Explore the charming and historic villages of Naxos, zipping through the island's peaceful nature and stopping to admire quaint towns and scenic vistas.
- A great place to start is the village of Apiranthos, situated at the foot of Fanari Mountain, the island's third-highest peak. Known as the "Marble Village," you'll twist through the winding streets and relish the traditional architecture. Many buildings and alleyways feature the famous marble, left untouched since the days of the Venetians. The local dialect also seems stuck in time, with its unique blend of Ancient Greek and Byzantine elements.
- While in Apiranthos, enjoy a short hike beyond the village and visit the nearby Agia Kyriaki Church. This former Byzantine chapel is best known for the remnants of its historic murals.
- Next, continue to Chalki, once the island's capital and main administrative and trade center. The town sits scenically in the Valley of Tragea, the primary olive cultivation area of the Cyclades. You'll find numerous neoclassical houses and buildings, all a testimony to the village's bygone days of wealth and power.
- As you stroll through Chalki, admire the old mansions, picturesque churches, and colorful alleys featuring a combination of Venetian towers and Byzantine chapels. Amongst Naxos’ oldest churches, you'll find the Church of Panagia (the Virgin). This chapel dates back to the 9th century and features beautiful Byzantine and post-Byzantine frescoes.
- Depending on your preferences, consider visiting another village or two. Our suggestions include Koronos, Filoti, and Sangri. Most of the towns feature pedestrian-only streets to enjoy their charming squares and streets in peace. Stop for a coffee and match the island's slower pace. Get lost amongst the winding pathways that crawl up and down the mountainside and discover the daily rituals of local life.