Naxos is the largest and most fertile island of the Cyclades. Its long history, the important monuments but also its vivid tourism life have put it in a special position among the other Cycladic islands. No matter how many days you spend in Naxos, there will always be something to discover, beaches you haven’t seen, towers and castles you haven’t visited yet, ancient temples whose secrets are yet unknown.
Excursion 1 : Apollonas- Kouros- Quarries
Near the entrance of Apollonas stands an unfinished 10.45m-tall Kouros of the 6th century BC. The ancient marble quarries are also located near the settlement.
Excursion 2 : Melanes – Flerio – Kouros
The road from Melanes leads to Flerio, where visitors can admire the unfinished 6.40m-tall Kouros of the 7th century BC.
Excursion 3 : Agia Marina- Za peak
Half the way from Filoti to Danakos, at the church of Agia Marina, starts the path to the peak of Za, the tallest mountain of the Cyclades (1,004m). The view is breathtaking, looking over to Naxos and all the nearby islands. The cave of Za, with stalagmite formations, is located on the northwest slope of the mountain.
Excursion 4 : Tsikalario- Apano Kastro
From Tsikalario, at the centre of the island, starts a path that leads to the ancient castle of Apano Kastro. The view from the top is overwhelming.
The beaches of Naxos, extending over a distance of 17 kilometres, are ideal for swimming, fishing and surfing. The surrounding islands, e.g. the Small Cyclades, or Delos, are fine destinations for day trips. For the friends of land activities, the morphology of Naxos is ideal for mountain biking, while the island also has horseback riding facilities.