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Walking, hiking and trekking on NAXOS

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GENERAL INFORMATION

LINKS NAXOS

IMPRESSIONS OF NAXOS

WEATHER ON NAXOS

BOATS NAXOS
   - Blue Star Paros
   - Blue Star Naxos
   - Flying Cat 3 & 4
   - Aqua Jewel and Aqua Spirit
   - Artemis
   - Express Skopelitis

MAPS

WALKS

(last update on the 4th of May 2014)

*** = very beautiful

**** = exceptional

N = new in 2012
NN = new in 2013
NNN = new in 2014

1. Agia Marína - Danakós - Fotodótis -Apíranthos - Fotodótis - Agia Maína ***  N

2. Ano Potamiá - Káto Potamiá and back ***

3. Ano Potamiá - Káto Potamiá and back (walked in 2011) *** 

4. Ano Sagrí - temple of Demeter - Agios Nikólaos - Ano Sagrí  NN

5. Apíranthos - Agios Theológos - Agia Kyriakí and back ****

6. Apíranthos - Fanári and back***  N

7. Apíranthos - Fanári - Kalóxylos - Chalkí ***  N

8. Apíranthos - Fanári - Moní ***

9. Apíranthos - Fanári - Moní - Panagía I Drosianí - Chalkí - Filóti (the four-villages-route) ***

10. Apíranthos - Sifónes - Stavrós - Keramotí  NN

11. Chalkí - Apáno Kástro - Ano Potamiá and back ***

12. Chalkí - Apáno Kástro - Potamiá - Agios Mámas - Káto Potamiá ***

13. Chalkí - Filóti and surroundings

14. Chalkí - Filóti and back

15. Chalkí - Keramí - Agios Ioánnis sta Finélia - Apíranthos and back ***  NN

16. Chalkí - Panagía I Drosianí - Moní - Kalóxylos - Chalkí ****

17. Chalkí - Kalóxylos - Moní - Panagía I Drosianí - Chalkí ***

18. Chalkí - Tsikalarió - Ano Sagrí - templs of Demeter and back  NNN

19. Chóra (Náxos) - Moni Chrysostómou

20. Chóra (Náxos) and its surroundings

21. Damalás - Sagrí - temple of Demeter - Pýrgos Bazéou - Damariónas - Chalkí (the tower-route)

22. Engarés - Kinídaros and back ***

23. Filóti - Agia Marína - Pýrgos Chimárrou

24. Filóti - Agia Marína - Zas and back ***

25. Filóti - Agios Ioánnis and back

26. Filóti - Agios Ioánnis sta Finélia - Apíranthos and back ***  NNN

27. Filóti - Chalkí - Moní (the church-route) ****

28. Filóti - Danakós - Fotodótis - Apíranthos ***

29. Káto Sagrí - temple of Demeter - Damariónas - Chalkí

30. Káto Sagrí - temple of Demeter - Kástro Apalírou and back

31. Káto Sagrí - temple of Demeter - Pýrgos Bazéou - Damariónas - Chalkí

32. Koronída - Apóllonas

33. Kóronos - bay of Liónas and back ****

34. Kóronos - Tzoumagiá (valley of Liónas) and back ****

35. Koúroi of Mélanes and Potamiá ***

36. Koúroi - Potamiá - Agios Mámas- Vívlos - Pláka ***

37. Mélanes - Kalamítsia - Potamiá - Koúroi - Mélanes ***

38. Mélanes - Kournochóri - Koúroi and back ***

39. Mélanes - Koúroi - Potamiá - Agios Mámas - Káto Potamiá ****

40. Mélanes - Koúroi - Páno Potamiá - Chalkí ***

41. Moní - Apíranthos ***  NN

42. Moní - Chalkí - Páno Potamiá - Koúroi - Kournochóri ***

43. Pánormos - Korfári - Andrioús and back

44. Stavrós - Keramotí - massif of the Kóronos and back ***

45. Stavrós - Kóronos (Mávro Vouní) and back

Together with Páros, also the island of Náxos takes a special place among the Cyclades. With a surface area of 448 km˛ Naxos is definitely the largest island of the Cyclades, larger than Andros (385 km2),  Páros (195 km˛) and Tínos (195 km˛). It also has a fairly large population: in 1991 the island had a little under 15 000 inhabitants. Just like Páros, also Náxos is very centrally located, which means that it is the landing place of many boat connections. Long boat lines to Santoríni, to Kos and Ródos, to Ikaría and Sámos or to Amorgós often call at the islands of Náxos and Páros.
In addition, there are of course a lot of connections with Sýros, Páros,  Ios and many other Cycladic islands, especially due to the interesting connections of the Aqua Jewel, the Aqua Spirit and the Artemis, three boats which are the successors of the old Panagía Tinoú and the Panagía Chozoviótissa.
A very particular connection is the one covered by the Express Skopelítis. Almost daily this boat goes from Amorgós (Katápola and Egiáli) via the Little Cyclades (Donoússa, Irakliá, Schinoússa and Koufoníssi) to Náxos. In this way, the island of Náxos often becomes the place where people have to change boats, for example to travel from Amorgós to Folégandros or Sífnos.

