Naxos and the small Cyclades walking holiday, Greece

“A 10 guided walking holiday starting in Naxos and then hopping to and hiking on Amorgos , Koufonisi and Iraklia. With a few other gems thrown in. ”

Highlights

Naxos | summit of Mt. Fanari | Amorgos | Koufonisi | Iraklia

Description of Naxos and the small Cyclades walking holiday, Greece

This ten day walking holiday starts on the island of Naxos, the largest of Greece’s Cyclades islands, and one that is worthy of our first four days of hiking and exploring. A mountainous terrain, Naxos boasts the highest peak in the Cyclades with Mount Zas (1003m) where Olympian god Zeus spent his time. The mountains are dotted with exquisite elevated villages proffering splendid views out over the Aegean. Byzantine chapels, Venetian citadels and olive groves line ancient walking trails that take you up through the island’s luscious valleys, fed by springs, rivers and waterfalls. All of which seem to lead down to prolific and beyond pretty coves and bays.

From here to the Small Cyclades, which are much more isolated and relatively undiscovered. From Amorgos, famous for being the stunning location for film director Luc Besson’s iconic film, Big Blue, to Iraklia with its 30km coastline of pure littoral loveliness. They may be small, but they are all pretty packages when it comes to walking holiday delights, Greece never letting you down in terms of traditional culture and fine natural heritage.

Read our sample itinerary below, although we are always flexible according to group needs and interests. This trip can be shortened to seven days or extended to a fourteen day walking holiday, with a recommended four days in Santorini, another world of dramatic volcanic terrain, a fine addition to this walking holiday.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive at Naxos where you will be met at the harbour and then onwards to your family run guesthouse. Taking time to chill out at the beach after your journey, we will have a briefing session about the walking holiday itinerary, followed by dinner at one of our favourite Naxos tavernas.
Day 2:We start on a high, walking to the summit of Mt. Fanari today, starting off at one of the island’s prettiest villages, Apiranthos, located in its shadow. A traditional village crammed with historical influences that can be seen in the elegant marble alleyways, the Venetian forts and lookouts, and traditional white washed houses. From here, we hike up through magnificent rocky countryside, discovering two more stunning villages en route. Kaloxylos is adorned not only with olive and oak trees, but also flowers everywhere from courtyards to squares. And Chalki village, which is where we rest our feet at the end of the day and reward ourselves with a fine organic dinner, with restaurateurs who pride themselves on growing their own produce. This really is food from terrace to taverna.
Day 3:Setting off from Filoti village, today’s hike takes us to the top, into the lap of the gods at Mount Zas, named after Zeus who is said to have spent his childhood on this splendid island. Hard to see why he wouldn’t, when you look out at the magnificent views out across this land that is like a heaven for hiking, the azure Aegean, islands and the Cycladic archipelago scattered all around. This remote spot is also a safe habitat for a bevy of birdlife, including griffon vultures, which soar serenely around the summit. So bring your binoculars. On our descent we will stop at the famous and impressive Zas Cave which, as well as having superb stalagmites and stalagtites, has chambers pushing over 10m in length. We complete our day on the mountain in the shade enjoying the cooling waters of Argion, a historic source for the island.
Day 4:Our final day of walking on Naxos, we start in Koronos, a remote village set perfectly into the hillside 30km from Naxos town. Following one of many stepped trails through the village we hike a trail that emanates the aroma of wild herbs just about everywhere. Add wild orchids and other native flowers to oregano, thyme or lavender, and you have quite a heady mix. Such a stunning trail should only lead to an equally stunning beach, and our final stop at the waterside in Lionas will not disappoint. Nor will its superb fish restaurant where we dine tonight.
Day 5:Leaving Naxos, we head to the island of Amorgos, known as the pirate island because it was vulnerable to attacks over the centuries, leaving its magnificent monasteries, churches and castle deserted over several different periods of time. This cultural heritage is one of its biggest pulls for visitors now and, on today’s hike we will take on a ancient path that loops its way through traditional villages of Langada, Tholaria and Stroumbos. Basing ourselves in the exquisite Aegiali Bay, you will be able to see why film director Luc Besson located his film, Big Blue, here. Dinner at a local mezedopolio where traditional music is often to be heard.
Day 6:Exploring Amorgos’ famous ‘hora’, with ancient churches, white stone houses and maze of alleyways, we continue along an ancient trail that leads to one of the island’s most magnificent site: the Hozoviotissa monastery. Built right into the cliff face overlooking the Aegean, this white washed architectural marvel is said to have been constructed to give safe haven to a statue of the Virgin Mary, which had come all the way from Palestine. Our hike continues all the way to Aegiali Bay, with never ending views out past the island’s deserted villages, steep cliffs and across the Aegean. Finishing our day in Aegiali Bay again, our day of walking through the heart of the island will be toasted and celebrated at one of the oldest restaurants on Amorgos.
Day 7:Today we head to another of the Small Cyclades islands, this time Koufonisi, most celebrated for its gamut of gorgeous blues, turquoise and crystalline waters at a collection of perfect beaches. Helped by the fact that it actually made up of two islands, namely Pano or Upper Koufonisi and Kato or Lower Koufonisi. Both knockouts.
Day 8:Probably one of the most untouched by tourism in the Small Cyclades, today we take a boat to Iraklia, where we arrive into its main fishing village of Ag. Georgios, with multi-coloured fishing boats welcoming us like pretty glistening lanterns. Our hike today is to its beckoning peak, where vultures soar and views astound. As will dinner at one of Iraklia’s favourite and most characterful spots, Maria’s Place, who grows her own and prepares every ingredient with skill and love
Day 9:A second day of walking on Iraklia takes us along ancient Cycladic trails through deserted sites such as the village Ag. Athanasios. We also have time to explore a huge cave at Ag. Ioannis. With a small entrance, it opens up into a vast cavern or hall where, every year, villagers hold a celebration. We celebrate the eve of this wonderful walking holiday in Greece with a swim and picnic at a remote bay, only accessible by foot. And, after one more coastal hike, have dinner at a top fish tavern, where catch of the day is guaranteed to be local. The owner is the fisherman.
Day 10:Return ferry to Naxos for those who are finishing their trip here or to Santorini if you choose to extend your walking trip to this neighbouring volcanic virtuosity. On Naxos you will hopefully have time for some beach bliss, or a wander around Naxos’ atmospheric, ancient town centre. And farewell in our traditional style, with a wonderful dinner at a top tavern.

