Naxos Villages, Sightseeing
Trademark of the village are the Venetian towers, the Byzantine churches and picturesque windmills. Visit the ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Demeter, who is in Gyroulas location, made entirely with white marble.
Chalkeion or Chalki or Tragea
The number of monuments, churches and its geographical position which is in the center of the island, made Tragea the administrative and commercial center of mountainous Naxos.
In Chalki you can see beautiful neoclassical buildings, indicative of the boom that the village has seen. The distillery “Vallindras” offers to guests and passers-by its excellent drink, citron, which gives the opportunity to whoever drinks it to travel mentally and reminisce the place of production.
Filoti is located 18.3 km east of the town of Naxos. It is the largest village of the island. It has a rich history, many important monuments and the surrounding area is ideal for those who love hiking, as it is built at the foot of Mount Zas
In Filoti, visitors can see a variety of monuments and churches: Chimarros Tower, the Tower of Barozzi, the church of Panagia, the chapel of Agios Ioannis, Aries Spring and the foot of Mount Zas.
Apeiranthos, one of the island’s most traditional 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. Stone and marble dominate the architecture of the village. Venetian towers, the Byzantine churches and the stone houses, all of which constitute characteristic samples of the fortification architecture dating to the years of Venetian rule.
Visit the impressive Zevgoli tower, sit under the shadow of the big plane tree, ascend toward the Bardani tower and meet the locals who have a characteristic temperament and a Cretan accent. Four museums operate in Apeiranthos: the Archaeological Museum, the Folk Art Museum, the Geological Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
Plunged in a verdant valley with abundant water and rich vegetations, this village fascinates every visitor with its beauty and tradition. The flowing waters of the village used to put in motion the water mills in the past; today, they magnetize the sight of visitors. An unfinished gigantic “Kouros” statue made of marble, lies within an olive groove with a unique landscape in the background. This is one of the two most famous “Kouros” statues of Naxos, and is dated to the 7th century.
Apollonas is a beautiful fishing village in the northeastern part of the island. It has a long beach which combines pebbles with sand. Close to village, at the entry of an old quarry, lies the gigantic “Kouros of Apollonas” an unfinished statue with a height of 11 meters, sculpted in the 6th century B.