as a picture postcard.


Apiranthos

Apiranthos, or “t’Aperathou” in local speech, is built at the foot of Mt. Fanari, at 600m above sea level and 28km from main town Chora.


Apollonas

Apollonas, the port of the settlement of Komiaki on Naxos’s northeastern coast, has been inhabited since antiquity, mainly on account of the marble quarry that extends to the north and west.



Argokili

Argokili is a small settlement in northeastern Naxos, with superb sea views but best known for the monastery of Panagia Argokiliotissa.


Atsipapi

Atsipapi is a medieval settlement in northeastern Naxos, in the midst of a beautifully lush area with many footpaths that make it ideal for hiking.


Bloumas

Near the village of Tripodes, on the way to the Venetian tower of Belonias and on the dirt road that leads to Glinado, is the small traditional settlement of Bloumas


Chalki

Heading for the Tragea valley from Naxos port the visitor is struck by the change in scenery.


Damalas

Damalas, a small village spread in amphitheatric fashion at the foot of Lagos hill in the valley of Tragea, is visible from many other locations on the island and offers fantastic views.


Damarionas

Situated on the southern side of the olive groves in the Tragea basin, the picturesque village of Damarionas, with its mansions, whitewashed houses and alleyways, churches in the authentic Cycladic style and pretty squares, has been officially designated as a traditional settlement.

Danakos

Danakos is a small picturesque village situated deep in a gorge at the foot of Mt. Zas, on Naxos’s eastern side.


Eggares

Eggares is a small farming village in the midst of a fertile plain still bearing the marks of blissful times that left an indelible impression on prominent writer Nikos Kazantzakis in his teens, at the end of the 19th century.


Filoti

Economically and culturally vibrant Filoti is the largest of Naxiot villages.


Galanado

Galanado, a village built in amphitheatric fashion and with views of the lush valley of Livadi and of Chora further beyond


Galini

Galini is a small farming village built in amphitheatric fashion on the western side of the Eggares valley, with pretty houses and well-tended flower gardens.


Glinado

Glinado is a farming village, one the three that share the fertile Livadi valley –the largest of the island in its southwest and after which they are collectively named as Livadochoria.

Kadis

The small settlement of Kadis is situated south of the village of Keramoti, on the hill of Vouno.


Kalantos

Kalantos, a seaside village with a population of roughly 100, is situated at the southernmost part of Naxos.


Kaloxylos

Kaloxylos is one of Tragea valley’s most picturesque villages, next to Chalki. Situated in an area lush with olive, plane and oak trees, it is well-known for its pretty houses and especially for the rare flowers in their courtyards.


Keramoti

Built deep amid a nature-rich ravine graced by small stone-walled houses and narrow picturesque alleys not accessible to cars, Keramoti is a traditional village in the Naxos uplands, located at Stavros Keramotis –the largest intersection of rural roads on the island.


Komiaki

Komiaki is the northernmost village of Naxos. Built in amphitheatric fashion on the ridge of Mt. Koronos and surrounded by orchards and grapevines, it overlooks the Icarian Sea, although it is not visible from the coastal areas of Naxos.


Koronos

Koronos is one of the oldest settlements in northeastern Naxos, set in a lush, enchanting spot at 540m above sea level, on the slopes of a ravine between Mt. Amomaxis and Mt. Koronos.


Kourounochori

Kourounochori is one of four beautiful villages in the Melanes valley. Built on the lush slope of a hill, it is well-protected from northerly winds and noted for its mild climate throughout the year.


Kynidaros

A village in the Naxos uplands, about 15km east of main town Chora, Kynidaros carries a rich and tumultuous past, as well as vibrant musical tradition, as highlighted by the numerous events staged here, possibly more frequently than in any other village of Naxos.


Lionas

Lionas is the seaport of Koronos, a picturesque seaside settlement in northeastern Naxos and the old emery shipping station before the construction of the cable railway.


Melanes

The community of Melanes is considered one of Naxos’s most ancient settlements, built in amphitheatric fashion on the slope of a hill overlooking the same-name fertile valley.


Messi

Messi is a small, picturesque village in the northeastern part of the island, with a centenarian plane tree (“Platanos”) next to a water spring as landmark.


Metochi and Kerami

A pretty village in the Tragea valley, about halfway on the road connecting Chalki and Filoti, with wonderful gardens and cool courtyards


Moni

This village in the Naxos uplands (500m) rewards visitors with ample views of the central Tragea plateau –and the sea on a clear day- as well as with its strong traditional color.


Monitsia

In recent years, an increasing number of people, including foreigners, have chosen to build their holiday homes in Monitsia –a pretty village with few permanent residents but still flowered courtyards, set amidst the olive groves and the lush vegetation of the Tragea valley.


Moutsouna

All settlements on Naxos’s eastern coast are considered as outlets to the sea of Apiranthos, and properties are overwhelmingly owned by its residents.


Myli

A wonderful landscape and a sense of a pristine natural environment enchant the visitor to Myli, a small village in the lush Melanes valley in western Naxos.


Potamia

Potamia is a traditional village set in the heart of a wonderfully lush and cool valley, replete with monuments of Naxos’ history and its economic and cultural past since the Middle Ages –water mills, chapels and ruined towers.


Sagri

Built on a fertile plateau in Naxos’s west, Sagri is one of the island’s most picturesque villages.

Skado

Skado is a small, traditional settlement, built in amphitheatric fashion on the slopes of Mt. Koronos.


Tsikalario and Chimarros

The history of Tsikalario and Chimarros, the two hamlets that form the settlement of Zoodochos Pigi in the Tragea valley, is closely linked with Apano Kastro –an important fortified position from antiquity to Venetian times, located to the west of the village.