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Responsible tourism: Naxos and the small Cyclades walking holiday, Greece

Environment

We are dedicated to encouraging low-impact activity holidays, such as walking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people.

This walking trail holiday in the island of Naxos & the Small Cyclades in Greece, has an eco focus. We will inform our guests about the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while walking or swimming around the island of Naxos, Amorgos, Iraklia, Donousa, Koufonisia. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to approach them in order not to scare them and disrupt their life, how to observe their behaviours or even capture a unique picture showing to the rest of the world their magic. Guests leave aware of the environmental dangers faced and what they can do to minimise them.

We encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. We often arrange clean ups of paths and beaches during the week. We report on paths that are falling out of use and help to clear them.

We encourage our guests and the owners of the accommodations we use to be aware of the threats to the environment (i.e. water waste, plastic bags and bottles) and suggest ways in which they can minimise their negative footprint. We explain our guests the need for water conservation in the Greek islands and advise them on how to minimise their water waste. We encourage our guests to bring refillable water bottles and/or recycle them in designated areas. All our business waste is recycled. All communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper.

We organise our walking holidays in Greece only for small groups of up to 6 people, outside the high season months of July-August. We thus try as much as we can to reduce negative impacts to the environment and its people and to benefit the local community.

Community

We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of Cycladic island lifestyle with our guests. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are introduced to the local customs, religion, politics and history during our walks. We take our clients to local festivals, artists' workshops, and other locals celebrations trying to get them to experience the local way of life. We encourage our guests to mix and interact with the local people which are particularly friendly and hospitable.

Through our walking trail holidays in Greece we support small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, guesthouses, mini-markets, bakeries and taverns. As our holidays take place in spring, early summer and autumn, we bring customers and income to establishments which would otherwise only have visitors in high summer. Guests are advised to visit the local market and purchase locally-produced and home-made products such olive oil, wine, honey, capers and herbs, sun dried fruits and tomatoes, “louza” the local proscuito and other goods.

