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The best off-the-beaten-path things and experiences in Naxos

Aegean islands ● Cyclades ● Naxos ● 06 July 2017

Naxos is the ultimate destination for those, who want to combine all. Stunning beaches with turquoise water, gorgeous villages , numerous ancient sites and museums, family holidays and top gastronomic pleasure. However, many travellers are searching for something different, the authentic side of the island, and fortunately, Naxos can give them that too. Naxos is a large island and there, you can find many unspoiled places to do things off-the-beaten-track and enjoy moments away from the crowds.


Halki, in the centre of Naxos, is an authentic island that has kept its Venetian style. Halki, which is located 16 km from Naxos Chora, used to be the capital of the island as well as the main administrative and trade centre. Neoclassical buildings, Venetian towers and Byzantine churches testify the past wealth and prosperity of Halki. In Halki, you can spend some relaxing moments away from the mass tourism and explore a village, which is not as famous as Naxos Chora or Apiranthos, but it is equally beautiful.

Kouros Statue

Outside the village of Melanes, in the countryside of Naxos, can be seen the remarkable statue of Kouros. It lies on the ground, at the exact position, where it was found by the archaeologists. It is 6 meters long and dates back to the 7th century B.C. Historians believe that this huge statues represents either a god or a local hero. Another Kouros statue is located 200 m from the first, and there is also a third statue in the village of Apollonas. If you have seen the impressive Portara many times and you want something different, this statue, which looks like hidden on the ground, is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about the history of Naxos, admiring this treasure in its natural place and not inside a cold museum.

Kouros Statue

Pyrgaki Beach

Forget the crowded beaches of Agios Prokopios beach (Naxos), Agia Anna Beach (Naxos) and Mikri Vigla Beach (Naxos). Spend a day in the exotic beach of Pyrgaki, and you will feel like being on a secluded oasis. Pyrgaki is a golden, calm beach that reflects the peaceful character of Naxos. Soft sand, calm waters and the sun warming your face are the only things you want to forget everything.

Pyrgaki Beach

Hiking paths on Mount Zeus

Mount Zeus is the mountain of Naxos and the best place for the lovers of hiking. Start from the village of Filoti a circular trail, during which you can see sheep, fountains, windmills, caves and of course the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea from the top of the mountain.