The cottages “Azalas” are part of the small hamlet of Agios Dimitris. Its few houses are inhabited mainly by (former) shepherds. Around the hamlet you find olive groves, pastures, and old deserted stone houses. The nearby 300 meter high hills are covered with dwarf bush vegetation and open low woods of small oaks, junipers and wild olive trees.
the landscape directly north of the cottages Azalas
view of the small hamlet of Agios Dimitris in between olive groves and fields
The small harbor village of Moutsouna lies 3 kilometers away — you can reach it in half an hour on foot or 10 minutes by car. Here you will find several tavernas and in summer a Mini-market, as well a bus to the next villages and Naxos town (mainly during the school season).
The next larger settlement is the idyllic traditional village of Apiranthos (13 kilometers distance and about 550 meters high in the mountains). There you can visit beautiful churches, four small museums and shops with local products – or you can just stroll along the narrow alleys of the village.
Several marked hiking trails start in Apiranthos:
- To the peak of the 900 meter high mountain Fanari with a picturesque chapel and a breathtaking view over the island.
- Through fields and small woods to the chapel of Agia Kyriaki with important medieval frescoes; the path continues to the emery mines and finally meets the gravel road near Azalas.
- To the monastery Fotodotis and the village of Danakos on the slopes of mighty Zas — with 1,000 meters the highest mountain of the Cyclades.
Of course there are possibilities for wonderful hikes also near the other villages of the island. Every village has its own character and beauty; they are all yours to explore.
The capital of Naxos Chora has a charming Venetian quarter with small alleyways with many tiny shops and cafés. There are two archeological museums, and on a small peninsula next to the harbor lie the ruins of an Apollo temple and its impressive giant portal, the Portara.
The island of Naxos possesses many antique monuments. The oldest buildings are small strongholds from the Early Bronze Age, which is known especially for its famous Cycladic idols. Other ancient monuments are a Mycenaean vault tomb, ruins of a large temple of Dionysus, a partly restored temple of Demeter, unfinished monumental marble statues, and a tower from the classical epoch. In addition, the island has many important Byzantine churches with old frescoes (under these one of the oldest churches of the Balkans, Panagia Drosiani near the village of Moni). Finally in many villages you will find a medieval tower of the Venetian period.
Naxos is the cycladic island with the richest nature: it offers a great variety of landscapes, from ancient cultivated areas over sweet lush rivers to forbidding mountain peaks and lonely coasts. Every day you can explore a different world!
Naxos has a lot to offer – immerse yourself into the charm of the fascinating island of Dionysos!
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