Náxos is the biggest and the greenest island in Cyclades with impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops, where the inhabitants still wear their traditional dress and live off the fruits of the land!
Náxos is also an island of beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with Cycladic cubic houses.
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Explore traditional villages spread around the island, with a particular, “magical” character: Apérathos is a colourful mountainous village boasting five museums, stone-built houses, beautiful squares and narrow alleys paved with marble, and Panayia Drosiani, a beautiful church of the Early Christian Period! Filoti, built on the top of a rock, is a picturesque mountainous village surrounded by lush vegetation with cubic shaped houses and narrow stone-paved alleys.
Early morning transfer from your Athens hotel to Piraeus pier for ferry embarkation, sailing for Naxos . Early afternoon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAYS 2 & 3
Two days to wander around the biggest and the greenest island in Cyclades. Naxos has impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops. Nàxos is also an island of beautiful old churches, monasteries, and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with Cycladic cubic houses
Transfer to Naxos pier for your return ferry/hydro to Athens. On arrival in Piraeus pier, end of our services.
The Catholic Cathedral in Naxos main town, Chora, was built in the medieval era. It went through various construction phases before taking its final shape in the 17th century. Its marble floor is richly decorated with 17th and 18th century memorial stones depicting the family crests of some of the most prominent Catholic families that were active on the island from the 16th century onwards. A double-sided icon, depicting Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, stands amidst an abundance of baroque-style décor in the central podium. Dated back to the 12th century, it is older than the cathedral itself. Other icons reveal the fusion of Byzantine and western styles under the influence of the Venetian-Cretan school, from which the celebrated artist and architect El Greco, born Domenikos Theotokopoulos, emerged.
Of medieval Kastro’s estimated twelve towers only one remains.According to local legend, this surviving monument, known as the Crispi Tower, served as the palace of the dynasty of the same name.In actual fact, however, it was the private mansion of the illegitimate son of Duke Guillermo II Crispo (r1453-63), Jacobo, who did not have hereditary rights to the dynasty but briefly served as governor in 1494.These days, the tower serves as a Byzantine Museum. The lintel at the tower’s entrance is adorned with rather unusual heraldry that combines both Ottoman and Russian elements.