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A Few Words About Naxos Villages

Apollonas Naxos A significant tourist resort of the island, Apollonas is a village offering both greenery and picturesque beaches strewn with small white marble-like pebbles,a beautiful fishing village in the northeastern part of the island. Over the past few years, the area has been significantly developed, and now provides accommodations, restaurants and tourist shops. At a short distance from Apollonas, at the entrance to an old quarry, a huge (10-meter in length) lies resting, dating back to the 6th century B.C. and very likely represented Dionysos. Kouros, on the top of the village, follow the sign and you will ssee this 7 meter statue still lying there. It is said that these statues were left on Naxos Island because of accidents that occured during their making. Naxos Marbles were used in Acropolis and the manufacturing of statues. It has a long beach which combines pebbles with sand. Apollonas, the seaport of Koronida, used to be the summer holidays resort of Naxos; today, it continues to live on tourism maintaining though its traditional character and picturesque beauty.

Kournochori Naxos Α small village to the heart of Naxos. Its seems like time passed and left this village without impact. You may see the famous castle of Della Rocca, the famous Kouros in the archeological site Flerio. There are very nice tavernas to eat local products at very low rates. People are very friendly and hospitable.

Kinidaros Naxos The village Kinidaros is known as the village of “the ones who have fun” and is situated 16 kilometers away from Chora. There, you will see the modern marble quarries, where the majority of the locals are occupied. In Kinidaros village you will find a fantastic hiking route leading to Kinidaros waterfalls and the ancient bridge. You will also find 3 small churches in a row. kinidaros naxosThe residents of Kynidaros are distinguished for their effortless disposal in music and dancing. The rich music and dance tradition of the village is maintained almost unchanged in the passage of time. Soem of the most famous singers of traditinal greek music come from Kinidaros Village. (Konitopoulos) . Some of the best dancers of come from Kinidaros VIllage.

Sangri Naxos The village Sangri is built in one of the most verdant regions of the island and includes large areas of land that are appropriate for cultivating and stock breeding. The Venetian towers, the Byzantine churches and the picturesque windmills count as the village’s trademarks. In Sagri follow the signs and visit Demetras Temple in the middle of the valley.

Ano Sagri, is located on a hillside having splendid views on Naxos Island. The monastery of Agios Eleftherios used to serve as a secret school during the turkish occupation on the island of Naxos. To the south lies the monastery of Agios Ioannis at Gyroulas, wher excavations have revealed a temple tha is believed to date from the 6th century B.C. and was dedicated to Demetra ( the famous Demetra's Temple). If you feel like hiking reach the top of the mountain where Apalirou Castle lies. a fortress on the island, dominating the landscape. This ancient ruins, small towers, walls, and some ruins of a old church.

Apeiranthos Naxos Apeiranthos, one of the island’s most beautiful villages, is built in the heart of the highlands of Naxos and is rich in history and tradition. It seems untouched by time as it preserves its unspoiled traditional character, and impresses with its medieval architecture. Apiranthos, is one of the oldest settlements on the island, and has much in the way of interesting folklore to offer, as well as some remarkable examples of traditional architecture. Here the widespread use of marble, for both masonry and road construction is such a characteristic feautre of the village that is also knows as "Marmarino" (made of marble). Steep, narrow little lanes with covered archways, balconies covered with lowers, clean freshly painted houses. Delightful little squares surrounded by cafes and tavernas, meeting places for the locals. A unique feature of the houses of Apiranthos are the twin chimneybreasts, constructed in such a way to function at the best level. Apiranthos Naxos Attractions

Koronos is one of the widest known emery villages of Naxos and it is located approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Chora. Stone paved alleys, whitewashed courtyards, beautiful houses of island architecture with wooden balconies, steps that connect the different neighbourhoods, shadowy plane trees and poplar trees and picturesque “kafenia” (greek traditional cafes) compose the scenery of this beautiful village.

Moni Naxos The historic village Moni is renown for its textile production, as well as for the wood carving workshop, where beautiful pieces of art are made of olive wood; not only ornaments, but also tools of usage. If you visit the village, do not forget to stop at the church “Panagia Drosiani” (Our Lady Drosiani).

Filoti Naxos Filoti, the largest in population village of Naxos but also of all the Cycladic islands, is built amphitheatrically on the foot of the highest mountain of Cyclades, the mountain Zas. Take a rest at the big central square under the shadow of the big plane tree and enjoy your coffee in one of the picturesque “kafeneia” (Greek traditional cafes) around the square.
Skado - Mesi Naxos You will meet these small emery villages on your way from Koronos to Koronida. Rich vegetation dominates the landscape. After the Mesi’s seaport Aghios Georgios, you will see the old castle “Kalogiros” (meaning “monk”).

Potamia Naxos Three interesting settlements (“Pano Potamia”, meaning “upper rivers”, “Kato Potamia”, meaning “lower rivers” and “Mesi Potamia”, meaning “mid rivers”), plunged in the green, with their main characteristic to be the little gardens, will certainly pull your interest and will make you stop for a while, before you continue your tour in the villages of the municipality of Naxos.

Galanado - Glinado - Aghios Arsenios (Saint Arsenios) - Tripodes These four villages are situated in the western part of the municipality of Naxos, within a short distance from Chora. The locals are occupied mainly with the cultivation of the potato and the stock breeding. The coastal settlements “Aghia Anna”(Saint Anna) and “Aghios Prokopios” (Saint Prokopios) belong to the “Aghios Arsenios” village, whereas the “Plaka” region belongs to the Tripodes village.

South East of Naxos Town you will find Galanado. There is Belonia Tower, which was built by a local Venetian overlord. Beside the Tower there is a small chapel dedicated to Saint John. This little church has a remarkable feature. On the one side you will find an orthodox church and just next to it you will find a catholic church.

Vivlos - Tripodes, there you will see three windmills on the mountain and some other windmill ruins around the village.

Source: http://www.hotels-in-naxos.gr

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