Naxos Self Guided Walking Holiday

Naxos SELF GUIDED Walking Holiday

  • Mar - Nov
  • Self Guided
  • 4/7 days
  • Customizable

"Explore the largest, richest and most multifaceted island of the Cyclades at your own pace"

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Join our Naxos self-guided walking holiday and walk along ancient trails, through mountainous quaint villages, venetian towers, olive groves and incredible landscapes. Visit the old fortified ‘Kastro’ reservation, ancient temples, abandoned kouros statues and experience the unique Greek hospitality and island culture. 

Walk at the top of Mt. Zas, the highest peak of the Cyclades, where Zeus was given the thunder to conquer Mt. Olympus, and at the end of the day relax at one of its long sandy beaches…

Please read below our 7-day Naxos self-guided walking holiday recommended itinerary…

Join our Naxos self-guided walking holiday and you will:

images Walk the ancient paths of the largest, richest and most diverse Cycladic island

images Experience traditional island life and unique customs and cultural happenings

images Stroll through picturesque mountainous villages

images Explore the Venetian Castles and towers scattered around the island

images Discover Naxos’ unique nature by walking through its fertile valleys, springs and rivers

images Hike to the highest peak of the Cyclades to enjoy spectacular views to the Aegean sea

images Walk along a protected juniper forest and the longest sandy coastline in the Cyclades

images Taste organic home made food

images Experience the unique hospitality of the locals

images Learn all about the Cycladic wild flowers and collect herbs!

The walks recommended during our Naxos self-guided walking holiday are graded as moderate. You will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. Being predominately limestone some parts of our paths can be quite rough and stoney.

Flexible itineraries, 4-day or 7-day or combined with other Cycladic islands can be organised for you. Please contact us for further information.

ACCOMMODATION

Please find below our selection of hotels that we have tried and tested for you. We will check for availability upon your request.


Our selection based on value, location and comfort!!

All accommodations offer ensuite bathrooms and most include breakfast:

  • Venetiko
    Best value! Known for their hospitality! A building dating back to 1566 has been transformed to 5 beautiful decorated apartments. Located right next to the famous Venetian Castle, in the alleys and maze of the Old Town of Naxos. No breakfast available but kitchen & fridge available in the room. Beautiful atmosphere!
  • Anixis Hotel
    Family run hotel providing high quality service and authentic Greek hospitality with undiminished care for years. Located within the old town of Naxos, below the Venetian Castle. Breakfast included!
  • Kymata Hotel
    Kymata is a charming, family-run hotel located a few meters from St. George Beach and within 10 minutes from the town of Naxos. The staff is very welcoming and hospitable. A pleasant and comfortable stay is guaranteed.

Our selection of superior hotels for those who want extra comfort!

All accommodations offer ensuite bathrooms and include breakfast:

  • Nissaki Beach Hotel
    A Magnificent 5* Beach Hotel. Minimalistic luxury and privileged location on the beach of Saint George in Naxos Town. Perfect blend of modern amenities, warm hospitality, affordable luxury and impeccable service!
  • Hotel Grotta
    Situated on a beautiful hillside, overlooking the seaside town of Naxos, it offers an unparalleled view. A family run establishment catering to the discerning traveler who wants comfort & personal attention but reasonable rates!

Single rooms available

This holiday is suitable for solo walkers. If you travel on your own or require single rooms within your group we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

Contact us for further information and special offers…

This holiday is available throughout the year but the best time for walking is spring and autumn as the weather is cooler.

The best time to visit:

  • March: blossom is out.   
  • April to mid June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
  • September to end of November: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. Grapes and olive harvests.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@nofootprint.gr.

NAXOS SELF-GUIDED WALKING FEES

7-day self-guided walking holiday

All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room, staying at a traditional family-run guesthouse:

  • Low Season (1 Oct – 30 April) from EUR 474
  • Mid Season (1 May – 30 June) from EUR 511
  • High Season (1 July – 31 August) from EUR 549


Supplement for single rooms:

  • 7 nights – Low & Mid Season from EUR 123 / High Season from EUR 161


The prices above are based on the best value accommodation we have selected for you and depend upon availability. Let us know which period is best for you and we’ll send you the best fees and accommodation options. 

Our Naxos self-guided walking fees include:

green_bullet Our choice of the best self-guided walks at the island of Naxos
green_bullet Bonus navigation walks at the old town of Naxos and Demetra’s temple
green_bullet Active nagivation and step-by-step guidance using applications available on your mobile
green_bullet A detailed info pack with hiking map, recommended routes, points of interest and photos
green_bullet Introduction to our unique flora, fauna, history and culture
green_bullet 7 nights accommodation at traditional guesthouses (choices available)
green_bullet Suggestions for lunch/supper/excursions/beaches and archeological sites to visit
green_bullet Local support from our representative 24 hours/day
green_bullet Transfers from the port or airport to the accommodation and vice versa
green_bullet Emergency telephone support in the event of a problem
green_bullet In our island hopping itineraries, ferry transfers between the islands.

