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NAXOS ISLAND

Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to NAXOS Naousa Apirathos Koufonisi

MYKONOS ISLAND

MYKONOS ISLAND  Apri
Loc. MIKONOS - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
39 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
Altitude: 6 mt. a.s.l.  Area Naousa, Naxos, Apirathos
  Brochure PDF
This is the Ibiza of Greece. A beautiful island in the Cyclades, which looks just like the postcards: white little houses with flowers and blue windows and doors, hand painted streets, windmills, pigeon keepers, chimneys, lots of little churches and wonderful restaurants and cafes. Many of the Greek jetsetters either have a house here or visit every summer, and the nightlife is very developed. You will see a lot of eccentrics especially at night time. Even though it is a party-island, it is not as loud as for example Ios and Kos, so you can get sleep at night. Mykonos has a reputation for being a summer resort for mainly gay men, which is not entirely true. The gay audience is present, but it is also a glamorous place for the rich and famous, which is painfully clear to whoever has a look at the prices on the menus. The island was once very poor, and the people tried to survive on fishing and stock breeding on the harsh land. A major industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the economy over since it started in the 1950's and the locals have a double attitude towards this: it may have saved the economy but some also feel that it has taken over too much. Architecture: With the exception of Mykonos town, Chora, all over Mykonos you will see the typical Cycladic cubist style of architecture. Small, often single storey white cubes sprinkled over the landscape like little iced cakes. Mykonos town however offers a different architectural style that is unique in the area. Here, flanking the narrow winding streets are buildings reminiscent of a medieval style. Every house is reached via a flight of straight steps, parallel to the road, whilst the space underneath these steps was traditionally kept for storage. Atop the steps is a wooden painted balcony that sometimes projects over the road to nearly touch the balcony of the house across the street. Here too, you will find a change from the ubiquitous blue and white decor of Greece. In Mykonos town the wooden structures of every house are painted in a rainbow of colours, against the whitewashed walls and blue sky, the effect is absolutely delightful. Landscape: Outside of the capital Chora there are very few densely populated areas. Villages and hamlets scatter the hillsides. In some areas there is fairly intensive development of holiday complexes, although it must be said, in a very low-key and sympathetic way. Being an island that receives the four winds head on, there are very few trees in the landscape. this, together with the rocks and boulders strewn across the terrain, give a strange and desolate feeling to the island that contrasts starkly to the sophisticated busyness of its main town. History: Mykonos according to mythology, was the place where Heracles ed the giants. The rocks around the island are supposedly their corpses!!! Mykonos was the first ruler on the island according to tradition, and the first known settlers we know of were the Ionians in the 9th century BC. The island was to fall under Athenian, Macedonian and Roman rule in the years to come, just like the surrounding islands. The Venetians conquered the island in 1207, and their Duchy later until the Turks invaded in the first half of the 16th century. All Greek school-children have read about the heroine Manto Mavrogenous who success-fully fought the Turks after they tried to land on the island in 1822, a year after the war of Independence had broken out. Her house can still be seen on Mykonos. Mykonos was liberated in 1830. It was quite exhausted after the war, and it was not until tourism started pick up that the island got on its feet economically again.

MIKRI VIGLA BEACH

MIKRI VIGLA BEACH  Apri
Loc. NAXOS ISLAND - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
9 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
  Area Apirathos, Naousa, Koufonisi

