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About Naxos

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Naxos  is the largest island (429 km2 (166 sq mi)) in theCyclades island group in the Aegean. It was the centre of archaic Cycladic culture.

The island comprises the two municipalities of Naxos andDrymalia. The largest town and capital of the island is Chora or Naxos City, with 6,533 inhabitants (2001 census). The main villages are Filoti, Apiranthos, Vivlos, Agios Arsenios, Koronos and Glinado.

Tourism

Naxos is a popular tourist destination, with several ruins. It has a number of beaches, such as those at Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Alikos, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla, Plaka, and Agios Georgios, most of them near Chora.

Mythic Naxos

According to Greek mythology, the young Zeus was raised in a cave on Mt. Zas (“Zas” meaning “Zeus“). Homer mentions “Dia”; literally the sacred island “of the Goddess”. Karl Kerenyi explains (speaking as if he were an ancient Greek): “This name, Dia, which means ‘heavenly’ or ‘divine’, was applied to several small craggy islands in our [Aegean] sea, all of them lying close to larger islands, such as Crete or Naxos. The name “Dia” was even transferred to the island of Naxos itself, since it was more widely supposed than any other to have been the nuptial isle of Dionysus.”

One legend has it that in the Heroic Age before the Trojan War, Theseus abandoned the princess Ariadneof Crete on this island after she helped him kill the Minotaur and escape from the Labyrinth. Dionysus (god of wine, festivities, and the primal energy of life) who was the protector of the island, met Ariadne and fell in love with her. But eventually Ariadne, unable to bear her separation from Theseus, either killed herself (according to the Athenians), or ascended to heaven (as the older versions had it). The Naxos portion of the Ariadne myth is also told in the Richard Strauss opera Ariadne auf Naxos.

The giant brothers Otus and Ephialtes figure in at least two Naxos myths: in one, Artemis bought the abandonment of a siege they laid against the gods, by offering to live on Naxos as Otus’s lover; in another, the brothers had actually settled Naxos.

 

Important Phone Numbers

  • POLICE STATION (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22100
  • PORT AUTHORITY (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22300
  • FIRE FIGHT BRIGADE (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 32199
  • AIRPORT TEL.: +30 22850 23292
  • OLYMPIC AIRWAYS (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 23043
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS O.T.E. (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22099, +30 22850 22599
  • POST OFFICE (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22211
  • TAXI (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22444, +30 22850 24331
  • RUBLIC BUS STATION (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22291
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS O.T.E. (EGGARES) TEL.: +30 22850 62250
  • POLICE STATION (KORONIDA) TEL.: +30 22850 52247
  • POLICE STATION (FILOTI) TEL.: +30 22850 31224
  • POST OFFICE (CHALKI) TEL.: +30 22850 31226
  • POLICE STATION (TRIPODES-VIVLOS) TEL.: +30 22850 41290
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS O.T.E. (FILOTI) TEL.: +30 22850 31000
  • TAXI (FILOTI) TEL.: +30 22850 31328

First Aid Stations

  • HEALTH CENTER (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 23333, +30 22850 23550
  • PHARMACIES (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 24477, +30 22850 25718, +30 22850 23183, +30 22850 22241
  • PHARMACY (CHALKI) TEL.: +30 22850 31218
  • PHARMACY (FILOTI) TEL.: +30 22850 31787
  • PHARMACY (AG. PROKOPIS) TEL.: +30 22850 42888
  • PHARMACY (VIVLOS) TEL.: +30 22850 41779
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (AG. ARSENIOS) TEL.: +30 22850 41484
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61206
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (CORONIDA) TEL.: +30 22850 52213
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (MELANES) TEL.: +30 22850 62372
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (CORONOS) TEL.: +30 22850 51280
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (VIVLOS) TEL.: +30 22850 41221
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (CHALKI) TEL.: +30 22850 31206
  • VILLAGE DOCTOR (FILOTI) TEL.: +30 22850 31404
  • VETERINARIAN (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 23533

Beaches

  • AGIOS GEORGIOS

The busy sandy beach, with shallow waters, is suitable for families with young children. Furthermore, it is ideal for lovers of water sports and games and sports on the beach, as beach volley. It is fully organized with sun beds and umbrellas. Agios Georgios beach was awarded with the “Blue Flag”. The beach has been developed around as a tourist area with many restaurants, beach bars and mini markets. Located next to the City Hall of Naxos and the large parking of Chora.

