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Naxos has many wonderful villages inland and away from the coast, each with its own traditions and characteristics listed below are a few of the major ones 

Agios Arsenios, Apeiranthos, Damarionas, Eggares, Filoti, Galanado, Galini, Kerami, Keramoti, Kinidaros, Komiaki, Koronos, Melanes, Moni, Potamia, Sagri, Tragea, Tripodes

The village is located in the south western part of the island, 4.5 km in from the sea. The tradition says that the village took the name Agesani after a chapel that is located 1km to the North west of the village, Saint Arsenios. The chapel was the first that was found there when the village was built. Remains of old settlements and various discoveries testify that the village perhaps firstly was coastal and afterwards due to the fear of pirates was abandoned, in order to build it in a place where it is situated today.

Todays current village has three settlements - Apano Chorio, Kato Chorio and Pera Chorio.

Notable monuments are - The small tower of St Nikolaos, two old windmills located in the hill of Stroumpoula, ruins of an ancient fortress at Ellinikon point and in Petradia signs of an ancient temple and broken vessels.

In addition you can also find the church of Saint Spyridnos a church that has been recently renovated and stands proud as a beautiful church crowded at mass times by the villagers. There is also the church of Saint Nikolaos built in the 18th century which was used as a lookout in the times when pirates roamed the seas.

The area around the village is one of the richest of the island, the residents deal with agriculture and livestock farming even with tourism flourishing around the beautiful beaches. Of the many beaches around this area Agios Prokopios is renowned as one of the most beautiful ones in Greece and there is also Agia Anna within the bight of Agios Nikolaos which continues even today as being an anchorage bot only for the local fishing boats but also for larger types.
At Plaka here is a huge beach stretching 5km with graphical dunes backed by salt marshes which in years gone by were producing 1000 tons of salt, unfortunately most of these have been drained to make way for the 90's built airport.

Distance from Naxos town: 32km - Plenty taverns, patisseries, ouzeri, cafes and mini markets - Nearest beach: Moutsouna (11 Km from Apeiranthos). Moutsouna area has plenty fine sandy beach coves. Hotels, rooms, studios, apartments, taverns, mini markets are available in Moutsouna - Nearest villages: Keramoti, Koronos (north) and Filoti (south)

Apeiranthos is situated at the foot of an hill on the eastern side of the mountain range Fanaria. One of the first reportings on the village was made back in 1413 by sightseer Christoforo Boudelmonti and at the time it was named "Aperathou" which is when it is believed the village was named after a local resident at the time "Perathos". Prior to the revolution of 1821 a local scholar renamed the village thinking it would attribute archaic prestige to the village.
Today the village maintains a unique character and is one of the most beautiful and traditional settlements in the Cyclades Islands, it is easy to find why the village was nicknamed "the marble village" with marble existing everywhere, in the streets and houses which is further enhanced by the sunlight from the Aegean reflecting all over the village. Apeiranthos is centred around two towers that date back to around the 17th century and were owned by Francs landowners, each corner of the village identifies its own traditional architecture and is strikingly obvious in the different types of chimneys around the streets.
The Aperathean linguistic idiom keeps ancient Greek and Byzantine characteristics along with the traditionally maintained customs like "Koydoynatoi" during the carnival, the tradition of weaving, the traditional Aperathean songs and the ability of its inhabitants "to speak" with verses, all these characteristics give the area a special place among the other villages on the island.
The tradition of the village has its roots in tehe Byzantine ages and in antiquity as it is testified by existing monuments. In the archaeological museum you can see discoveries and finds from the Cycladic ages ( 3rd millenium BC) such as the famous plates of Korfis Aroniou. The folklore museum, geological museum and natural history museum are all very interesting places and well worth a visit whilst on the Island. The Byzantine churches which have running layers of Murals on their walls from the times of Iconoclasm until the 13th century. Apeiranthos is a place of pasturages farmers. poets and artists - all are extremely proud of the place and its authenticity.


