"Discover Naxos and the unspoilt Small Cyclades, a small heaven of peace, Greek hospitality and traditional culture…"
Our most popular Cyclades walking holiday will start from the island of Naxos and will continue with island hopping around the islands of the Small Cyclades.
Naxos is the largest, richest and most multifaceted island of the Cyclades. You will experience lofty mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves, picturesque villages, Byzantine chapels, Venetian towers, kouros statues, ancient sites, endemic wildlife, unique customs and cultural happenings… as well the longest sandy beaches in the Aegean…
South of Naxos there is a group of small islands called the Small Cyclades; Amorgos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Pano & Kato Koufonissi and Donoussa. Until recently, these islands were very isolated so they still remain unspoilt… a small heaven of peace, Greek hospitality and traditional culture.
Here is an example of what you will experience during our Naxos and the Small Cyclades walking holiday:
The path continues through impressive landscapes and rock formations towards the villages of Kaloxylos and Chalki. Kaloxylos is one of Naxos’ 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. We’ll finally continue towards another beautiful village, Chalki, where we’ll end the day with a delicious supper that the owners prepare with their own organic ingredients.
On the way back we’ll explore the biggest cave on the island which will impress you with its stalagmite structures. We’ll then continue to a shady spot by the famous water spring of Argion, which is an ideal spot for a picnic and enjoying the peace and quiet of nature.
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.
We’ll walk along the spine of the island, pass medieval hotels, deserted villages, breathtaking landscapes till we reach the bay of Aegiali… our favourite walk in the island. You will be rewarded with a delicious supper at one of the oldest taverns of the island.
“We wanted to convey to you and your team, the wonderful time we had on our recent hiking trip to Naxos and Amorgos! Anna really made the walks so interesting and challenging. The islands are stunning in their scenery and natural beauty. We three feel so invigorated after the trip and hope to return soon.”
Anne & Michael, Ireland
“Dear Annie & Nikos, thanks for the wonderful holiday. I have had a great time and it has been the highlight of my trip away (I will not forget it for a long time). Everything about it was excellent – the organisation, the type and variety of hikes, the accommodation, the helpfulness and knowledge of the guides, […]
Charlie, New Zealand
“My holiday with nofootprint has to be one of the most memorable holidays I have ever had! Right from the beginning meeting Annie our tour guide and Dimitria (biologist) we were all made to feel at ease and had utter confidence in both. We were shown so many different types of walks to show off the Cyclades at their best. Mountains valley trails… villages architecture… history and wonderful information on indigenous species plants and village life. What a wonderful experience! We were also introduced to the wonderful food... I will be back…”
Ann Tector, UK
“Annie, once again, you’ve managed to give us a unique experience of Greece and a wonderful walking holiday. It wouldn’t be anything like this special without your professional care and great attention to our well being. Thank you. If it were possible I would make it a seven star holiday on tripadvisor.”