How to go: Walking a few minutes from the center of Chora you are in the beach of Agios Georgios

  • AGIOS PROCOPIOS

The beach of Agios Prokopios is one of the most famous beaches of Naxos. It is just 5 km from Chora. It was voted by international tourism magazines as one of the best beaches in Greece and Europe. The golden sand covers approximately 2 km. The calm turquoise waters are attracting thousands of tourists every summer. On the right side of the beach is the picturesque church of Agios Prokopios, which gave its name to the beautiful sandy beach.

Here visitors can indulge in water sports and games. Around the beach area has been developed with high quality tourism services.

How to go: By private car or bike follow the route: Chora- Airport- Agios Prokopios. The area is associated with Chora with very often bus routes.

  • AG. ANNA

The beach of Agia Anna is considered, not unjustly, as one of the most famous beaches of Naxos. It is located 6.7 km from Chora. It is the natural continuation of the beach of Agios Prokopios.

The fine golden sand is attracting families seeking the perfect setting to enjoy a swim. It is an organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, mainly at the sections in front of restaurants and beach bars.
Agia Anna beach was awarded with the Blue Flag. The beach is supervised by lifeguards, whose kiosk is on the beginning of the beach.

How to go: By private car or bike starting from the port, follow the ring road, downstream of the island and turn left, at the next intersection you turn right. The signs lead you in the direction “Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna”. Agia Anna is connected with Chora with very frequent bus routes.

  • PLAKA (DUNES)

The beach of Plaka is one of the biggest beaches of Naxos. Is located 8 km north of Chora and it is next to the beach of Agia Anna and the Maragkas. Its biggest part is organized with sun beds and umbrellas and visitors can enjoy water sports too. The almost white fine sand forms dunes. Above the beach there is a fully developed tourist area. The seabottom is very interesting because there are in some places, plates, and in that plates, Plaka “offers” its name (in Greek Plaka means Plate).

  • MIKRI VIGLA

Mikri Vigla was used as an observation point during Frankish rule, designed to provide advance warning against pirates approaching the island.
These days it rates as one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island. A rock divides the beach into two parts, nicknamed “Limanaki” on the north side and “Sahara” on the south side. This spot is ideal for windsurfing and is considered the island’s best location for kite surfing as the bay is sheltered and winds are suitable for flights over Naxos’s beaches.

  • GLYFADA

On the southwest coast of Naxos is Glifada. The beach is located between Kastraki and Aliko and is one of the most popular choices for swimming in recent years .. The golden sand surrounded by cedar trees is a unique landscape in the Cycladic island. Discover small secluded bays and enjoy diving in the blue waters of Glifada. The beach is not organized but there are restaurants to enjoy a coffee or lunch.

How to go: By private car or motorcycle you can follow the routes:

  • PYRGAKI

This is a long sandy beach, ideal for enjoying swimming and unforgettable sunsets. The beach is not organized but a there are few sunbeds and umbrellas to the hotel. On the right of the beach is a small creek which “embraced” by a tight rich and unique cedar forest. A corner that is a small paradise on the island.

How to go: By private car or motorcycle follow the route:
Chora-Glinado Tripodes (Vivlos)- Pirgaki (18.7 km). Pirgaki is associated with Chora with the bus route “Chora-Pirgaki”

  • AGIASSOS

The sandy beach Agiasos is located in the southwest part of the island. It is an ideal destination for families with children, because the water is shallow and crystal clear.Visitors should bring along an umbrella because the beach is not organized. On the one side of the sheltered sandy beach of Agiasos are rocks and on the other side trees border the beach. There are traditional tavernas for lunch and a mini market for your purchases

How to go: Visitors by car or motorcycle can follow 2 routes:

  • KALANDOU

Well-protected from windy conditions and located at the edge of the bay with the same name, this alluring sandy beach at Naxos’s southernmost point has crystal-clear, shallow waters. A rich wetland has developed at the stream’s end, hosting numerous birds amongst other species.
A marina/fishing pier in the bay offers protection from the annual northerly summer breezes (meltemia) as and southerly winds.

