Naxos Self Guided Walking Holiday
"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…
Join our Naxos self-guided walking holiday and you will:
Walk the ancient paths of the largest, richest and most diverse Cycladic island
Experience traditional island life and unique customs and cultural happenings
Stroll through picturesque mountainous villages
Explore the Venetian Castles and towers scattered around the island
Discover Naxos’ unique nature by walking through its fertile valleys, springs and rivers
Hike to the highest peak of the Cyclades to enjoy spectacular views to the Aegean sea
Walk along a protected juniper forest and the longest sandy coastline in the Cyclades
Taste organic home made food
Experience the unique hospitality of the locals
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
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:
Our choice of the best self-guided walks at the island of Naxos
Bonus navigation walks at the old town of Naxos and Demetra’s temple
Active nagivation and step-by-step guidance using applications available on your mobile
A detailed info pack with hiking map, recommended routes, points of interest and photos
Introduction to our unique flora, fauna, history and culture
7 nights accommodation at traditional guesthouses (choices available)
Suggestions for lunch/supper/excursions/beaches and archeological sites to visit
Local support from our representative 24 hours/day
Transfers from the port or airport to the accommodation and vice versa
Emergency telephone support in the event of a problem
In our island hopping itineraries, ferry transfers between the islands.
Our Naxos self-guided walking fees exclude:
Flights to Greece and ferries to the starting and ending islands (if needed)
Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites
Travel insurance and personal equipment
Taxi transfers or public transport not mentioned above (estimate per week will be provided)
Anything not included above.
Upgrade to 4* or 5* hotels (please look at our list of chosen accommodation)
Athens Extension (3 Days/2 Nights)
Extra nights at your chosen destination
Private transfers to and from the airport of Athens
All transfers by taxi or public transport pre-booked
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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 […]