A fusion of stunning nature, stone, sunlight and sparkling sea, Naxos lies to the center of Cyclades. Naxos is the island of mythology and ancient history. It has exercised a powerful charm to the Aegean culture since ancient times. It was the birthplace of one of the Mediterranean's most important civilizations, the Cycladic Civilization. Aegean Sea in Greece is known world-wide for the pure and admirable beaches and Naxos testifies by all means that reputation. Fertile by nature, Naxos has a great reputation also in agriculture. Traditional farms and ss, dairy production units, wine yards, olive tree forests and many more can be found across the island in a picturesque background where the rocky mountains blend into the fertile valleys and the Cycladic architectural villages.On the South - West part of Naxos lays one of the most beautiful beaches of the Aegean Sea, Mikri Vigla. Endued by nature Mikri Vigla is famous for the golden sand that goes into the crystal-clear blue waters of the Aegean. Untouched by mass tourism has maintain the sweet symmetry of the traditional Cycladic architecture combined in harmony with the wild beauty of the coastal landscape. The cape of Mikri Vigla constitutes a rare geological phenomenon due to the unique cedar-tree forest, one of the few world-wide but also because of its archeological wealth. Ancient inscriptions and messages, engraved over the wind-beaten hillsides, transport the visitor back into the past and unfold the pages of history.On both sides of Mikri Vigla's cape lay two incomparable beaches that each of them transpires different charms, enabling them to content the desires of guests of any kind. On the North side you will find the bay with the isle of "Parthena" surfacing in the middle giving a savor beauty to the landscape. The North beach is more sui for sports as it is world-wide known for the "Meltemi" wind that appeal windsurfers, kitesurfers and sportsmen of any kind since many years. On the South side lays one of the longest and of unique beauty beaches not only of Naxos but of Cyclades in general. Shallow but also deep crystal-clear waters fading in the endless sandbanks of the beach embrace gently the indefinable shaped rocks of Mikri Vigla cape creating a natural safe harbor for small boats. The "Limanaki" beach as it is called, one of the most attractive beaches in Cyclades for swimming, is responsible for the lake located only a few meters from the seashorethat was also used to produce salt, one of the main export goods of Naxos.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM  Apri
Loc. MYKONOS ISLAND - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
39 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
  Area Naousa, Naxos, Apirathos

The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos Greece. Located near the quay this museum was built in 1902 to house archaeological finds excavated in 1898 from the "Purification Pit" made by Athens in 426-425 BC in the island of Rhenia, the necropolis of Delos. Today, this interesting museum also exhibits potteries from Delos, funerary statues, grave stalae and jewellery from Rhenia Island.

THE ANCIENT ISLAND OF DELOS

THE ANCIENT ISLAND OF DELOS  Apri
Loc. DELOS - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
37 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
  Area Naousa, Naxos, Apirathos

If you ever visit Mykonos, then a trip to Delos is certainly in your future. A quick boat ride from the party capital of the Aegean, Delos is a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a unique look into Greece of antiquity.A holy sanctuary for millennia, Delos is the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis which made this an important pilgrimage site for ancient Greeks. Not only a sacred religious destination, Delos was also an equally important financial and political center. The Delian League, whose name is derived from the island, was an alliance of city-states formed to guard against Persian attacks. This loose alliance became an economic powerhouse and quickly turned into an empire.Today Delos, as it was in antiquity, is little more than a barren rock with scrub vegetation. However the island is now home to one of the most remarkable archeological excavations in Greece.

KOUFONISIA ISLAND

KOUFONISIA ISLAND  Apri
Loc. KOUFONISIA - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
27 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
Altitude: 0 mt. a.s.l.  Area Apirathos, Amorgos, Naxos
  Brochure PDF

Few islands are comparable to Koufonissi, which has some of the best beaches of all of the Cycladic islands. Off course there are many islands that have nice beaches, but Koufonissi IS a beach, and the ocean this marvellous ocean is never far away. If you do not appreciate powder white sand and crystal clear water, Koufonissi can also offer small bays where you sometimes find yourself entirely on your own, lagoons which you can regard as your private jacuzzi, exciting caves to swim in and beautiful rock formations where you can laze on your back reading a good book. A part from the nice beaches and splendid bathing, there is a seldom seen serenity here. This largely depends on that the island is so small that are hardly any roads and therefore almost no car traffic.

KAVO LIVADI

KAVO LIVADI  Apri
Loc. MYKONOS - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
37 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
  Area Naxos, Naousa, Apirathos

Kalo Livadi Mykonos: Kalo Livadi is one of the longest beaches in Mykonos and quite popular for the facilities and the parties. It is found between Kalafatis and Elia beach, located 10 km from Mykonos Town and 2 km from Ano Mera. The vast beauty of the exotic waters and the idyllic setting mark the landscape of this beach. It is well-organized with many umbrellas and sundecks available for your comfort under the hot sun, the ideal destination for people who wish to spend some days away from the noisy crowd. Everyone can find space to lay their towel in the sand. Many families tend to visit Kalo Livadi due to the shallow and clean waters and the quiet atmosphere. There are various types of accommodation around the beach as well as great taverns.