Damarionas is a traditional village lying in the centre of Naxos and 16kn from the capital, built on the roots of the mountain Rahi at the end of the Tragaia basin which is full of olives. It is thought the construction of the village began 1400 AC and is as traditional as possible. The first residents of Damarionas lived around the south western beach area of Agiasos but the fear of pirates roaming the cyclades islands around 7th AC forced the villagers inland to forma a new settlement. Resort areas of Agiasos and Pirgaki which are located 15 km south west to Damarionas are wind protected coastal with big wonderful sandy beaches and definitely a place to visit.
The 6th August sees the village festival when the church "Metamorphosis of Sotiros" celebrates which lasts into the evening and fully justifys the acclaimed title of "the hospitable village of Naxos"
At the beginning of the village lies the pottery which is well worth a visit and just beyond this the old olive press which is now a museum
Other places of interest within this area: The bust of the great resident of Damarionas, member of the "friends" company (a greek union that was established to help the revolution of 1821). Ioannis Paparrigopoulos is the monument for residence of Damarionas that died in the national wars. The square of Patelou with the enormous old Platan, the picturesque cafes where you can enjoy marvelous coffees and tasty titbits. In addition, near to Damarionas is located lovely palaiochristian chapels and churches, the Kaorista is built in to a cave in the western side of mount Saint Lias.
You can find superb walking paths beyond the village through the olive trees




Eggare is a lovely traditional village about 8 Km north East of Naxos Town to the Eggares valley. Two of the highlights are the Pradouna Tower & Faneromeni Monastery (built in 17th century) but it also houses some of the best known tavernas on the island. The fortified monastery of Ypsilotera also lies nearby, built in 16th century it rises between the village and the beach of Amiti, during the Frankish rule local farmers sought refuse there. The village crosses two rivers, along one is the abandoned settlements of "Mesa Geitonia" with tower Foufopoulou and "Lagkada".
Other notable monuments is the marble bridge, that needs restoring, on the top of Gennisis mountain the remains of a monastery and in a cavern is the chapel of Agias Gennisis. The village also has two renovated olive presses one of which now hosts the local offices.
Just below the plain is situated the beach, Ammiti, never gets crowded even during high season and is a lovely sandy front.
In the village are few taverns and there is a mini market.


  The biggest village of Naxos consists of two parts, "Glefaro" and "Pahidi", the two areas are seperated by a stream which provides a beautiful vista. During the summer months the village attracts a lot of visitors and the cafes, shops and tavernas are all full of people. The natural beauty of
Filoti is unique, locals over the centuries were proved to be creators of social and economic life based in human values and honesty. Today we enjoy a beautiful village flourishing in its liveliness and authentic character
Small petite squares, graphic alleys places full of flowers and all white streets compose to make a unique fine organisation. When visiting one should not miss out on the historical church of Virgin Mary Dormition to see the white and architectual beauty.
If the small road uphill to the church proves tedious the visitor can always rest in the shade of the square of Lahanario. A walk around the village will prove to be a less tiring pleasant experience as there is so much to see and admire.
Of the many things to see the war memorial, the culture centre, the tower the local neighbourhoods, the alley and churchesaround the village are just a few, also a trip to the rural areas around Filoti will prove to be worthy.
In addition they can visit the Faucet of Ario, the spiliotissa, the tower of Heimmaroy, the Kamino, the sea of Kalantos, the pasture lands, chappels, the castle of Apalirou and add spending time with the shepherds. The area is full of decuctive mystery and pure nature. 
Galanado is a small picturesque village lying 7km from Chora and has views over the the fertile flats of Livadi, it is said that the village took the name from a local resident called Galanos. The residents here participate in agriculture and livestock farming although in the last few years construction of new houses has started at Ag. Isidoros point. In the village there is the curch of Agio built in 1822 which can be confirmed by the encryption above the door. The Tower of Belonia which is situated in the southern side of the village is residue of Venetian domination and today is now privately owned,
Head easterly between the churches of Ag. Georgios and Ag. Eirini and you will find Mitropolos - enormous blocks of stone, which is said to have existed during a Palaeolithic settlement. Just on the border of Potamia the chapel of St. Dimitrios is built into the side of the mountain.
Distance from Naxos Town: Galini: 5 Km - Taverns, ouzeri, mini market, petrol station are available - Nearest beach: Amitis bay - no facilities on the beach - Nearest villages: Agios Thalaleos, Kourounohori, Melanes. The original name was Ahapsi but the village changed to its new name in 1955 and still has only (at last count) 192 residents. Its located on the northern road from Chora to Apollonas about 6km from the capital and lies on the western side of the valley of Eggares. The small school and the one and only cafe lie at the centre of activities in a village that still holds the past traditions and customs from years gone by. The village celebrate 4 major festivals throughout the year, Easter where canes are set on fire along with firecrackers, 15th August the procession of the epitaph of virgin Mary, 29th August the end of summertime and 1st February for Ai Tryfonas who is the protector of farmers. Thay all create and offer particular and unique carnival atmosphere.
There is no shop in the village selling traditional products but do not turn down any offer of the local food. Thee is a small friendly hotel in Galini for calm and peaceful breaks along with a solitary taverna for food and drink. In front of the village extends flat areas with gardens filled with fruit, vine and olive trees, the crops are protected from the air by traditional cane windshields.
From Galini the road leads to the beach at Amiti and after only 100mts from the village the church of Virgin Mary of Attaleiotisa, a further 500mts down the road is the monastery of Ypsilis that was built in 1660 AC. This is one of the most charasmatic monastries of Naxos because of the south western circular tower. The tower is nowadays private but it can still be visited.
The sandy beach of Amiti which is 500mts long is an ideal place for wind surfing when the Meltemi winds strengthen and is a beautiful place for unique romantic nights.