  • PSILI AMMOS

A spellbinding beach on the island’s southeastern coast, Psili Ammos is spread before a juniper tree forest and offers a view of neighboring Koufonissi. The beach here is covered with fine sand and its waters are crystal-clear and shallow. Ideal for tranquility and relaxation.

  • AZALAS

Azalas beach is located on the island’s eastern side, next to Moutsouna bay, approximately 11km from Apiranthos. The reddish-brown rocks along the edge are a trademark feature here. Several tamarisk trees close to the sea offer shade.

  • LIONAS

This is the attractive beach at the picturesque Lionas cove, on the island’s northeastern coast. With wild beauty, white pebbles and crystal-clear waters, it is ideal for those seeking a chill-out.
The location has rooms to let and good fish tavernas. A traditional boatbuilding and repair yard is at one end of the beach.

  • APOLLONAS

In the northeastern part of Naxos island, within 54 km from the town is the village and the beach of Apollonas. Apollonas Beach is sandy and is part of a pebble. The waves are characteristic of the location. Next to the beach there are restaurants, cafes and mini markets for your purchases.

How to go: By private car or motorcycle will have to follow the route: Chora- Eggares- Kambos- Apollonas (35.9 km coastal route). Apollonas is associated with Chora with the bus route “Chora- Apollonas”

  • ABRAAM

Abraam bay is located 21 km north to Chora. Is a precious “jewel” in the north of Naxos. It is a pebble beach and spectacular blue waters and tamarisk trees.

The area around the beach has lush vegetation and small rivers.
The beach is not organized. But in the area there are taverns and rooms to rent.

How to go: By private car or motorcycle you will follow the route: Country- Eggares- Kambos- Ampraam. The beach of Ampraam is associated with Chora with the bus route  “Chora-Apollonas”

  • AMITIS

The beach is Amitis, is located northeast of Chora, after the villages of Eggares and Galini. The waves and the north wind made Amitis beach very popular to the lovers of windsurf and kite surf. Be careful to the water, currents are strong in.The beach is not organized. There is a tavern where you can enjoy lunch or coffee.

How to go: By private car or bike will follow the route: Chora- Galini- Eggares- Amitis. The beach of Amitis is associated with Chora with the bus route: “Chora-Apollonas”. The bus stop is 500 meters from the beach

Place of Interest

  • CASTLE (CHORA)
  • OLD MARKET (CHORA)
  • MARCOS SANOUDO’S PALACE (CHORA)
  • CHURCH OF PANAGIA VLACHERNIOTISSA (CHORA)
  • CHURCH OF LIFE GIVING SPRING (CHORA)
  • CHURCH OF PANAGIA MYRTIDIOTISSA (CHORA)
  • MONASTERY OF AG. IOANNIS CHRYSOSTOMOS (CHORA)
  • AGA’S FOUNTAIN (CHORA)
  • MONASTERY OF AG. IOANNIS PRODROMOS (AG. ARSENIOS)
  • RUINED WIND MILLS (APERATHOU)
  • THREE WIND MILLS (SAGRI)
  • CHAPEL OF PANAGIA FANARIOTISSA (APERATHOU)
  • TOWER AND OLD MONASTERY OF PANAGIA (AGIA APOLLONAS)
  • BYZANTINE CHYRCH OF PANAGIA DROSSIANI BYZANTINE MONASTERY OF IPSILI (GALINI)
  • BYZANTINE CHURCH OF AG. GEORGIOS (MELANES)
  • BYZANTINE CHURCHES OF AG. NICOLAOS AND KALORITISSA (SAGRI)
  • CASTLE-MONASTERY OF LIGHT-GIVING CHRIST (DANACOS)
  • ARTIFICIAL LAKE (EGGARES)
  • EMERY MINE (CORONOS)
  • CAVE OF ZA (FILOTI)
  • TOWERS OF OLD PRINCES OF THE ISLAND, SOMARIPA AND SFORTSA-CASTRI (APERATHOU)
  • MARCOS SANOUDO’S TOWER (MELANES)
  • TOWERS OF MAVROGENNIS AND DE MARI (MELANES)
  • FRAGOPOULO’S TOWER (MELANES)
  • SOMARIPA’S TOWER (SAGRI)
  • TOWER OF GRATSIA-BOROTSI (CHALKI)
  • MARCOPOLITI’S TOWER (AKADIMI)
  • OSKELO’S TOWER (TRIPODES)
  • TOWER OF BOROTSI-LARYGHI (FILOTI)
  • TOWER OF APOLIROS
  • DRIOVELA’S TOWER
  • TOWER OF CHIMARROS
  • BELONIA’S TOWER (ON THE ROAD TO GALANADOS)
  • RUINS OF UPPER CASTLE (TSIKALARIO)
  • RUINS OF OLD TOWER OF PLAKA (TRIPODES)
  • ANCIENT AQUEDUCT / SANCTUARY AT THE SPRINGS AT FLERIO

