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The traditional cuisine of Naxos: a top gastronomic experience

Cyclades ● Naxos ● 11 June 2017
 

The fertile nature of Naxos provides the island with local goods that are unique for their taste and texture. The traditional local food of Naxos will impress you and travel you in a gastronomic paradise, where the only think you can do is to enjoy the Naxian cuisine.

Naxos is the largest island of Cyclades complex, but still, it is not a big island, such as Crete for instance. However, its cuisine is not uniform, but it is divided into three categories. In the local dishes of the coastal regions fish and seafood are prevailing. In the cuisine of the plains, vegetable and cattle dishes have a leading role, while in the mountainous villages, goat and sheep dishes constitute the Naxian cuisine.

Among the best local products you can try and buy in Naxos, are the Naxian potatoes, the sweet tomato, the dairy products, such as graviera or xinotyro cheese, and the citron liqueur. But you will have the best culinary experience of your life when you taste the savoury dishes of Naxos that will please your stomach in an amazing way.

Naxos Chora

Patoudo is lamb stuffed with chard, fennel, aromatic herbs and garlic, and it is the main course on Easter Sunaday, although you can find it in Naxos every day.

Pig rosto is pork leg stuffed with wine and praised with wine, but in the traditional taverns of Naxos, you will find many other signature dishes, such as goat with Naxian potatoes or pasta, pork fricassee, rabbit braised in wine and veal stew with eggplant.

Koukoulomaeria is a soup with white beans, wheat, corn and olive oil, while sefoukloti is a sweet-savoury pie with chards or wild greens, parsley, fennel, onion, mint and rice.

From the fish dishes, the most famous recipes in Naxos are salachtouri, which is rays salad with lemon dressing, marinated anchovies, lobster pasta and grilled octopus.

Among the signature desserts of Naxos, melachrino is famous all over Greece. It is a kind of karydopita (= walnut cake) made from a small quantity of citron liqueur and served with kaimaki ice cream, which is the ice cream made from mastic resin and sheep's milk.

Where to Stay

Boutique Hotel in Naxos, Greece Aeolis Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Aeolis Boutique Hotel
Naxos Chora, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Modern, boutique hotel conveniently located 200 m from the center of the historic town of Naxos and 2 minutes walk from the beach of Agios Georgios. The distance from the main port of the island is 500 m and from the Naxos airport 2,5 km.

Villa in Naxos, Greece Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites
9.9 10
Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites
Stelida, Agios Prokopios, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Luxury villas located on a rocky hill 2 km from the popular beach of Agios Prokopios, 5 km from the capital, Naxos Chora, and 2,5 km from the Naxos airport.

Hotel in Naxos, Greece Annita's Village Hotel
9.1 10
Annita's Village Hotel
Main Street, Agia Anna, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Annita's Village Hotel is located in Agia Anna, a 10-minute walk from Agia Anna Beach and Plaka Beach. Naxos town, the capital of the island, and the main port are at 7 km. Naxos Airport is a 10-minute drive from the property.


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