Kerami is one of the most beautiful places on Naxos, the village is near to the olive groves of Tragaia and other all white settlements, its located on the road between Halki & Filoti. In the past Kerami was a small village of poor residents with small fields and only a few animals, since then though it has changed and is now full of new houses and young families with many smaller children. It is a place where the visitor can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of whistle white houses and well kept flowered gardens.
The tower of Markopoliti that enhances the view will help understand the history of the island and imagine how life was in years when it was occupied Francs and Venetians. The tower is of acrchitectual interest and nowadays operates as a museum with precious figurative creations. The tour of the village wont be completed until a visit to the beautiful churches, Saint Apostles in Metohi and Saint Ioannis. Both of them are well conserved and are marvelous remnants of the Byzantine era. At the entrance to the village the main church of Taxiarhis dominates the area, next to the church, up the street there are hospitable cafes that can serve coffee, raki and summertime refreshing drinks, mixed amongst there are the usul tavernas serving food when required.


Keramoti is 25km from Chora and is situated in the area between Koronos, Atraliki and Vouno mountains it lies lost in fields of rich vegitation and is a typical mountainous village. Its located in the centre of Naxos and is served well by the main roads of the island with three smaller streets that lead to Apeirantho, Koronos, Kynidaros and Moni. At this crossroads lies a small church dedicated to the Rise of the Cross (named after its position within the roads), the location of the church is quite unique because from this spot you can see both eastern and western coasts of Naxos.
Along with the other villages mentioned nearby they are named the "Emery villages" (excavation of emery) and is given to the area because of its shape that looks like a tile (Keramos).
To the north ans south of the village there are springs that form two of the most important rivers of Naxos, one at Koronos mountain and the other up Fanari mountain. These two rivers unite at the western point of the village in "Dipotamata point" which then continues to flow as a single river to the west and forms the 6 mtr high waterfall on the island. The running waters that flow throughout the year add a breathtaking beauty to the village that abstains a lot from the usual cycladic landscapes.
The life of the villages very much revolved around the local available water and is testified by the two watermills, the traditional houses and the bridge within Keramoti. The residents of Keramoti are characterised by the simplicity and hosptality of typical mountains village life, with the main occupation of the locals are agriculture and livestock farming.
The village is famous for its wine and honey.
Cars are not permitted down the narrow streets and alleyways to maintain the traditional character of the village. In the centre is the square or "platsa" as it is called by the locals previously the "Platsa" use to be the meeting point of the villagers, the loal church is named Saint Ioannis Theologos and within its grounds a folklore museum is situated.