Exhibitions

  • COLLECTION OF GREEK CURRENCIES (FILOTI)
  • FOLKLORE COLLECTION (CORONOS) TEL.: +30 22850 51237
  • EXHIBITION OF TRADITIONAL EMBROIDERIES (CORONOS)TEL.: +30 22850 51237
  • CULTURAL ORGANIZATION OF APERATHOU (APERATHOU)
  • APERATHITIKO HOUSE –TRADITIONAL TEXTILES APERATHOU-
  • POTTERY EXHIBITION /WORKSHOP (DAMALAS) TEL.: +30 22850 32820
  • GALLERY & WORKSHOP WEAVING -ARGALIOS (MONI) TEL.: +30 22850 31840

Archaeological Sites

  • PORTARA – ENTRANCE OF THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO (CHORA)

Portara, a huge marble gate and the single remaining part of an unfinished temple of Apollo of 530 BC, is Naxos’s emblem and main landmark. Standing on the islet of Palatia, at the entrance to Naxos harbor, it comprises four marble parts weighing about 20 tons each.
Its construction was initiated by the tyrant Lygdamis in the 6th century BC, according to the specifications of the temples of Olympic Zeus in Athens and of the goddess Hera on Samos. It measured 59m in length and 28m in width, and its entrance was on the western side –an unusual feature for an Ionian-style temple.
The monumental gate seen today, which led from the vestibule to the main part of the temple, lies amidst traces of its foundations and those of a peripheral colonnade that was never completed.
An arched Christian church was built on the ruins in the 6th or 7th century.
The islet of Palatia has been associated with the worship of Ariadne –a Cretan princess- and Dionysus, the god of wine and merriment. Because, according to mythology, Dionysus abducted the princess at the beachside of Palatia, the islet is considered the place where Dionysian festivities were first held.
Portara today is connected with the Naxos mainland via a paved footpath. The spot offers one of the most enchanting sunsets in Greece.

  • ANCIENT TOWN -MYCENEAN TIMES RUINS- (GROTA)

 

  • UNFINISHED KOUROS (KASTRAKI APOLLONAS)

The Kouros of Apollonas is a reference point of the island. The impressive marble statue, symbol of the village of Apollonas and Naxos, and worths a visit.

The Kouros of Apollonas is estimated that it was created at the 6th century BC and its length exceeds 10 m, is “lying” at the entrance of the ancient quarry area and impresses the visitors because of its volume. According to scholars, the statues represents either the god Apollonas or the god Dionysus. It is estimated that the giant statue was left at the entrance of the quarry because it broke during transport, or why the order was canceled, or why the order was not paid.

Visiting the Kouros of Apollonas
The Kouros of Apollo is accessible to visitors every day of the year and all hours, because it is  outdoors.