Our Naxos self-guided walking fees exclude:

green_bullet Flights to Greece and ferries to the starting and ending islands (if needed)
green_bullet Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
green_bullet Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites
green_bullet Travel insurance and personal equipment
green_bullet Taxi transfers or public transport not mentioned above (estimate per week will be provided)
green_bullet Anything not included above.

Extras:

green_bullet Upgrade to 4* or 5* hotels (please look at our list of chosen accommodation)
green_bullet Athens Extension (3 Days/2 Nights)
green_bullet Extra nights at your chosen destination
green_bullet Private transfers to and from the airport of Athens
green_bullet All transfers by taxi or public transport pre-booked

green_bullet Book your Naxos Self-guided walking holiday

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND WELCOME AT NAXOS
Get settled at your accommodation at the old quarter of picturesque Naxos town with its medieval atmosphere, narrow alleys, archways and old houses. We’ll guide you around the old town which was divided into the Bourgos neighbourhood, where the Greeks lived, and the ‘Kastro’, the medieval fortress where the Venetian Catholics lived and was the base around which the city of Naxos was developed since 1207, when Marco Sanudo made it the capital of the Duchy of the Aegean.

You’ll continue your walk to Mitropolis square, where ruins from 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.
DAY 2: CIRCULAR WALK AROUND NAXOS MOST TRADITIONAL VILLAGES
This hike starts from the beautiful village of Apiranthos built at the foot of Mt. Fanari. After a short walk to explore its venetian towers, pretty old two-story houses, marble paved alleys with arches and picturesque squares, you’ll take the trail to the summit of Fanari to admire the stunning panoramic view of Naxos island and the surrounding Cycladic islands.

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: 10 km, 3.20h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Moderate.
DAY 3: WALK TO THE TOP OF ZAS, THE HIGHEST PEAK OF THE CYCLADES
Start your walk from the village of Filoti and walk at the highest peak of the Cyclades, Mt. Zas, which stands at an impressive 1,004m. The magnificent Zas mountain takes its name from the ancient Greek God Zeus, the father of all the other Gods, who supposedly spent his early life on Naxos. You will enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the surrounding land and the deep blue of the Aegean sea. You’ll first reach a shady spot by the famous water source of Argion, an ideal spot to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and rest before starting the ascend. Stop on the way to explore the biggest cave on the island which will impress you with its stalagmite structures.

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: 8.8 km, 2.50h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Moderate.
DAY 4: WALK THROUGH VERDANT VILLAGES WITH SPRINGS
Take the short path towards to the Byzantine church of Agios Mamas, patron saint of shepherds and one of the oldest on the island, dating from the 9th century to admire its extraordinary architecture. Continue towards the rustic, verdant villages of Potamia. ‘Potami’ means ‘river’ and refers to the river that crosses the villages and composes along with the springs and ruined watermills this verdant oasis throughout the year.

You’ll next explore an area of great archaeological significance because of the old aqueduct of Flerio, the abandoned ancient Kouroi (male statues) and the ancient marble quarries. This is the ideal place to stop for a rest and a snack.

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: 7.2 km, 2.40h walking time, 4-5h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Moderate.
DAY 5: REST OR COASTAL WALK
Opportunity for swimming, sunbathing, relaxing or walking up the coast from the protected juniper forest of Alyko towards the bay of Plaka. There are many options and we will be very happy to help you with suggestions.
DAY 6: ANCIENT 'EMERY' PATH LEADING TO REMOTE BEACH
Our recommended hike today starts from the most remote villages of Skados and Koronos or the ’emery’ villages as they used to call them as local people settled there in order to work at the emery mines. Take the agricultural path from the tranquil village of Skados to Koronos observing the daily work at the orchards and farms. Explore the village of Koronos and stop for a drink to mingle with the hospitable villagers. 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 Lyonas 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 km, 2.50h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Easy.
DAY 7: WALK ALONG A RIVERBANK & CROSS A FERTILE REGION
Start from the quaint village of Kinidaros, wonder through the village before taking a dirt road which zig zags downhill and enters a shady, lush path which leads to a verdant valley, a river bank, an impressive stone bridge and ruined watermills. Walking alongside the water channel you will observe butterflies, birds and tortoises and you will be accompanied by colourful flowers and herbs, oleanders, oak and plane trees. You will reach the village of Eggares passing through fertile farms, chicken sheds and orchards. End the walk with a visit to the renovated traditional Olive Mill and an exploration of the valley of orange orchards till you reach the beach of Ammitis.

Distance: 9 km, 3h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Easy.

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