This route leads to the highest mountain of all the Cycladic islands, Zas Mountain. Legend says that Zas has taken its name from the ancient God Zeus, who lived in the cave of Zas located on the western side of the mountain.
This hike starts from the little church of Agia Marina, between the villages of Filoti and Danakos. There, it is an easy trail and after 45 minutes of walking, there is a crossing. Going right is the best choice, because the other path is tougher.
While reaching the top, a view of the whole island of Naxos is provided which is definitely impressing. It isit is about 5,5km hiking, that is covered in 2 and a half hours (average time).
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Edition: June 2009
It is the first map of Naxos where the island’s entire coastline is mapped Cartography was done with a specially equipped and staffed cartographic vessel.
The incredibly beautiful beach resort of Mikri Vigla is located 18 kilometres away from the capital and consists in two wonderful sandy beaches separated by an impressive hill. The northern beach of Mikri Vigla is wonderful, with soft golden sand and crystalline turquoise waters and is blessed by the meltemi (north winds specific to the Cyclades) which make it an ideal place for wind/kitesurfing.
Moutsouna is located at the eastern side of Naxos and it is the only natural port of the island, used mainly by the settlement of Apiranthos for exporting emery mined from the around areas. On your way from Apiranthos to Moutsouna you will see the old rail "air way", through which emery was transported from the mines to port's ladder in order to be loaded on the boats.
The beach of Lionas is situated in front of the homonymous scenic village, at a distance of 38 kilometers northeastern to the town of Naxos (Chora), at the northeastern coast of the island. Only a few facilities for accommodation are available in the village, but, once here, you will enjoy very much the calm beach with the deep crystal clear sea.
Located at 5 kilometres away from the capital, Agios Prokopios is one of the most popular beaches of Naxos and considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. The long golden sandy beach extends over 1, 5 kilometres and has beautiful crystalline waters, protected from the strong winds frequently blowing on the island.
Gerolimnionas is a beautiful untouched beach located 3km from Chora and can be reached after almost a 30 minutes' walk following the dirt road and then the narrow scenic path. It is sandy and its turquoise waters make it ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing.
This sandy beach is the closest to the capital and for that it is one of the most popular and crowded beach of the island. It is very long, extending for many kilometres and is full organized, proposing sun beds and umbrellas for rent as well as various water sports facilities.
Only by foot or by boat: these are the only ways to reach the beach of Pezoulia. If you chose the second, you’d better prefer the left side (from your perspective) of the bay, not only to enjoy the beach but also to take the way that will lead you to Aloni; it’s a large plateau with a huge fig and a sealed well.
Parianos beach is set on the south west coast of Koufonissia and it consists in a large sandy beach naturally protected from the winds as it is in fact the harbor where the small fishing boats are anchored. This place is ideal for families with young children and people who do not like transportations.
On your quest for good beaches in Koufonisia, you can go from Platia Pounda to Pori and continue to a small beach called Gala. Gala means milk in the Greek Language and the beach gets this distinctive name from the frothy waves that one can see in the interior of the caves.
Just 200-300 meters separate the headlamps from the shores of the Italian or otherwise Platia Punta. The trail moves along the coast and goes side by 2-3 small individual 'pools' with pebbles or sand, fringed by rocks, which they prefer mainly nudist.