  • ANCIENT MARBLE QUARRIES (EMPOLI APOLLONAS)
  • RUINS OF MYCENEAN TOMBS (EGGARES)
  • UNFINISHED KOUROS (FTELIO KINIDAROS)
  • TEMPLE OF APOLLO AND DIMITRA (SAGRI)

In the village of Sangri, a region rich in monasteries, castles and ancient monuments, is the Temple of Dimitra, or else the Sanctuary of Giroylas.

Location:The site is located in the village Sangri in the center of the island, a few kilometers from Halki village and 11 km far from Chora.

History:The Temple of Dimitra, or the Sanctuary of Gyroyla, as it is known, is one of the most important monuments of the Ionic period and the precursor of the Parthenon. It is estimated that it has built around 520 BC and according to the inscriptions found, there worshiped Dimitra and Kori.

It is made of white marble, has a square shape and at the front and inside there were marble columns.

The restoration was a difficult task for archaeologists because the 6th century AD, over the Sanctuary a Christian church was built and parts of the church.

  • TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS (KERAMOTI)

The Temple of Artemis was the largest temple of ancient times and was the first building made entirely of marble. It was built about 550 B.C., although the foundation of the building dates back to the 7th century B.C. Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo, the god of t.ruth and love.

The temple was decorated with bronze statues sculpted only by the most skilled artists of their time: Phidias, Polycleitus, Kresilas, and Phradmon. Built on a platform measuring 430 feet by 259 feet, the rectangular temple was larger than the Parthenon in Athens that measured 366 by 170 feet. The huge roof was supported by over 120 elaborately carved columns. Each column consisted of about 12 cylindrical blocks of marble that were raised into place with pulleys and placed on top of one another to form a column. There was also a room that sheltered a magnificent statue of Artemis. She was the goddess of the forest and the goddess of fertility.

On the night of 21 July, 356 B.C. , a man named Herostratus burned the temple to the ground in order to have his name immortalized in history.  He did indeed. That same night Alexander the Great was born. Eventually it was rebuilt by Alexander the Great who conquered Ephesus. The reconstructed temple lasted for many years but was looted by Goths and then flooded. By A.D. 262 the temple was destroyed beyond repair.  If you go to the site today you will find that one column is still standing and traces of the foundation and road can still be seen.

 

 

  • ANCIENT TOWER OF CHIMARROS

Chimarros Tower at Filoti is considered one of the important ancient monuments of the island. Built on a hilltop by the Kalantos road, it is named after two streams (chimarros in Greek) that defined the area’s east and west.
Researchers believe the tower dates back to the late 4th century BC and view it as a fine example of Hellenistic-era defense-related architecture.
Constructed with huge marble boulders, it was circular and its original height measured  approximately 20m with a 9.2m diameter at its base. It consisted of four levels connected by a marble staircase and was surrounded by a square wall measuring 35m in length at each flank.
Today, the tower’s exterior remains preserved in considerably good condition, standing at a slightly reduced height of approximately 15m. Large sections of its interior have either collapsed or are dilapidated.
Parts of the walling at the perimeter still remain, as do remains of constructions that once stood within the property. Some of them were olive mills.
As is also the case with other similar fortified towers in the Cyclades, the precise purpose and usage of Chimarros Tower is not clear. Purposes varied depending on eras and locations. Some research suggests that Chimarros stood as a base for a small military unit and also served as a hideout for the area’s residents along with their livestock. According to another view, it served as a transmission point for messages in the form of fire or smoke to other similar towers on Naxos and neighboring islands

Chimarros Tower is 14km from Filoti, on the road south to Kalantos.

  • IRIA

In the region of Iria, we find the sanctuary of Dionysus, which is considered by historians as the precursor of the Parthenon. The important archaeological site can be visited.

