Naxos Culture & history

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From Naxos: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

1. From Naxos: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

Sail across the Aegean Sea from Naxos and visit the uninhabited island of Delos to explore the most sacred of all the Greek islands from ancient times. Get 3 hours of free time to wander around the ruins and see the excavated artifacts in the small museum. Hire a private professional guide upon arrival if you wish to upgrade your experience, or join one of the guided groups formed on the spot upon landing. Then, cruise to the jetsetter island of Mykonos for a further 3 hours of free time. Use the time to explore Mykonos Town and stroll the pretty alleys of the romantic Little Venice district.  Climb the hill to see the famous windmills up close and get spectacular views of the surroundings. Sail back to Naxos in the early evening at the end of an amazing day at leisure.

Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

2. Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and the marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Damalas along the way.Start with a pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyula. You will visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. The next stop will be the tiny village of Damalas. Learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production at a restored olive press museum. Afterward, visit a traditional workshop of a third-generation potter and know the secrets of his art dating back to ancient Greece. Continue to Chalki village, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You can also take an optional visit to a local "kitron" distillery and learn about liquor production along with tastings. Next, explore the village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional tiny shops with local products. Take a short stroll through the village and hear about its history and traditions. Leaving Apiranthos behind, drive past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, before arriving at Apollonas. See ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue that is 11 meters tall and that is 2500-years-old. Have free time in a picturesque fishing village where you can go for a dip or purchase lunch. Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean, and be returned to your pickup point.

Naxos Town: Greek Mythology Guided Sunset Tour

3. Naxos Town: Greek Mythology Guided Sunset Tour

Walk through the quaint alleys of Naxos as they're bathed in the light of the setting sun on this walking tour. Stop at some viewpoints along the way to take in the scenery and snap some pictures. Let a local lead the way through the winding streets of the Old Town. Learn about the history and mythology of the island, from ancient gods and heroes to tales of medieval dukes. Learn about some of Greece's most famous myths and find out which ones are connected to Naxos. Hear about the marriage of Ariadne and the god Dionysus. Finish your tour with a stop at the famous Temple of Apollo. Admire sweeping views over the Aegean and enjoy the last rays of the sun as it sets over the sea.

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

4. Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

The first stop is Demeter temple, a spectacular recently restored ancient temple from 530 BC. Apart from the impressive monument, you'll have the chance to visit the archeological museum located in the same area, and to check out some findings from the site. Continue the tour to Damalas, a cute little village in the heart of Tragea Valley where you'll enjoy a demonstration at the only remaining traditional pottery workshop and the traditional restored olive press. Then drive to Chalkio, a neoclassical village where you can walk in picturesque alleys, visit the traditional citron distillery/museum, and have an espresso while taking in the classy atmosphere. A visit to Panagia Drosiani, the oldest church on the Balcan Peninsula, is a must during your visit. Head then to the famous village of Naxos, Apiranthos, the “marble village," and stroll down marble cobbled streets and take loads of photos. Drive towards the north part of Naxos island to end up on the northeast edge in Apollonas, a small typical Cycladic village. Have a swim or just relax at one of the cafes by the sea. On the way back, stop by the impressive Kouros, a colossal unfinished statue from the 6th century BC, before returning to Chora, taking in gorgeous views along the way.

Naxos Island: Full–Day Historical Bus Tour

5. Naxos Island: Full–Day Historical Bus Tour

Join a magnificent tour and cross the island’s inland, its northern part, and the west. Visit the restored Demeter’s temple in Sangri from circa 530 B.C. and the museum with local findings. Continue to the oldest Citron distillery of the Naxos, dating back to 1896, in Halki. There, take the chance to taste the local Citron drink. A visit to Apeiranthos will give you the chance to see the famous marble village and shop in local traditional shops. Next, as the bus heads north to Apollonas, your tour allows you to see the remnants of the old emery mines and their machinery. Discover the huge 10.5–meter tall Kouros Statue, often considered to be a personification of God Dionysus.

Naxos: Portara and Venetian Castle Historic Walking Tour

6. Naxos: Portara and Venetian Castle Historic Walking Tour

See the Temple of Apollo and the Venetian castle with a guide on this walking tour of Naxos. Discover the fascinating mythology of the island as you delve into its past. Meet your guide at the port and start your historical sightseeing tour. Visit the ancient Temple of Apollo for stunning views over the Aegean before exploring the archaeological site. Next, move on to the Venetian Castle district and meander through its quaint alleyways. Discover the cathedral when you reach the top and see its historic coat of arms, as well as a Byzantine icon from the 11th century. Listen to stories about the ancient history of Naxos. Come face-to-face with the past at the Ursuline School's temporary archaeological exhibition. Head back down the hill at the end of your tour. Get some food tips from your guide as you pass by the bustling marketplace.

Naxos: Aegean Sea & Lush Lowlands Private Guided E-Bike Tour

7. Naxos: Aegean Sea & Lush Lowlands Private Guided E-Bike Tour

What has the Aegean sea got to do with lush lowlands? They blend perfectly in this tour. Plains of olive tress, canes and citrus fruits next to the Aegean sea constitute the natural scenery of this tour. Several stops, information flood of archaeological and agricultural interest and then.. the infinite blue! The beauty of Melanes valley will get you in the right mood before getting to know the two wonders of ancient sculpture lying imposingly – the famous Kouros statues. Eggares citrus valley is next, about which the nine times for Nobel prize nominated, great Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, wrote : “If paradise was on earth, it would be here”. The hospitality of Eggares Olive Press museum was more likely the kind of hospitality that hugged him, to speak these words. Let the curators of the museum treat you the same way, in a full tour. Our friend Giannis will accommodate you next, in his farm with his own produced cheese, vegies, wine and/or raki. His eyes and smile speak English, although his mouth doesn’t. Do not eat or drink too much as Ammitis beach is waiting, after a 10 minutes ride. Hammocks, lunch and infinite blue lie ahead. A relaxing ride throughout the citrus plain of Eggares and Galini villages and right next to the ocean later, will be your last taste of the tour.

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This is an excellent way to get a sense for the island. You visit a couple of villages, a beach, and a pair of archaeological sites. You also get a pottery making demonstration and a lesson on olive pressing. In season, the tour includes a stop at an olive museum and store. The natural beauty of the Naxos is apparent as you drive up into the mountains, stop in the quaint towns, and descend toward the sea. Demetris provides a friendly and accessible narration, and Vasilis drives the bus with consumate skill. We met fellow travelers from all over, and enjoyed the entire experience.

The tour was excellent and a great way to see the island. I can remember the exact names of our guide and driver (I think our guide was Dimitri?) but they were both very nice and our guide had lots of interesting facts to tell us. It was beautiful getting to see some of the villages and the mountains of the island. The swim stop was also beautiful. I will say that it’s a pretty packed day so keep that in mind if you want more time in each stop. “It takes a lifetime to discover Greece but only a second to fall in love with her” - and I couldn’t agree more.

The tour was excellent! Our driver and guide were both fantastic - very knowledgeable and funny. We really enjoyed all the stops on the tour, and although it would've been nice to have some more time at some, we understand why it wasn't possible. Very enjoyable - thank you so much! (-:

I could not have easily accessed all these attractions across remote mountain roads on my own. This was just right for a low energy outing on day 37 of my current sojourn.

Nice day tour in Naxos, the guide knew his stuff for sure !