NAOUSSA PORT

NAOUSSA PORT  Apri
Loc. PAROS - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
12 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
Altitude: 19 mt. a.s.l.  Area Naxos, Apirathos, Mikonos
  Brochure PDF

The beautiful picturesque fishing village of Naoussa is located in a huge bay in the northern part of Paros, 10 kilometres east from the capital, Parikia.Naoussa is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades and, despite the development of tourism, this lovely village has manage to keep its authenticity, its character and its charm, with its whitewashed and flowered little houses and its tiny whitewashed churches and chapels, surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow, stone-paved streets.The lovely village of Naoussa is built amphitheatrically around a tiny picturesque port where little colourful fishing boats called caiques are mooring and where remains of a Venetian castle can still be seen, creating a particular and enchanting atmosphere.Little taverns and ouzeries (places where we drink ouzo and eat appetizers, called mezedes) are boarding the port, creating a friendly and traditional atmosphere.

APHIRANTOS VILLAGE

APHIRANTOS VILLAGE  Apri
Loc. APIRATHOS - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
13 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
Altitude: 588 mt. a.s.l.  Area Naxos, Koufonisi, Naousa
  Brochure PDF

Apiranthos is a large village and sits precariously on a hilltop. Journey to the top of the town to park, and this is also where buses stop. From there, there is a largish street, beyond the impressive Church of Panagia Apeirathitissa which is one of the oldest churches of the island and houses some fine and valuable icons. All the museums are situated there. Apiranthos has three interesting museum which are the Archaeological Museum of Apiranthos, a Museum of Folk Art and an interesting Geological Museum.

PARAPORTIANI CHURCH

PARAPORTIANI CHURCH  Apri
Loc. MIKONOS - CYCLADES ISLANDS  Navigatore
39 Km from NAXOS ISLAND
  Area Naousa, Naxos, Apirathos

The Church of Panagia Paraportiani is situated in the neighbourhood of Kastro, in the town of Chora, on the Greek island of Mykonos. Its name literally means Our Lady of the Side Gate in Greek, as its entrance was found in the side gate of the entrance to the Kastro area. The building of this church started in 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century. This impressive, whitewashed church actually consists of five other churches attached all together: the four churches (Saint Estathios, Saint Sozon, Saints Anargyroi and Saint Anastasia) are all on the ground and constitute the base of the fifth church that has been built on top of them. This architectural spottiness has made Panagia Paraportiani the most photographed church on Mykonos.

Excursions and attractions in CYCLADES ISLANDS close to NAXOS Naousa Apirathos Koufonisi: 'MYKONOS ISLAND'   'MIKRI VIGLA BEACH'   'THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM'   'THE ANCIENT ISLAND OF DELOS'   'KOUFONISIA ISLAND'   'KAVO LIVADI'   'NAOUSSA PORT'   'APHIRANTOS VILLAGE'   'PARAPORTIANI CHURCH'  

CYCLADES ISLANDS

The Cyclades are the most touted island cluster of the Aegean and includes some of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands! The spellbinding co-existence of white and blue in Cycladic architecture; the traditional way of life; the island songs; the warm hospitality; the stark landscape embroidered with deserted country churches; the stunning coasts; and the gorgeous beaches, all make a trip to the Cyclades a unique and unforget experience. The islands' total surface comes to 2,528 square kilometers. Of the 2,200 islands, small islands and islets of the cluster only 25 are inhabited today. The capital of the Cyclades is Ermoupolis on the island of Syros. The name of the cluster, 'Cyclades', means 'the islands' and refers to the circle the islands form around the sacred island of Delos. Greek mythology has it that the Cyclades were created by the God Poseidon, who turned the Cyclades nymphs into islands after the nymphs had provoked the god's wrath. The Cyclades have been inhabited since prehistoric times, while the Cycladic civilization flourished from 3200 BC to 1000 BC (early Cycladic, middle Cycladic, and late Cycladic periods) when the island cluster, due to its geographical position, became the hub of commerce and culture. In the 16th c. BC the eruption of the Thera volcano put an end to the area's growth. A few centuries later, the Dorians settled on the island. During the Byzantine period, the Cyclades belonged to the Aegean Theme, a Byzantine administrative division, and later were ruled successively by the Venetians and the Franks. For many centuries the Cyclades were the focus of fierce pirate raids. The ravages the pirate raids caused were such that, during the Turkish Occupation, the islands were given permission to build their own ships so that they may face the pirates on equal terms. After the 1830 Treaty of London, the Cyclades were joined with the Greek State. Today, the Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Ios, Syros, Tinos, Milos, Kea, Amorgos, Sifnos, Serifos, Andros, Kythnos, Kimolos, Anafi, Folegandros, Sikinos, and Koufonisia) are visited by millions of Greek and foreign visitors who, in the radiant light and blue, crystal-clear sea waters of the Cyclades, are each looking for their own 'enchanted holiday'.