Kinidaros is lies at an altitude of 400mts and is perfectly situated between vines, olives, oaks, platans and prinies. Tradition reports that the village was originally built in a different location situated in the area of Halandron which had rich and dense vegetation with plenty of water and wild animals.
An ancient aqueduct that was built by Ligdamis in 6th century BC still remains and bridges over the drinking water that even today is provided to Chora and the villages. In Healantron there is a semi abandoned church of Saint Dimitrios with next to it the royal church of Saint Artemois and a little below the ruined settlement of "Kioura". According to tradition and archaeological finds in the Byzantine ages of venetian and Ottoman domination the village was in this area and ruins prove that it was destroyed totally by wild raids of pirates. The few residents that remained after this left for further places inland for safety reasons and thus built their new village "Kinidaros" which is where it is found now.
Kinidaros remained a community up unitil 1998 when it became a part of the municipality of Naxos. As nearly all inland villages the main occupation of the roughly 400 inhabitants is agriculture and livestock farming. Although the last few decades have seen the excavation of marble from around the local mountains which are rich in layers of this stone and provides now one of the most important financial sources for the village.
Reports suggest that after the destruction of Naxos from the Eneteans families were transported inland to various places, the families were instrumentalists, singers and dancers who all seemed to settle in Kinidaros thus probably the reason for the innate love and flair for singing music and dancing.


The name Koronida probably took its name after the concept that it is the main one of many "towns" (small villages) that are situated in the area. It is said that the resident of the village are of pleasant personality amd they are famous for their jokes and playful remarks, people regard this area as the area of the comedians. Koronida was also the name of Asclepiads mother who gave birth to him after her affair with Apollo.
The village is the highest on the island at an altitude of 650m and is amongst a very fertile area, north / north west of Naxos at Malliasmena Chorafia point. The landscape is rough with rich vegetation of platans and oaks.
Enjoy the swimming on the fresh beaches of the local villages around the area all have crystal clean and clear seas. In addition to the local beaches you must try the local food and drink in the tavernas as Komiaki is well known for its wine.
In the area there are a lot of churches as well. Theoskepasti is a very old parish church, which is dedicated to Holy Mother and celebrates on the 8th of September. Panagia Vlakiotissa or Agios Konstantinos, is located southwest of the village, between beautiful orchards and is surrounded by water springs. Explore the dateless vaulted Mycenae tomb in Axos valley near Hostis tap, Kana with the many greek castles, Apollonas and its famous Kouro and the monastery of Agia.


Koronos is one of the oldest, biggest and most mountainous villages of Naxos, the picturesqueness and the beauty of the village are something unique and unfound. It is located in the north west part of the island about 30km from the capital, the biggest part of it is built on one side of a deep and green glen and because of this is named "Votrhoi" (cesspools) upto 1932. The village is divided into seven neighbourhoods.
The "centre", which obviously is in the centre of the square, in there are cafes, the paace of the mayor and a big central well.
The "Anegyrida", this is the most beautiful place in the village, on a green and abrupt mountainside, located around a huge grey rock it inspires and fills with awe anyone who sees it. Main characteristics of this neighbourhood are the very abrupt uphill roads with endless cemented steps.
"Provolakia" is a relatively small neighbourhood with narrow streets and a lovely sculpture.
The "Apano Sterna" this use to be in past years the centre of the life in the village which is located near the centre.
The "Castle" A large area that keeps getting extended due to his proximity to the road
"Katogeitonia, the first houses were built here hidden from the sea away from the pirates view
The "Livadaki" Located here is the local school and the church of Agia Marina and is full of life from the shops and cafes.
Behind the school is the local bakery and in front of that is "Karampinados", a lot of rain during winter use to see the local women washing their clothes here when it was full. One of the major factors for the economy in the village was the excavation of Emery which existed for many years, but now it is very rare whilst the locals deal with acriculture & livestock farming.
The extraordinary street plan and traditional architecture of the houses compose a breathtaking picture that refers to a village of pilion. There are many attraxtions for visitors such as the festivals, walks in the alleys, the steps under stiasta, arches at kakanaski, the squares of the village, and the folklore museum. Small cafes in the "platsa" of the village and on the way to Saint Marina wait for those who wish to try the local sweets and Raki, while the tavernas offer local traditional recipes with an excellent choice. The church of Panayia Argokoilotissa just outside the village attracts thousands of pilgrims each year to its festival.