Location: The Temple of Dionysus is located in Iria, a few minutes away from the village of Agios Arsenios and about 10 km from Chora

History: In the Sanctuary of Dionysos you will see the marble columns sculptured in the 6th century BC. Below the archaeological site of Iria, found findings and other temples. According to historical data, the cult in this area began in the 14th century BC and the next years were made in the same spot four other churches. The first temple was destroyed by a river that existed in the region. And the next temples were destroyed by flooding for this reason, the sancturay of Dionysus was outdoors. The last temple, built in 550 BC, was destroyed by the Christians in order to build in the same place a christian church. This, took place in 2nd century AD, but the church was destroyed by flood again. So, several years later, inhabitats took the marble pieces of the destroyed temple and used them as a building material to built the Church of Agios Georgios.
Parts of the Sanctuary were found in the nearby village, called Glinado, and in the sea. In the archaeological site of Iria was found a statue of the god Dionysus, exposed today in the Archaeological Museum of Chora.

A unique momment  to visit Iria is during the full moon of August, where site is open to the public.
Access to archaeological site can be done either by car or by bus to Agios Arsenios. The sanctuary is 15 minutes away from the village

Museums

  • FOLK MUSEUM COLLECTION (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 25531

Entering into the Museum the first room introduces Naxos through the Ages giving a brief history from antiquity up until 20th century.

A life-sized photo by Boissannas, a Swiss photographer (1886-1946) captures an Apeirathian family in their single roomed home.

Costumes, musical instruments, a raki still and many other objects surround them indicating the traditions and life style they typically experienced.

  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 22725

This is undoubtedly a museum of special interest, with exhibits whispering stories going back thousands of years. It is housed in an old, five-storey mansion –the old School of Commerce- in Chora’s medieval citadel (Kastro) and displays finds from Naxos and the neighboring islands of Keros, Donoussa and Koufonissia dating from the late Neolithic Age (4th millennium) to the early Christian era (6th century).
Besides excellent specimens of Proto-Cycladic marble idols that rival those in the Archaeological Museum of Athens, the Naxos collections also include important ceramic finds belonging to the late Mycenean era, funerary offerings made of gold, silver and copper, glass objects of the Roman period, parts of statues and sarcophagi, as well as bronze weapons and tools.
An impressive mosaic floor depicting a half-naked woman riding a sea monster is exhibited on the ambient roof of the posterior part of the building.
The Naxos Historical Archive is housed in a separate part of the mansion.

  • TOWER DELLA ROCCA-BAROZZI VENETIAN MUSEUM

Housed in one of the most impressive mansions of the Naxos citadel, the Della Rocca-Barozzi tower, this privately-run museum, that served both as Venetian military headquarters and consulate under Ottoman rule, comprises an excellent display of objects dating to a variety of periods.
The mansion has belonged to the Della Rocca-Barozzi family since 1704. Today, a member of the family, Nikos Karavias, guides visitors in his own exuberant style around the collections of furniture, garments, utensils and paintings reflecting the lifestyle of the nobility in centuries past.
The museum also holds a wide variety of musical events in the courtyard in the evenings, from April through October.

  • METROPOLIS SITE MUSEUM (CHORA) TEL.: +30 22850 24151

In the square of the Metropolitan Cathedral on the left side from the port you will meet the Metropolis Site Museum that owes its name to the place where it is located while it is considered to be the first one of this type in Greece. It displays a rich collection of finds from the ancient town of the island in the exact place where they were found, revealing important facts of the ancient Naxian people’s life.

The collection is divided into chronological periods. From the Mycenaean period, you can see a part of the town’s walls where there are also some pottery workshops. From the Geometric period, you will see an altar as well as the earthen tomb that paid tribute to the ancient graves.

The general structure of the museum along with the explanatory visual means give the chance to the visitor to get to know better the way of life of the ancient residents as well as the historical development of the periods. The museum functions since 1999 and it is daily open to the public from 8:30 to 15:00, except for Monday.

  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61725

A modest establishment in Apiranthos’s main street hosts the most important archaeological finds of the area.
The Apiranthos Archaeological Museum was founded by a local initiative in 1960, initially hosting the collection of Michalis Bogdanis. It was later enriched with the discoveries of excavations in the area and the finds of local farmers while they tilled their land. The exhibits include oil lamps and small receptacles of the Proto-Cycladic period (3000-2700 BC), Cycladic idols and vessels, sculptures, parts of marble architectural structures, tools, weapons etc.
The most important exhibits, due to their rarity, are considered the 10 stone slabs with rock drawings of scenes of everyday life, found at Korfi t’Aroniou –a hill overlooking the eastern coast of Naxos, where archaeologists believe that there was a small sanctuary and a watch tower.

  • GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (APERATHOU PRIMARY SCHOO) TEL.: +30 22850 61361

This small but impressive museum, housed in the building of the Apiranthos primary school, displays more than 2,000 samples of rock, minerals, ores and fossils from Naxos and beyond, and is considered one of richest of its kind in Greece. Part of the collection has been donated by former mayor Manolis Glezos (see Personalities section), at whose initiative the museum was reopened on a comprehensive basis in 1987 after some 20 years.
Emery, a dark rock used extensively in tools for the processing of stone since antiquity and quarried locally near Apiranthos, takes center stage among the exhibits, occupying one of seven sections. In the other sections, the museum also presents a wide array of samples of minerals from the Cyclades, the rest of Greece and other countries. They include marble samples from Naxos and Paros, obsidian blades from Milos, pumice stone from Santorini, volcanic stone from Mt. Aetna and Mt. Vezuvius, bauxite and kyantite from Brazil as well as pieces of meteorites.
The fossils display includes the bones of a dwarf elephant that lived on Naxos some 70,000 years ago.
A highlight is a ray-emitting apparatus which reveals colors of rocks normally invisible by the naked eye. The museum shop sells a wide array of souvenirs at reasonable prices, such as worry-bead sets, jewelry and various decorative items.

  • FOLKLORE MUSEUM (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61361

Located at Apiranthos’s main square, Platsa, the Apiranthos Folklore Museum possesses over 1,200 items of popular art –all donated by locals. The exhibits include a wide array of equipment used in the cultivation, collection and threshing of crops, as well as in bread making. Other items on show include furniture, domestic utensils, musical instruments –such as the dubaki, a percussion instrument, tsabouna, a traditional bagpipe, and souvliari, a wind instrument, traditional costumes, as well as woven fabrics that highlight the skills of local women. Various ceramic pieces, books, paintings as well as traditional music CD’s –all rendered by local artists- are on sale at the museum, helping maintain it.

  • MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61361

The Natural History Museum of Apiranthos, set up in 1966, displays a wide array of samples of the area’s flora and fauna. It is divided into two sections, one focused on the sea, the other on the land. It includes an aquarium, an exceptional collection of shells, dolphin skeletons, whale bones, as well as an impressively large flora collection –the result of extensive research at the water basin of Perachoritis torrent.
The museum has also developed important educational activities, organizing and hosting conferences and events with themes focused on flora, fauna and ecology.

  • MUSEUM OF FIGURATIVE ARTS (APERATHOU) TEL.: +30 22850 61361

The Visual Arts Museum of Apiranthos, housed at the culture center’s ground level, is located on the main road prior to the village entrance. It was founded in 2008 by the Friends of Museums and the N.N. Glezos Library Society and features works (paintings, sculptures, engravings) by Naxos-based artists.

  • MELANES COLLECTIONS OF FINDS (KOUROUNOCHORI)

The Melanes Museum Collection comprises exhibits found during the excavation of the ancient sanctuary at the Flerio water spring and research in the ancient Naxos aqueduct. They come in five units. The first includes votive offerings of the quarriers visiting the sanctuary to the worshipped twin mythical giants, Otus and Ephialtes, sons of Aloeus: votive columns, pedestals, fountain basins, sections of Kouroi –the freestanding stone figures of unclothed young men and oil lamps –all marble and most of them half-finished, deficient or mere experimental works of apprentices. An early (7th century) incomplete Sphinx stands out. The second unit comprises other offerings to the twin giant deities (quarriers’ equipment, such as emery pestles) and to the female deity of nature (whorls, loom weights and clay female figurines). Also on show are a characteristic sample of ceramic objects belonging to various periods found at the site, and marble architectural elements (underlying and covering roof tiles, gutter, door sockets). Finally, another unit includes clay pipes of the ancient aqueduct. The exhibits are accompanied by plentiful information material.