Naxos Trekking

The team at Naxos Trekking love their island and are the leaders in hiking across the best of what this island offers, especially through its green heartland. See the different hiking routes and ask for a tour!
Naxos Trekking

Address: Naxos Town
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Telephone: +30 695 544 5900
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Email: naxostrekking@gmail.com
Website_url: www.naxostrekking.com

Several gorgeous hiking routes will take you to see the best spots of Naxos and discover its nature. You'll be impressed by sea and mountain views, fauna and flora, historical monuments, Ancient Greek statues in nature, and Byzantine churches that are hundreds of years old.

KINIDAROS VILLAGE – AGIOS ARTEMIOS – EGGARES VILLAGE

Tucked idyllically in a hillside, the nature-filled area outside the quaint white-washed village of Kindaros about 14 km away from Naxos town is the perfect starting point to hike through one of the island’s fabulous gorges. Walk along a stream and trickling water to the hauntingly old church of Saint Artemios (Agios Artemios) with island-style domes. Walk along age-old trails with traditional water mills, admire the biodiversity in the gorge and finish the hike at the little pretty village of Eggares.

Moderate/challenging hike, 10.5 km, 4.5 hours

KOUROS QUARRY – POTAMIA – AGIOS MAMAS

The verdant central part of the island lies in the mountains and offers cooler hiking opportunities in summer. From the local gorgeous village of Myli pass by a millennia-old aqueduct that was renovated in Roman times, carrying water from the high, resource-rich interiors of the island to lower areas and coastal regions. The hike also takes an ancient quarry site where two large marble statues or Kouroi (plural of Kouros) from classical times will impress you. A walk through orchards and olive groves, under the shade of many trees, will walk you by the river to admire the biodiversity. The region is called Potamia (meaning 'riverside' in Greek), referring to the area's rivers which is a rare phenomenon in the Cyclades islands. Small vilage houses, towers and churches litter the landscape, with the most notable being the magnificent 10th-century church of Agios Mamas (this used to be a Catholic church of Theoskepasti near the old summer home of the island’s catholic archbishop).

Easy hike, 9 km, 4.5 hours

MOUNT ZAS – LONG ROUTE
(FILOTI  – SUMMIT – ZAS CAVE  FILOTI)

Hikers who like a good climb will love heading 662 meters uphill towards the peak of the highest mountain in the Cyclades islands, named Zas after the god Zeus (it actually snows here in winter). The hike starts from the gorgeous village of Filoti and climbs up through changing landscapes. Setting the mood along the way is an ancient Greek inscription that reads ΟΡΟΣ ΔΙΟΣ ΜΗΛΩΣΙΟΥ, which translates to Mountain of Zeus, Protector of Sheep.

The hike offers great views of the Mediterranean and nearby islands, and it’s also a treat to hikers who like to spot the different fauna and flora of the region, including medicinal herbs and flowers. The trail takes you from teh Cave of Zas (or Zeus) to a nautral spring called Arion where you can dring the mountain water and rest under the shade of a large plane tree, before the return trip down to the village of Filoti.

Challenging hike, 9 km, 4 hours

MOUNT ZAS – SHORT ROUTE

Get ready to climb to the summit of the highest mountain peak in the Cyclades islands. Mount Zas stands tall at 1004 meters and offers a moderate challenge to fit hikers. As you climb one of the time-tested footpaths on the mountain, you’ll be surprised to see an ancient inscription in Greek “ΟΡΟΣ ΔΙΟΣ ΜΗΛΩΣΙΟΥ”, which translates to Mount of Zeus, Protector of Sheep. The footpath takes you from the samll chapel of Agia Marina to the mountain peak, unveiling along the way an impressive variety of Mediterranean fauna and flora – including some rare species. One of the best features of this trail is of course the magnificent views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding islands, offering breathtaking opportunities to take some great photos.

Moderate hike, 5.6 km, 2.5 hours

BYZANTINE PARK HIKE

Here’s a gorgeous and easy four-hour walk that’s suitable for most people. This cyclical hike starts from the central little town of Halki, known for its traditional stone buildings and houses. The area is dotted with historic Byzantine churches, each with a story to tell. The trail takes you around the central area of Tragea (which means ‘important land’), named so because this was the commercial center of the island and was a marketplace for the different local products that were brought here from different parts of Naxos. Tragea was also the ideal hub because it was located in the heart of the island.

