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The area

The Holiday homes Azalás belong to the small settlement Ágios Dimítris, which lies two kilometers (1.2 miles) north of Moutsoúna. Our establishment lies where the coastal plane ends and the hills come right to the sea.

View over our bay; the Holiday homes Azalas lie to the right of the small island in the centre of the picture.

the tiny settlement Ágios Dimítris

The coastal plain between Moutsoúna and Ágios Dimítris is cultivated mainly with wheat and barley that is used as pasture for sheep. Along the foot of the hills grow old olive groves. Many abandoned fields are overgrown with phrygana, i.e. low shrub vegetation. Here and there lie old stone houses that were inhabited by shepherds and farmers until around the middle of the last century. The low hills to the north of the settlement are covered with maquis shrubland and small woods of kermes oak and wild olive.

The fields are all in flower in spring.

Many fields are abandoned today, and most olive groves are not used any more.

old stone house

open maquis vegetation with juniper

sclerophyll wood on the hill behind our Holiday homes

To the north and to the south of Ágios Dimítris lie two ravines with dry river beds.

gorge in the southern valley

plane tree in the dry river bed

the northern ravine

small gorge in the northern ravine

Walking along the coast to the north one meets several idyllic coves and bays with marvellous rock formations.

rocky coast at Firolimnári

the bay of Gaidourómandres

small pebble beach at Alatsógournes

astonishing rock formations


The beautiful small harbour village of Moutsoúna lies in two kilometers distance from the settlement Ágios Dimítris (10 minutes by car or about half an hour on foot). In summer several tavernas are open in Moutsoúna, and you can get your groceries in a small, well-stocked minimarket. During school season there is a bus to the next larger village (Apíranthos) and to Naxos-Town.


the quay with the cranes of the former emery loading station

Several nice tavernas lie directly at the sea.

boats in the harbour of Moutsoúna

In between Azalás and Moutsoúna lies Cape Stavrós – a wonderful destination for a trip. On the south side of the cape, close to Moutsoúna, one can visit the amazing, well protected beach of Chochlakás.

Cape Stavrós near Moutsoúna

at the tip of the Cape

the beach Chochlakás

Between the rocks at the tip of the cape lies a small beach, reachable only by boat.


The next larger settlement is the idyllic village of Apíranthos that lies in the mountains in 10 kilometers (6 miles) distance from Moutsoúna at a height of about 550 meters. In Apíranthos you can visit four small museums and stroll through the narrow alleyways with their old traditional houses and with many beautiful taverns and shops with local products.

the traditional village Apíranthos in the mountains

alleyway in Apíranthos

the church Panagía Apiranthítissa

Several marked hiking trails start in Apíranthos:
  • to the peak of mount Fanári, 900 m high, with a picturesque chapel and a breathtaking view over the island
  • through fields and forests to the chapel of Ágia Kyriakí with important medieval wallpaintings; the path continues to the emery mines and finally meets the gravel road near Azalás
  • to the Monastery Fotodótis and the village of Danakós on the slopes of mighty Zas — with 1,000 meters the highest mountain of the Cyclades
  • around Mount Fanári, a marvellous hiking tour of five hours

Apíranthos seen from the south

Monastery Fotodótis between Apíranthos and Danakós

Ágia Kyriakí, one of the oldest churches of the island with very rare wallpaintings

on the summit of mount Fanári

Naxos-Town (Chóra)

The capital of Naxos “Chóra” has a charming Venetian quarter with small alleyways with many tiny shops and cafés. You can visit two archaeological museums, and on a small peninsula next to the harbor lie the ruins of a temple of Apollon with its impressive giant gate, the Portára.

the giant temple gate, the Portára

the venetian fort in Chóra

alleyway in the fort

The island

The island of Naxos bewitches mainly by its great diversity. Every valley, every mountain, every village has its own character and its own appeal.

Naxos has a lot to offer – immerse yourself into the charming and fascinating island of Dionysus!

Filóti, the largest village of Naxos


The diverse landscape of the island, from ancient cultivated areas over lush rivers to forbidding mountain peaks, barren hillsides and lonely coasts, offers many possibilities for beautiful hikes and excursions.

Every day you can dive into a different world!

view from mount Kóronos to the south

terraces at Lioíri near Kóronos

the waterfall at Routsoúnas near Keramotí

at the south coast near Pánormos

All over the island you can visit interesting monuments, witnesses of long past times. The oldest buildings of the island are small settlements and strongholds from the Early Bronze Age, the Cycladic epoch, known mostly for its famous Cycladic idols. Other important ancient monuments are a Mycenaean domed tomb, ruins of a large temple of Dionysus, a partly restored temple of Demeter, unfinished monumental marble statues, and a round tower from the Hellenistic epoch. In addition, the island has an exceptionally large number of important Byzantine churches, many with old wallpaintings (among them one of the oldest churches of the Balkans, Panagía Drosianí near the village of Moní). Finally in many villages you will find a medieval tower of the Venetian epoch.

prehistoric settlement in Pánormos

mycenaean domed tomb near Komiakí

the Kouros of Apóllonas, a gigantic archaic marble statue

the hellenistic tower of Chimárrou

Ágios Geórgios Diasorítis

the venetian castle Apáno Kástro

Naxos has a lot to offer – immerse yourself into the fascinating island of Dionysus!