Already in the ancient times, Náxos was a rich island, amongst others because of its marble-quarries and its agriculture. But also in these days, Náxos is definitely the richest and most multifaceted island of the Cyclades. The island is very fertile, especially because there are plenty of wells; the villages in the interior are really picturesque, and you can find Byzantine chapels, towers from the Venetian era and even kouros-statues everywhere. Also the beaches attract many tourists nowadays.

Boats coming from the Piraeus arrive at the harbour of Náxos or Chóra after 6 to 7 hours. Náxos is a very lively town, with a busy harbour and lots of traffic. There are many large buildings in the modern city, which does not make it as attractive as the other villages and towns on the Cycladic isles. However, the town is dominated by a marvellous kástro. In 1207, in the aftermath of the 4th crusade, the Venetian gentleman Marco Sanudo, built a fortified castle on this spot. Until 1566 Naxos even remained the capital of a Venetian dukedom. The nobility then settled around the kastro. This is also the catholic neighbourhood of Naxos, with the catholic church and with a couple of monasteries. Over here you can also find a beautiful archaeological museum (among others with the famous Cycladic statues). 
There are also older remnants to be found in Náxos, such as the Portára, the large gate on a small island in the harbour – this is a remainder of the ancient temple of Apollo.
From the central bus station close to the harbour there are very good connections with many of the villages in the interior, such as Chalkí, Filóti, Apíranthos, Damariónas, Engares, Mélanes, Potamiŕ, Kinídaros, etc., and also with lots of beaches like Mikri Vigla, Agia Anna, etc.

The interior of Náxos is magnificent and still has to offer a lot of authentic spots.

The large village of Filóti is built in the shape of an amphitheatre at the foot of the slopes of the highest mountain, Zas (1001 m). This might be one of the most beautiful villages of the island, with the Barozzi-tower and the Panagía-church – from where you have a great panoramic view.

The town of Apíranthos is situated about 8 km more to the north. This is also a very picturesque village on the slopes of the Fanári-mountain (883 m). Because marble was used a lot here, Apíranthos was given the nickname “marble village”. The small churches, the archaeological museum and the Zevgoli- and Bardani-towers are worth a visit.

We can also recommend a visit to the villages of Chalkí and Damariónas (more to the south-west), to Kóronos, which is also built on the slopes of the mountain, and to Koronída, the highest village on the island (700m). But on the hikes you will even discover much more: small villages such as Potamiá, Moní, Tsikalarió, Mélanes and much more: kouros-statues in Flerió, Potamiá or Apóllonas, monasteries, towers, ancient remnants, and many more things.

Náxos is also renowned for its beaches: the crowded beach of Agios Geórgios, south of Chóra, and then the beaches of Agia Anna, Mikrí Vígla, Kastráki, Alíko, Agiassós, etc. more to the south.

The interior of Náxos is a paradise for hikers. Because the distances are larger than for example on Sífnos or Amorgós, you have to prepare your hikes well in advance. You often have to catch a bus or a taxi first in order to get to the point of departure, because there are not a lot of hikes in the immediate vicinity of Chóra. Therefore, it could be a good idea to stay in the interior for a couple of nights, for example in Filóti, Apíranthos or Chalkí; it is also possible to stay the night at the end of the hike to Apóllonas. 

The nicest map of the island of Náxos is, as usual, published in the very interesting Anávasi-series (Topo 10.28): it shows a lot of monopátia and it is really quite indispensable. The map in the Road-editions (111) also shows many trails, but is less accurate. On the Anávasi-map you can easily get about 15 –20 ideas for hiking trajectories.  
A very good map was published in the series Terrain Maps, in Spring 2009: it gives almost the same paths as the Anávasi-map. 
Sometimes, it is even more precise than the Anávasi-map, for example in the region of Vívlos, between the Koúroi and Potamiá and between Apíranthos and the little monastery of Zoödóchos Pigí. The map of Terrain Maps gives also a little plan of the city of Náxos; on the back side, you will see 12 short descriptions of hikes.
It is strange however that the paths that lead from Chalkí to Moní, via the churches of the Panagía Rachidiótissa and the Panagía Drosianí, are missing on the Terrain map!

On both maps, a few small stretches of other monopátia are absent: the paths between Mélanes and Kournochóri and the path that leads from Ano Sagrí to the temple of Demeter. In the region of the Fanári, the Anávasi-map is more complete.

Of course, I also refer to the nice book "Naxos and the Small Cyclades", published by Graf Editions - in this book, 30 hikes are described.

I have selected 45 walks that I've followed myself - the choice will be difficult, but my personal top five is:

1. Mélanes - Koúroi - Potamiá - Agios Mámas - Káto Potamiá

2. Filóti - Chalkí - Moní (the church-route) or Chalkí - Panagía I Drosianí - Moní - Kalóxylos - Chalkí

3. Kóronos - bay of Liónas and back or Kóronos - Tzoumagiá and back

4. Apíranthos - Fanári - Moní of Apíranthos - Fanári - Kalóxylos - Chalkí

5. Filóti - Agia Marína - Zas and back.

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Panoramic view of Chóra Naxos

 

Byzantine church of Agii Apóstoli


Panoramic view of Filóti

 The kouros of Apollonas

 

 The Hellenistic tower of Chimárrou


 The pebbles on the beach of Liónas


 The temple of Demeter


 A square in Apíranthos


 The Panagía in Chalkí


 The Bazeou-tower

 

Sunset over the Portara