Naxos Town (Port) - Melanes (Kouros Statue)- Kinidaros - Panagia Drossiani - Filoti - Damalas - Pyrgaki - Naxos Town (Port)
Runs on: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Duration: 8 hours
Guided in English and Greek
Children up to 8 years old may join us for free.
From 8 up to 13 years old: 50% discount.
Enjoy a relaxing tour through central Naxos, visit traditional villages, admire great monuments and finish your day at the unspoiled, exotic beach of Pyrgaki.
Departing from Naxos Town, first stop is Melanes. In Flerio you will meet the famous “Kouros”, one of the most striking examples of Naxian art.
Then follows the village of Kinidaros where you will make a short stop to photo-shoot the famous marble quarries of Naxos.
Continue your tour to one of the oldest monasteries of Byzantine Balkans, Panagia Drosiani. An exquisite sample of Byzantine architecture embroidered with unique frescoes that will amaze you.
Stretching amphitheatrically on the slopes of two hills at the foot of Mount Zas, stands Filoti, the largest village of Naxos and Cyclades. Here you will visit its central church and learn the touching story of its construction. Then, have some free time to stroll among its neighborhoods and small shops of local products.
After departing from Filoti and going through the beautiful plain of Tragaia, you reach the small picturesque village of Damalas with the renovated traditional olive press and the pottery workshop.
Last stop will be Pyrgaki Beach. Drive through the famous cedar forest to end up at an exotic sandy beach on the southwest coast. Here you will have free time for swimming and lunch.
- Pick up/ Drop off service from central locations in the areas of Naxos Town, Stelida, Ag.Prokopios, Ag. Anna, Plaka
- Modern, luxury air-conditioned vehicle
- Professional English/ Greek speaking Escort
- Professional driver
- All taxes
- Meals and Drinks
- Personal Expenses
Melanes (Kouros Statue)
The Kouros of Melanes at Flerio is 4.7 metre long statue (Kouros) of Naxian marble, located in a village garden in Melanes. The kouros of Flerio lies in the shade of a rural garden. The figure is unfinished and had been roughly worked with chisels by ancient stonemasons. This is clear from the many dents, which cover the entire statue.
The remarkable Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Drossiani –a short distance from Moni Village, is one of the oldest Byzantine churches not only in Naxos but also in Greece and definitely a place to visit, in the middle of a beautiful scenery.
The church, part of an old monastery, has a unique architectural style, with bare stone-walls, a three-part attic with dome and three adjoining chapels on the northern side with square dome bases on their roofs.
Some of the frescoes that have been saved date to the 6th century and are considered among the oldest in the Balkans, while the rest belong to the period between the 11th and 14th centuries.
The church also features a marble iconostasis, marble stands for votive candles and the old icon of Panagia Drossiani – connected with many legends and traditions.
According to one of these, the church was so named because the area was blessed by Virgin Mary with plentiful waters and was therefore ‘cool’ (Drossia=coolness).
Filoti is the largest of all Naxian villages. Set amphitheatrically on the slopes of two hills at the foot of Mount Zas, it is virtually surrounded by impressive summits which leave two openings, one headed west to Tragea, the other south to the local livestock farms.
The village’s main square, is surrounded by cafes, traditional eateries, restaurants and a variety of retail outlets. An imposing over a hundred years old plane tree dominates the square's center.
The small village of Damalas, spread in amphitheatric fashion at the foot of Lagos hill in the valley of Tragea, is visible from many other locations on the island and offers excellent views. The inhabitants are few but with a keen of hospitality and preserving their culture and traditions.
The village of Damalas, in common with the entire Tragea valley, also has a strong tradition in pottery due to the clayey soil in the area. The church of Agia Irini, built around 1800, features an elaborate marble iconostatis and a singular marble font.
Pyrgaki Beach is located at the south-west of Naxos and is an ideal destination for all those who want to enjoy an extremely beautiful environment. The north winds cannot reach the area because of the location of the beach. Pyrgaki is an area protected by the NATURA 2000 network because of its rare natural beauty which combines sea and cedars.