"Explore the largest, richest and most multifaceted island of the Cyclades at your own pace"
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distance: 9 km, 3h walking time, 5-6h actual walking time with stops to rest and lunch. Easy.
“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.”
“Thank you for a wonderful trip. Everything has been smooth and stress free! Your guide books are easy to follow and accurate (I especially love the advice… rest under the olive tree… then walk up the steep hill). I am certain I would not have found so many local secrets without your advice and guidance! I appreciate the support as a solo traveller and value your research and work. Thank you! Efcorestoe!”
“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 […]