We buy food for our picnics from the local markets and prefer items locally grown according to the season, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in typical Greek restaurants serving local dishes.

Our guests stay at local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals with their food being sourced locally. These accommodations have been restored by local workers and retained their unique local character whilst providing all necessary comforts. The guesthouses recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.

Naxos & the Small Cyclades have a unique network of traditional walking paths and Annie and Andrea who will be your guides know them very well. They live and work in the area. They are passionate about promoting the Cyclades as a walking holiday destination, about the survival and conservation of the paths and local wildlife and sustainable tourism in general.

In general, with all walking holidays in Greece, we’re trying through our activities to encourage travellers to approach places they visits with greater understanding and respect.

Reviews of Naxos and the small Cyclades walking holiday, Greece

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It's hard to know where to start - there were so many memorable parts! The jaw-dropping beauty of Naxos and the chance to be outdoors in perfect weather for a whole week. The sound of the goat bells in the mountains. The smell of growing herbs and wildflowers. The warmth and generosity of the Greek people. My delightful traveling companions. The delicious, fresh food - including the best goat cheese and tomatoes I've ever had. And our wonderful guide Annie, who was an absolute pleasure to be with and whose thoughtfulness, attention to every detail, and knowledge and love of the natural world, made this an unforgettable experience. This was my first visit to Greece, but will certainly not be my last.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There's a lot of mountain walking on uneven surfaces, so make sure to bring trekking poles and a good, broken-in pair of hiking boots. If you're not used to walking up and down hills, try to incorporate it into your exercise routine before you arrive. Sunscreen is a must. Also, try to learn a little Greek before you arrive it's a way of showing respect for your hosts and I found people truly appreciated the effort to speak their language.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We used public transportation as much as possible to get to and from our day hikes and ate in many locally-owned tavernas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I loved every minute of it. I'm already thinking about when I can come back again.

Reviewed on 15 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Pretty much everything was memorable, fabulous scenery, beautiful ancient paths and villages, swimming off lovely secluded beaches, meeting local people and eating delicious food. It was the Greek Orthodox Church Easter during our stay and it was fascinating to see the the processions and traditions associated with this. Annie Antonatou is a really excellent guide, knowledgeable, funny and great company.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take reliably comfy walking boots that are up to several hours walking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Perhaps in a small way - we enjoyed eating and drinking in lovely small restaurants and used public transport to get around.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really enjoyable, fantastic way to see the islands in spring and get a sense of local culture and tradition. Also good to relax and absorb a quieter way of life.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The spectacular views back onto the mountains whilst swimming in turquoise waters. Amazing hikes discovering nature with knowledgeable guide. Delicious food served by friendly locals happy to stop and chat...then surprise pieces of cake or savouries to try.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book for as long as you can go.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes-we ate in local taverns, not the tourist ones. Random bits of plastic come across were picked up to be binned-generally
extremely clean.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent mix of relaxing and walking in stunning scenery. Extremely well organised-no need to think about anything. I will be back...

Reviewed on 07 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many. We happened to be there to experience the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations in the villages. Swimming in the turquoise sea. The beautiful scenery and aromatic flora. The wonderful fresh food. The friendly people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Annie did have walking poles but you definitely need to use one. Ankle walking boots are advisable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly. We met some wonderful hospitable people all trying to make a living despite the uncertain political situation. All the rooms, restaurants and cafes were small establishments run by local families. The fresh produce used to prepare meals came straight out of their gardens.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


One of our best ever holidays. Annie is a superb guide and we had a wonderful introduction to the quieter Cyclades Islands. She knew the islands well and many of the wonderful people we met were her friends.

