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Sightseeing in Naxos Island
An abundance of interesting sites is bound to keep avid visitors on their feet for many days when exploring Naxos. Starting from the capital and main port of Naxos, Chora, where you can wander through the narrow alleys of the Venetian old town and explore the otherworldly beauty of this well-preserved town. On the entrance of the port, on the island Palatia stands the marble gateway of the temple of Apollo, an amazing spot for viewing the sunset, whereas at the entrance of Chora, the archaeological site of Grotta is also worth visiting. The incomplete marble sculptures of the Kouros of Apollonas and the Kouros of Melanon are exquisite samples of ancient Cycladic art and craftmanship, whereas the abandoned emery mines are also worth visiting for a look into the history of a long-lost industry. Apart from the Archaeological Museum of Naxos, in the traditional Apeiranthos Village you will find the Folklore Museum, the Geological Museum and the Museum of Natural History, all equally intriguing and offering unique insight into the authentic life of Naxians. In every village of Naxos you will find numerous old churches, each with each own unique charm, and countless hidden treasures; just pop into a local kafeneio and ask the friendly locals for what’s interesting around and they’ll be happy to guide you to every hidden gem of the area; or you can simply ask the concierge of Ostria Inn Naxos Hotel, who would be happy to provide countless suggestions based on your preferences.
The most traditional village of Naxos is Apeiranthos, nestled at the foot of Fanari Mountain at an altitude of 650 meters. Just a 15-minute drive up from Ostria Inn Naxos Hotel, anyone who wishes to discover the unspoiled mainland of Naxos needs to look no further than Apeiranthos. The village of marble and stone, as it is known, will charm you beyond belief.
After leaving your car on the outskirts of Apeiranthos and walking into the village, you will feel as if you have been transported to another time in history – a time of white marble, stone archways, brilliant light, and breath-taking landscapes - steeped in traditional Greek culture. Built amphitheatrically on a mountain slope, Apeiranthos refreshes you with cool breezes and captures the heart of any guest who comes upon it. The locals are friendly and warm and one can truly feel the traditional Greek welcome.
The entrance to the village is dominated by an outstanding church that is worth visiting. Known as Panagia, stepping into the church gives you the sensation that you are standing inside a priceless work of art! Additionally, many more Byzantine churches adorn the village.
If Naxos is a microcosm of Greece, then Apeiranthos is a microcosm of Naxos. Every aspect of the island’s history is concentrated within this village. Marble, stone, monuments, museums, towers, windmills and churches all contribute to its unforgettable landscape.
Among all that you have to explore, you cannot miss the imposing Tower of Zevgoli, dating back the 17th century and built on a rock, as well as the Tower of Mpardani. With a single ticket you can also visit the following museums, all of which are in Apeiranthos:
Archeological Museum of Apeiranthos
- Museum of Folk Art
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Geological Museum
- Museum of Natural History
On the 15th of August, you will have the opportunity to participate in a festival of traditional music and the unique poetic songs of Apeiranthos, which speak of local history, true love and the deepest of human emotions. The festival is organized by the cultural society of Apeiranthos, Fanaria, and takes place in the church’s courtyard. Local delicacies and wines are offered to everyone.
After your cultural tour of Apeiranthos, you can relax and enjoy a coffee and other refreshments while enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and fertile valleys. Don't forget to buy some local products such as honey, cheese, wine, raki or memorabilia from local vendors – you will not be disappointed!