Geologist and teacher Yiota Margariti loves her work as an educator. It is during the summer months however where her passion for unveiling the best of her island through hiking and storytelling awakens. Yiota is recognized as a certified guide who can engagingly convey the culture, heritage and history of Naxos to visitors. She was born and raised on the island, returning to it as an adult after 12 years of studying geology at the University of Athens and working in the capital.
One of Yiota’s most endearing and appreciated talents is her love for exploring all the hidden treasures of the island and teasing out the secrets of its complex, multifaceted history. She transmits her fascinating insights to people with particular focus on the local way of life.
To this end, Yiota joined forces with other individuals in creating what is known in Greece as a Social Cooperative Enterprise, whose aim is to serve local interests, promote employment, further social cohesion and promote development. “We promote sectors, such as culture, environment protection, ecology, education, utility services, promotion of local products, maintenance of traditional activities and crafts, and more” says Yiota when asked to explain what exactly this noble enterprise does.
Ecotourism Greece is particularly proud of this relatively new form of collaborative social initiatives that push local sustainability, and Naxos Trekking is an excellent example in this respect.
For all tours:
Larger groups can be arranged if requested.
A free menu lunch* can be arranged in a “Farm to Table” village tavern with an extra cost 40 Euros per person, upon request.
*The lunch will include a salad, two meze dishes, a main dish and a drink per person.
0-2 y.o. free of charge (should be on their parents’ arms
2-6 y.o. free of charge (under parental supervision)
Parents should be aware that the trails are natural and might have rocks, trees, and bushes.