Vivlos (Tripodes)

Tripodes, or Vivlos, is one of the largest and most picturesque villages in southwestern Naxos, 9km from Chora and very near the famous beach of Plaka.


Vourvouria

Vourvouria is a small, picturesque village in central Naxos, situated in a fertile area between two small rivers.

 

Beach of Naxos 
Many Cycladic islands are renowned for their beaches but Naxos is the only one that can boast an endless coastline comprising a string of beaches of incredible beauty, with superb turquoise waters and golden sands.

On Naxos there are beaches unspoiled or organized, hidden beaches to discover, beaches for water sports or family recreation; beaches next to ancient monuments, near important wetlands, medieval forts or Byzantine churches; beaches only a step away the from main town Chora, and beaches in areas of exceptional natural beauty, untouched by civilization or tourism.

 

 

 

 

 

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Naxos has beaches befitting for a variety of tastes –this is what makes it one of the popular Aegean islands.

Abram

A quiet beach next to the small settlement of Kampos on the island’s northwest coast, Abram is ideal for swimming and water sports, particularly windsurfing during annual summer winds known as meltemia.


Agia Anna

Agia Anna beach, a continuation of Agios Prokopios beach, ranks as one of Naxos’s most renowned coastal spots.


Agiassos

Agiassos beach offers an enticing 750-meter stretch of fine sand and crystal-clear, shallow waters on the southwestern coast of Naxos. It is one of the island’s most unspoiled beaches


Agii Theodori

Pebble-covered and unspoilt, Agii Theodori beach is located on the island’s northern coast. The Byzantine church Agios Theodoros, from which the beach takes its name, is an attraction.


Agios Fykas

A small but gorgeous beach, Agios Fykas is located on the northeast coast of Naxos.


Agios Georgios

Credited with a “blue flag” beach-quality tag, and located just a short distance from the main town, Chora, Agios Georgios rates as the best choice of beach for those who do not wish to distance themselves from the capital.

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Agios Prokopios

Agios Prokopios, located just 4km from the island’s port, ranks as the island’s most acclaimed, surpassing all others in terms of distinctions earned, both from Greece and abroad.


Ai Giorgis Voridis

The well-sheltered, pretty little harbor of Ai Giorgis Voridis, named after the chapel of Agios Georgios, lies about 2.5km from Messi village, in the northeastern part of Naxos.


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The small inlets located below the juniper tree forest at Alyko peninsula offer visitors gorgeous sandy beaches with turquoise waters.


Ammitis

Ammitis, the nearest beach to the village of Eggares, on the island’s northwestern coast, is a long stretch of white sand, with crystal-clear waters, and offers wonderful sunsets.


Apollonas

Apollonas, a lovely beach accompanying the settlement of the same name, is located on Naxos’s northeastern coast.


Azalas

Azalas beach is located on the island’s eastern side, next to Moutsouna bay, approximately 11km from Apiranthos.

Chilia Vryssi

Chilia Vryssi is an attractive beach on the northwestern coast of Naxos.


Glyfada

Glyfada is an enormous sandy beach on the southwestern coast of Naxos. The landscape here features sand dunes and shady juniper trees at many points.


Grotta

Grotta acquired its name from the Italian word grotta, meaning cave. This beach is located at the main town Chora’s northern seaside.


Kalantos

Well-protected from windy conditions and located at the edge of the bay with the same name, this alluring sandy beach at Naxos’s southernmost point has crystal-clear, shallow waters.


Kampos

Well protected from windy weather, Kampos, located on the island’s northwestern coast, is ideal for swimming and fishing.


Kastraki

Kastraki is a small cove located behind the Mikri Vigla peninsula and next to Glyfada beach.


Klidos

Klidos is a complex of sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters. It is located next to the settlement of the same name, on the island’s southeastern coast.


Ligaridia

Ligaridia, a small pebble-covered beach with deep waters, lies next to the settlement of the same name, on the island’s eastern coast.


Lionas

This is the attractive beach at the picturesque Lionas settlement and cove, on the island’s northeastern coast.


Melinos

A small bay with a sandy beach, Melinos is located on the island’s northern coast.


Mikra

Sandy, picturesque and well protected from windy weather, Mikra caters to all tastes, especially individuals preferring tranquility and relaxation.


Mikri Vigla - Parthena - Limanaki

Mikri Vigla was used as an observation point during Frankish rule, designed to provide advance warning against pirates approaching the island.

Moutsouna

Moutsouna cove features two lovely beaches with fine sand and crystal-clear shallow waters, ideal for families with young children.


Orkos

Comprising a series of small inlets between Plaka and Mikri Vigla, Orkos is located on Naxos’s southwestern side


Panermos

Sheltered by the gulf at the island’s southeastern coast, Panermos harbor is almost always windless.


Plaka

A favorite of the hippies in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Plaka beach remains one of the most attractive and popular on Naxos.

 

 Psili Ammos

A spellbinding beach on the island’s southeastern coast, Psili Ammos is spread before a juniper tree forest and offers a view of neighboring Koufonissi.


Pyrgaki

An enormous sandy beach with a strong sense of wide open space, Pyrgaki is located on the southwestern coast of the island, with views of the nearby island of Iraklia and of Ios further beyond.


Spedo

Located on the island’s southern coast, Spedo is a an unspoiled beach with immaculately clean waters in an area graced by rare natural beauty.


Vintzi

Vintzi, the smaller of two beaches at main town Chora, lies to its northern side, below Portara.


Ytonas

Ytonas is the first beach encountered once passed Cape Stavros, on Naxos’s northern coast.

 

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