Melanes village which took its name from its blackish colour (Melenes means blackish) is one of the most ancient settlements in naxos, its name originates from a fable very similar to the one of Roxanne at which teo brothers after duel for the right to govern Naxos killed each other in the area, where today the Byzantine church of Saint Georgios is situated.
At Flerios point the the first faculties of sculptures originated, this is where Kouros of Melanes was found, a piece of work from the 6th century BC (to put in to context this is much older than the Acropolis in Athens) and also bethel of the sources (the house of archaic ages). Other significant monument is the tower of Jesuilt, this is one of the medieval buildings that is dated roughly to 1680 AC, it is thought this is perhaps one of the most important buildings in the middle ages not only in Greece but the whole of the mediteranean. Of the monuments still existing there is the roman aqueduct and the archaic aqueduct that were transporting water from Fleriou point to Chora (four parts of this are saved in various points) In addition also around here is the Byzantine cgurch of Saint Georgios, virgin Mary of Kryptomatis, the tower of Sanoudos in the Koyrnohori and the olive press of Demari.
The olive groves that flow to make the green valleys and the remarkable watermills are wonderful sights that are not to be missed and after all this sightseeing the traditional village tavernas are waiting to serve beautiful local products.


Moni is situated at an altitude of 500m on a green mountainous side in central Naxos (Mountain Fanari). The natural location is one of the most beautiful balconies of the Aegean sea and harbours fields full of olives, vineyards, fruit trees, green vegetables, tomatoes ans water melons. This landscape following the bubbling stream with the old stone bridge next to the village overflows as a torrent and shapes a green basin full of crops tearing between the mountains and leads to the sea that it is still visible from Moni even though it is 20km away. This incredible view when the sky and the sea merge into a beautiful blue reveals vistas of the Aegean sea and the observer can easily the neighbouring island of Paros.
Since ancient times it was the natural place for the Goddess of wisdom who was worshipped in the Antiquity as "Athens Drosos" and later when the christianism prevailed became "Virgin Mary Drosiani". The tradition is the icon of the "Virgin Mary Drosiani" refreshes because she diffused dew in the environment, but also sweats each time that Moni and its residents were threatened by anyone thus issuing a signifant warning. The icon is situated in an ancient Palaiochristian chapel which is a short distance from the village. the church constitutes a very important monument with frescos from the 6th century which are more ancient than those at Ravenna. The eldest part of the chapel with the primative conical room and the three niches in the side is built with naked stonework and plates in the roof, while the construction leads to the conclusion that there was probably a mausoleum situated here to a certain moment in the past.
The craftsmen of Moni were famous for their architecture manufactured many bridges etc all over the island. When reaching the war memorial at the entrance to the village you can walk in the picturesque alleyways of the village on the way to the square, on the way there is two old olive presses and the remains of an old Venetian tower, whilst at the other end the source of Moni - the well.
If the men are famous for their architecture then the women are just as famous for their art in looming, still practicing the traditional textile art and thus passing their techniques on to the younger girls.
Other must sees and do's are the wood carving workshop, woodcut in olive which is on the way to Halki and to taste the locally produced wimes and cheese which Moni as a tradition in. These beautiful tastes are produced by the local residents and households of the village along with Raki and traditional mezes.


Potamia is one of the most beautiful and traditional villages in Naxos, it is barely 8km from the capital, lodged in a green valley with age long platans, gardens full of fruit trees and many other wonders that make the visitor wonder strucked. It took its name from the rivers that cross the village and run throughout the year. Its made up of of four areas, Pano Potamia, Mesaia Potamia, Kato Potamia and Lierado and the residents deal are occupied with agriculture and livestock farming.
According to tradition the first people that arrived on the magical island of Naxos were the prehistoric populationm Thraces, Kares and then the Ionians. However because they were suffering frequent attacks from pirates they began moving more inland trying to fing area from where they could defend themselves better, thus eventually resching Potamia. Once reaching here they realised the wealth of the valley which yielded the spring source of Theologos at anytime of the year from this they planted many fruit trees and flowers which then changed it quickly into a very important area on the island. Where they didnt have the accessible water they planted the olive trees.
As the old ruins testify in the early years of the Byzantine empire the early settlers was Ziria into the valley of Potamia, near to this was built another settlement called "Psarrou" which was found in front of the elementary school , the ruins that lay here confirm so. Later the 3rd settlement was built, Lierados on the banks of the river and 200m from the aforementioned school and then followed the three villages that exist today which constitute the community of Potamia. The settlers noticed the importance of the spring source and subsequently built fourteen watermills for the milling of cereals for the residents.
When Naxos was taken over by the venetian origin Francs invaders and under the protection of the Dukes of Naxos they occupied the valley of Potamia and divided as they wanted. From then they built eight imposing towers: Massena, Della Rocka, Kokkoy, Bageri, Malatesta, Afentikon, Mousou Mari and Ammodaras. Visitors can see the castle, the girl of Potamia (statue of woman) and should not foget the marble "Faucet of Faraksou" for which tales report that Franc house holders changed its original shape so their wives could sit around the base and discuss romance with them. The residents here can provide the tastiest "titbits" and provide the kindest hospitality.


