The Mountain of the God Zeus

5 hours
Naxos, Naxos and Lesser Cyclades, Greece

There’s a reason why the local inhabitants attributed the highest peak of the Cyclades to the god Zeus. Overlooking the island cluster in all its glory, Mount Zas stands at 1004 meters (3294 feet) above sea level, and is home to many enchanting ruins that you will come across as you hike your way up to witness paradise-like landscapes. One of its surprises is an ancient rock inscription ΟΡΟΣ ΔΙΟΣ ΜΗΛΩΣΙΟΥ which proudly refers to Zeus. You might need to stop a couple of times to catch your breath, but the vistas of the Aegean Sea are stunning and well worth the effort.

We’ll be walking up the old footpath which connects the church of Agia Marina – or Saint Marina – to the mountain’s summit, discovering fascinating Mediterranean species of fauna and flora on our route. Great views of the sea and surrounding islands follow us for much of the way.

Notes:

  • Distance: 5.6 km
  • Level: Moderate to demanding
  • Total duration: 3 hours plus 2 hours driving time
  • Hiking shoes, hat and backpack strongly recommended

Recommended seasons:

All year round (except very windy days). On hot sunny days the starting time is ideally early morning.

Includes:

  • Flexible starting time, transfer from and to your accommodation
  • certified guide
  • guided tour in the interior of all the available sights or spots of interest
  • bottled water, local organic refreshments
  • all taxes

Does not include:

  • personal expenses
  • tips

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