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Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece

Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece: Our most recommended tours and activities

Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

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

Start with pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyroula. While there, visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, which is one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. 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, with tastings also included. 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 the ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue of 11 meters which has been standing in the same spot for more than 2500 years. Afterward, enjoy some free time at the picturesque fishing village to swim or enjoy a meal at your own expense. Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean. Reach the village of Eggares and take a guided tour of the small olive press museum. Afterward, be returned to your pickup point.

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

2. 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 Highlights With Olive Grove Visit and Tastings

3. Naxos Highlights With Olive Grove Visit and Tastings

Discover the highlights of Naxos on this private tour with an expert guide. You’ll explore a local olive grove, have an olive tasting alongside delicious local delicacies, and more. See the authentic side of Naxos, visit its hidden gems, and learn about its history and culture. After being picked up, your 5-hour tour will start with a visit to a luscious olive grove, where you will be talked through the processes involved in the production of local olive oil. Next, you will get to taste the riches of the Naxian land with an olive oil tasting experience that will include local tastes. When it comes to Greek and Naxian culture, history can’t be left out. You’ll learn about the unfinished colossal archaic statue of Apollo, that was discovered by local farmers. After a glimpse of the island's ancient past, you will be driven to Naxos' highlands passing the marble quarries. Of course, your tour cannot leave out the local liqueur of the island, Kitron. For that reason, you will visit a 100-year-old distillery in the village of Halki, and admire the process of Kitron-making. Your tour will conclude with you savoring traditional dessert and a cup of traditional Greek coffee in the village of Halki, and your driver returning you to your hotel with a full stomach and high spirits!

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What people are saying about Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 117 reviews

This was an amazing tour that offered so much insight to Naxos that one would find difficult to achieve just exploring the island unguided. Our entertaining and informed guide not only told us much about Naxos, the locations we visited, and the culture and history of the island, but also recited poetry and explained why one should love Greece and her amazing history. No matter my nationality my soul is Greek and this tour feed my soul.

The tour was great! It was easy to find the meeting spot in the morning, the driver did a tremendous job going around the narrow island roads, and the guide was incredibly informative. The stops on the tour were fantastic- from Demeter's Temple to the olive oil museum to the citron distillery to the towns, everything was truly beautiful and showcased a fascinating aspect of Naxos' history. Loved every minute!

Dimirtis our tour guide was excellent. The tour was fantastic and we are so glad we did it to see temples and beautiful inland villages where traditional pottery is made and olive oil was pressed for hundreds of years.

Highly recommend this bus tour! Nicholas and the driver were fantastic!! We learned a lot about the history of Naxos and really enjoyed the sites and experience! Great value for the money!!

This tour was fantastic! Our guide, Nikos, was knowledgeable, funny, and overall great. I highly recommend this as a way to see and learn about the island.