Bus Tour

Naxos Yesterday & Today

Sangri (Demeter temple & Agios Eleftherios monastery), Apiranthos, Dalamas and Mikri Vigla beach.

Leaving Naxos town, the tour visits the mainland. Galanado is the first village it comes across. It offers a beautiful view of the fertile fields that produce the famous naxian potatoes. Outside the village raises the Belogna’s tower. Then it reaches Sangri one of the islands most picturesque villages. Its name is based on Sainte Croix (French for Holy Cross), as the nearby monastery was called. The archaeological site of Gyroulas, 4km from Sagri with its restored Temple of Demeter and the Agios Eleftherios monastery is visited. Next stop is Apiranthos village famous ,among other things ,for its marble paved alleys. Apiranthos has four small museums. On the way back the tour arrives to a small village called Damalas, where you can visit a traditional ceramics workshop and a restored traditional olive press. It ends at the sandy beach of Mikri Vigla where there is plenty of time for swimming, relaxing and tasting the local specialities at the taverns on the beach.


Bus Tour around the island

The tour starts from Naxos town. It passes through the villages of Glinado, Agios Arsenios and Vivlos, whose residents cultivate the fertile fields which produce the famous Naxian potatos, it arrive at Sagri village. There you visit the ancient temple dedicated to Apollo and Demeter. The great value of the temple lies in the fact that it is an all- marble temple, whose ancient materials are preserved in more than 50%. It continues through the fertile valley of Tragaia and passing through ages-old olive, plane and oak trees, vines and fruit groves surrounded by towering summits, it stops at the village of Halki that’s know for it’s mansions and the interesting Byzantine church of Panagia Protothroni. There you visit the citrus distillery which produces the homonymous local liqueur. It then continues through the village of Filoti, which is set amphitheatrically on the slopes of two hills at the foot of Mount Zas.It’s also the largest of Naxiot villages. Mount Zas at an ultimate peak of 1,004 metres, is the Cyclades’ tallest mountain. It’s no wonder that Zeus, father of the mythical Greek Gods, would be raised here, while his son, Dionysus god of wine and merriment, would be raised here too, more specifically at a cave in the mountain known as Zas Cave. Next stop is Apiranthos village or t’Aperathou as it’s called in the local dialect. It’s built at the foot of Mt. Fanari. Venetian towers, pretty, old two-storey houses, marble paved alleys with arches above them, picturesque squares combine to create a rare atmosphere. Apiranthos has four interesting museums. The Archaeological Museum mainly hosts finds of the Proto-Cycladic period, the Geological Museum features some rare and unique items among its approximately 2,000 exhibits, the Natural History Museum includes a collection of the area’s fauna, flora and a small aquarium, while the Folklore Museum displays traditional fabrics, embroidery and tools. Passing by the villages of Koronos, Skado and Mesi, we arrive at the northern village of the island, Apollonas, which takes its name from an unfinished Kouros statue at the entrance of an ancient marble quarry. Time for lunch and swimming. The tour then returns to town by following the northwestern costal road where we find the Tower of Agia, the monastery of Faneromeni (17th BC) and the picturesque villages of Eggares and Galini.