Full Day Naxos round tour“Apollon”
This one-day excursion spreads along the main road which crosses the island’s inland, reaches the old emery villages, surrounds the northern part of the island and returns at Naxos town from the west side.
Firstly, in central Naxos (Damalas) we visit a typical Cycladic pottery workshop. Then we visit the old commercial centre and formar capital of the island – Chalki. The oldest Citron distillery (1896), Protothroni Church (11th century) and Markopolitis tower at Akadimi village are visited there.
Our next stop is at one of the oldest churches of the Balkans, the tiny Panaghia Drossiani, where we can admire the well-restored 8th century frescoes.
The tour continues in Central Naxos. We pass from Filoti, the biggest village of the island and after we visit the only operating windmill and see how flour is produced the old way.
After 8km we reach Apiranthos, aka “the marble village”. Here one can visit the following museums: Archaeological, Geological, Natural History and Folklore museums are all worth a visit. We can have lunch at one of the traditional tavernas.
Moving upwards, crossing the mountainous part of Naxos, we cross the villages Koronos, Mesi and Skado where we see the remnants of the old emery mines and their machinery.
We then reach the picturesque village of Apollonas. At the slope of the village, lies a huge Kouros statue (10.50 m), said to be a personification of god Dionysus. It is a great chance to swim in the transparent azure waters of the most northern beach on Naxos.
The return offers a breathtaking sea view and some monuments of the post-Byzantine and medieval period Naxos. Engares village, known by the autobiographic work of the author Nikos Kazantzakis, with a famous two-arched stone bridge spanning an interesting wetland, is the last point of this full-day excursion.