"Island hop between Naxos and two of the unspoilt Small Cyclades islands"
Island hop between Naxos and two of the unspoilt Small Cyclades islands, Iraklia & Amorgos, and explore them at your own pace. Walk along Naxos’ ancient trails, through mountainous quaint villages, venetian towers, olive groves and incredible landscapes. Visit the old fortified ‘Kastro’ settlement, ancient temples, abandoned kouros statues and experience the unique Greek hospitality and island culture. Finish with a walk at the top of Mt. Zas, the highest peak of the Cyclades, where Zeus was given the thunder to conquer Mt. Olympus!
Continue to the pristine island of Iraklia in the Small Cyclades, an ideal setting for nature walks and exciting explorations as well as swimming into solitary beaches. Iraklia is especially quiet with 100 permanent resident and therefore an ideal destination for travellers wishing to relax and get a taste of traditional life on a remote island.
Our final stop, the ‘pirate’ island of Amorgos and setting of Luc Besson’s “Big Blue”, will amaze you with its mountainous trails, picturesque villages, the most beautiful “Chora” in the Cyclades, its dramatic landscapes, deep blue waters, astounding bays, its aromatic herbs, birds of prey, hospitality and character of its residents!
Check below our recommended 10-day Naxos & Iraklia & Amorgos self-guided walking holiday itinerary…
You’ll continue your walk to Mitropolis square, where ruins of Naxos’s Mycenaean capital have been excavated dating from 1300 BC and end the walk north of the port, at the islet of Palatia and the unfinished Temple of Apollo (6th century BC). This is the best place in the island to watch the sunset! Have supper at one of our favourite taverns and try Naxos’ famous local agricultural products.
The path continues through impressive landscapes and rock formations towards the remote rustic village of Moni where we recommend to stop at the village’s kafenio for a drink and lunch to suck in the slow pace of traditional island life as well as the delicious day dishes prepared with local ingredients. You will take the beautiful ‘Byzantine’ path as it is often called due to the number of Byzantine churches on the way towards Chalki, one of the most picturesque villages, situated in an area lush with olive, plane and oak trees, well-known for its pretty houses and especially for the rare flowers in their courtyards. End the day with a visit to the local distillery and get a taste of local liquers and raki!
Distance: 9 km, 3h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Easy to moderate.
While at the top, in clear days, you can see all the Cycladic islands that surround Naxos. Zas is an important hideout and nesting place for many migratory and resident birds such as the Griffon vulture which we hope you will have the chance to observe! Take the downhill path at the other side of the mountain to reach the village of Filoti where you can have lunch at its picturesque square…
Distance: 10 km, 3.20h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Moderate.
Take the path towards the village of Myloi enjoying a remarkable fertile land, full of lemon trees, orange trees, almond and olive trees, basins with water and then continue to the village of Kouronohori, one of the most picturesque villages whose main attraction is the Tower of Fragopoulos and the colourful courtyards. End the walk at the village of Melanes, one of the oldest villages in Naxos which got its name by the dark color of the soil.
Distance: 8 km, 2.40h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Easy to moderate.
Leaving the village walk through a very solitary area of the island, with stunning nature and mountain landscapes. The smell of local herbs will accompany you and depending on the season you’ll be able to gather thyme, oregano, lavender, sage to name a few. Around April and May wild flowers including rare species and orchids are abound. The path will lead you to the beautiful beach of Lionas with its multi-coloured pebbles. Reward yourself with a refreshing swim at its crystal clear waters followed by a delicious supper at one of the most traditional taverns of the island.
Distance: 7.5-9 km, 2.40h-3h walking time, 4-5h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Easy.
Distance: 1.5 km, 1.5h walking time, 2.5-3h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Easy.
Distance: 10 km, 3.30h walking time, 4.5-5h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Moderate.
Distance: 8 km, 2.4h walking time, 3.4-5h actual walking time with stops to rest, explore the villages and lunch. Easy.
Continue on a trail up to the ridge offering dramatic views to the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. Walk along the spine of Amorgos, pass medieval hotels, deserted villages, breathtaking landscapes till you eventually reach the bay of Aegiali… our favourite walk in the island. You will be rewarded with a delicious meal at one of the oldest taverns of the island.
Distance: 15 km, 5h walking time, 6-7h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Moderate.
“We both agreed that Naxos was our favourite of the islands. We did a coastal walk from Pyrgaki on the first day. It was a real surprise to find such a long stretch of pristine beaches with so few people on them, especially as the weather was like July!.. The last two days we did the Apeiranthos-Chalki and Filoti-Zas walks. These were possibly the highlight of the whole trip, with fantastic mountain scenery, charming villages and lots of vultures circling over the top of Fanari as we climbed up to it. The route notes were excellent with lots of interesting reading material. All of the accommodations were really good – especially Anixis.”
“Hi Annie, just wanted to reassure you that we are back from the Filoti to Zas Circular Trail. It was fantastic! The trail marking is very good and the notes were good too. We didn’t go to the top of Zas because the cloud came in and it was quite windy and cool – but we know we would have managed it if the cloud had not been there.”
Don & Linda, New Zealand
“Climbing to the top of Mount Zas on Naxos – birthplace of Zeus… Walking the ancient marble paved mule tracks passing varied landscapes of olive groves, picturesque villages, deep ravines, rocky outcrops and an ever changing coastline where islands appear and disappear beneath startling blue skies, haze and shifting clouds… The swim in crystal clear sea […]