Sagri, the apple of Naxos eye, the village is situated above a hill with the horizon in front of it and is also named "small Mystras" because of the abundance of Byzantine churches. In the middle of the village is the famous monastery of Saint Eleftherios is situated, this also functioned as a secret school in the years of Ottoman domination and now is the home for the folklore museum. Near the village is one of the most important achaeological sites of the island , Gyroulas with its recently restores Temple of Demeter and a remarkable museum.
The village is also famous for its venetian towers, two of which are situated in Kato Sagkri a preserved settlement, while a third Palaiologou Tower has been neatly renovated and falls only 20 feet away. Not only the archaeological sites and churches make Sagri stand out, but the enchanting beaches with white sands and wonderful colours of the sea. Mikri Vigla is a very famous beach along with wind protected Vigla & Orkos, in the summer wind surfers gather in Orkos to enjoy the surf taking advantage of the cool Meltemi.
After Mikri Vigla the extensive beaches of Kastraki and Glyfada spread to the bays of Alykos and a magnificent forest of small ceder trees coming out of the white sand. It is a landscape of unique beauty on the island, alongside these beaches there are many hotels, villas and rooms for visitors to enjoy and it can be a beautiful and hospitable places.


Its a small but unique villages, it stands out because of the old mansions with tiles, classic balconies, garlands on the roof and paved slab courtyards. Located beside the stream with high trees, streams and ponds where women regularly used to wash clothes. Thousands of visitors each year experience a different feeling of enjoyment abd exploration of an area that successfully marries the past with the present. Most houses are renovated and remind us of the wealth of those people that lived here when life in other villages was very tough.  
Inside and around the village there are many ancien ruins, Byzantine churches full of frescoes and high venetian towers. Major monuments are the Panagia Protothroni (6th century), Saint George the Diasoritis (9th Century) and the tower of Barotsi which is a magnificent building built in the early 17th century by the venetian family Barozzi. Over recent years the village has shown a resurgence, a seat of municipality, a county court, a notarys office, a land registry and various shops that serve the area. There is one of the many lovely restaurants situated in the square with interesting flavours that await the visitor during summertime. The distillery "Vallindra" offers to visitors an exceptional drink of Citron, distilled from the leaves of citrons. Eminent textiles (handmade) prompt whoever sees them to admire them and to ensure a memoir from the island for him and his friends.


As you look from the street up towards the windmills on the hill you would think its a painting. The village is located in the south western part of the island a passageway to the marvellous beaches of Kastraki - Aliko and Pyrgaki. The village is also well known for its history, the hospitality of its residents, the archaeological monuments such as Paliopyrgos of Plaka, the chapel of Agios Matthaios, and the virgin Mary Tripodiotissa.
Similar to some other villages because of the fear of pirates and the devastating raids the settlement was transported inland to subsequently become one of the largest villages in the valley. The name is connected with the fairy tale of the Tower of Plaka and according to fairytale the old king of Naxos places a bet with two young men on order for his only daughter to choose the most capable one as her husband. The first feat was the manufacture of a tower, the other one the transport of water from the Kampones to Chora, these had to be completed in one day. The men struck up a deal between themselves where one of them was to make the tower and the other one the aqueduct. Just before nightfall they both reached the palace at the same time, fought and killed each other! After this the princess went to live in the tower until one day it collapsed and the princess disappeared, the villagers brought to the village a tripod stool to replace it and from then on they named it Tripodes.