Considered the largest island of the Cyclades spread over 448 square kilometres with a population of 20,000, Naxos is known for its cuisine, charm and hidden surprises. Historical significance, architectural landmarks, castles, towers, mountains and fertile valleys await the visitor.

The market in Hora offers a variety of local delicacies, as well as handicrafts, ceramics, baskets and traditional artwork. Long sandy beaches and many delicious restaurants dot the island, as well as attractive mountain villages that are enchanting in architecture and warmth. Some of the villages and towns to visit include Apiranthos, Chalki, Damarionas, Engares, Filoti and Kinidaros to name a few. Beaches like Agia Anna, Mikri and Vigla will amaze swimmers as well.


The beautiful village of Filoti lies at the foot of Zas, the highest mountain on the island with an elevation of just over 1000 meters. The village is also home to the Panagia church with its stunning view and the Barozzi tower.

Another picturesque village is Apiranthos on the side of mount Fanari, some 880 meters above sea level. The village boasts many small churches, as well as an archaeological museum and two historical towers (Bardani and Zevgoli).


Besides larger villages mentioned above such as Chalik, Damarionas, Koronos and Koronida – which is the highest on the island at around 700 meters, there are hidden villages that only good hiking trips will reveal. These include Potamia, Moni, Tsikalario and Melanes.



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Beyond the town, the relatively large Naxos is an amazing destination for hikers (the largest of the Cyclades), with relatively longer hikes than other islands. Hikers are better off staying in the interior part of the island such as Apiranthos, Chalki or Filoti. There are maps on the island that outline the wonderful walking paths. Be sure to prepare well for the longer hikes. Some publications (e.g. the book Naxos and the Small Cyclades) may detail as much as 30 hikes worth exploring.

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In late 2008 the N1 path, part of the E4 European pathway, was opened to the public. The path features a distance of 47 kilometres, estimated at 22 walking hours. It begins at the port of Naxos and heads to Aggidia-Agio Thalalaio-Kourunochori, Mylous-Kouro tou Fleriou/Ano Potamia-Apano Kastro Tsikalario-Chalki-Kalosylo-Filoti-Agia Marina-Fotodoti-Apeirantho-Stavros Keramotis-Korono-Skado-Mesi-Apollonas.

In high season the beach of Agios Georgios will be quite crowded. Better head to the south of the main town to discover quieter beaches such as Agia Anna, Agiassos, Aliko, Kastraki and Mikri Vigla.


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