This heavenly walk across the lush valley of Tragea will pass not only by fascinating churches, but also the old community of Monitsa and the idyllic village of Kaloxilos. It was designed to enchant every hiker.

Easy hike, 8 km, 4 hours


APEIRANTHOS – AGIA KYRIAKI

Begin hiking from the amazing stone-built village of Apeiranthos down a traditional path used by mules to reach the old emery mines that Naxos was once known for. Pass through oak and maple forests to reach two important churches of the area. One of these is St John the Theologian (Agios Ioannis Theologos) with its notable byzantine design. The other is Saint Kyriaki (Agia Kyriaki), considered one of the most important Byzantine churches of Southeast Europe with intriguingly rare aniconic frescoes. The hike towards lower elevations yields a change in landscapes, with a rougher landscape dotted with olive trees and vines.

The area is also interesting both archeologically and geologically, while the stone-built village of Apeiranthos is a gorgeous must-see attraction in itself. The hike is highly recommended.

Moderate/demanding hike, 10.5 km, 4.5-5 hours

DANAKOS RAVINE

The picturesque village of Danakos is one of Naxos’ first inland communities dotted with fountains and springs. Lying at the foothills of Mount Zas, it offers the perfect starting point for a hike which begins on a cobblestone path that takes you to the monastery of Christos Photodotis (Christ the Light-giver), an impressive monument with a unique interior. The trail then continues to the church of Agia Marina, taking a trail that runs beside a verdant gorge through forestland littered with plane trees and oak trees. The hike finishes at a lovely spring under the shade of a magnificent plane tree.

Moderate hike, 4.5 km, 2.5-3 hours

APANO KASTRO AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES

Another fabulous hike in the island’s heartland, this route starts from the pretty village of Halki, once the island’s main buzzing commercial town, in the green valley of Tragea. The hike takes you west to Apano Kastro (meaning Upper Castle) and surprises you with the changing landscape. It shifts from verdant greenery to a surprising rocky environment with a special geological character. You then arrive to the mystical remains of a former medieval castle or citadel on a hilltop that affords breathtaking views. Centuries ago, the island’s Venetian rulers used to reside here.

On the way down you’ll see remains of an ancient cemetery or Necropolis, along with a large Menhir that alludes to a settlement from prehistoric times. Old footpaths then take you through the colorful villages of Heimaros, Damalas and Damarionas, passing by many awe-inspiring churches along the way, before reaching Halki again.

Moderate/demanding hike, 9.2 km, 4 hours

HALKI – MONI

The town of Halki features on many of these hikes for two reasons: it’s in a green area right in the middle of the island with access to many different places, and it’s a gorgeous little town in itself that’s definitely worth seeing. The trail leads to one of the most important churches in the whole Cycladic region, Panagia Drosiani.

This particular hike through the central green valley of Tragea will take you to visit many notable churches from the byzantine era, featuring many outstanding frescoes and murals that are worth seeing. Hiking through an oak forest under the shade will lead you to the village of Moni (which means Monastery) walking through olive groves, fruit orchards and woods with oak and plane trees. The hike also passes through the villages of Akadimi and Kaloxilos to take in some of the local color.

Moderate hike 6.5 km, 4 hours


TEMPLE OF DEMETER

Sagri, a name derived from the French Saint Croix, is a small picturesque little village that represents the perfect starting point for this easy hike. You’ll pass by remains of an ancient Temple of Demeter, dedicated to the goddess of harvest and agriculture, which inspired the Parthenon on Athens’ Acropolis. A well-designed museum close by is also worth a visit. The trail also passes by several historic churches from the Byzantine era, as well as the historically important Bazeos Tower which now hosts different art exhibitions. The tower was once a monastery, adding to the layers of history and mystique that surround this place. This pleasant cyclical route leads back to Sagri village.

Easy hike, 8.5 km, 4 hours

 

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