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It would have to be - experiencing Greece, like a local, in the truest sense possible. Annie, the tour leader and guide was always suggesting places and experiences that would help us experience and appreciate the land, its people, the culture and history in the truest sense. I came back from my holiday feeling totally refreshed and also enriched with knowledge of a land that I had until read about in my history books! Our interactions with the locals were so enriching and a definite eye-opener! To me, life in Greece epitomized simplicity and that is endearing to say the least! I may have booked my holiday tour driven by curiosity to see and experience the country, but I came back loaded with an experience of a lifetime and made friends for a lifetime! I didn’t just come back from a holiday, but I came back with an experience that echoed – ‘I lived in Greece, like a true local and experienced life in Greece in its truest sense – be it lunching with locals, exploring old castles or sitting on the edge of a cliff looking over the Aegean sea or plucking olives as we walked past little villages and smiling at the villagers and arriving famished at the local restaurants to be treated to delicious Greek salad with fresh veggies’ and responsibletravel.com and Annie made that possible!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you wish to experience Greece and breathe its soul, then this is the tour to go on! Annie is passionate about what she does and of the land itself and it comes across her conversations – she never gets tired of the questions and is always so excited to explain and show more! The more I saw, the more I wanted to know and Annie was always quick to spot the curiosity and even before I asked, she was showing and telling me stories of the place we visited – she bought the land the history to life right there in front of your eyes as she spoke. Advice for those booking the tours – travel light and be cognizant of the way of life in Greece – you will be advised not to waste natural resources (Water, paper etc.). Traveling light (a backpack and a day pack) would help you cover more places than you would if you had plenty of luggage! Keep a good water proof jacket and fleece jacket handy – the weather in the mountains changes without warning – being prepared helps! Good shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen and you are all set! WiFi is available in all the places, you will be staying, but a little piece of advice from a fellow traveler - leave those phones and tablets in the room – go out there – talk to the locals, enjoy a glass of wine and hear what they have to say – you will be amazed at what you will hear and how much there is to see!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it certainly did, in every which way – be it eating at the local restaurants, shopping local made wares or ensuring no water was wasted. The tour is designed to ensure to benefit the locals as much as it allows a lovely holiday experience for its clients!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


5 Stars all the way! The tour I booked saw some cancellations and I ended up being the only one on the tour and Annie still went ahead and took me on the tour and she made sure it was the best I had - no compromises were made, none whatsoever and I am ever so glad, that she ensured that I was taken care of and felt comfortable, no matter where we went and ensure the smile on my face stayed put all throughout the tour!

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking in beautiful landscapes, visiting fantastic beaches and wonderful villages,meeting Greek people and eating great food. If you aim for just one thing it must be the mount zas hike in Naxos.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be open for whatever happens. Things may not go according to plan and have to be changed. For me it turned out fine. Another important thing is to walk quietly, I.e.no talking. Then you can more be in the moment. Really be here and now and enjoy your surroundings.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I really think we did that. We supported local businesses. We took care of our garbage and also picked some from others. We took buses many places rather than taxi or car. By walking we chose an activity giving low environmental impact. It also gives local authorities an incentive to better protect the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had a fantastic holiday. Ten out of ten possible. Annie the guide was large part of that. Very professional and with a big heart.

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Climbing Mount Zas, the birthplace of Zeus on Naxos, and watching a big flock of ravens flying almost out of sight and descending was very special. Also eating island food, including greens picked from the wild and boiled hyacinth bulbs (the place was alive with tasselled hyacinths in bloom) and of course lots of raki on Amorgos in a rustic restaurant that was really our hosts' home was something I will never forget. Finally for the first time eating about 50 of the snails I had seen feasting on mandragora (mandrake)throughout our holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be ready for some serious but very enjoyable walking and unpredictable weather. It was very windy and cool for much of our 2 weeks in March/April, but it didn't stop us enjoying ourselves!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. We always stayed in locally-owned accommodation and ate in locally-owned restaurants, with locally-sourced food like the hyacinths, greens and snails mentioned above. Annie even objected to eating at Greek-owned chains! The smaller Cyclades are very depopulated, but the kind of holiday offered must encourage those who fed and housed us to stay.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was great. I hope to climb Mount Olympus with the same holiday company when I have learned enough Greek!

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole holiday was memorable (I will not forget it for a long time) and exciting. Everything about it was excellent - the organisation, the type and variety of hikes, the accommodation, the helpfulness and knowledge of the guides, the local cuisine - and even the weather.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a wonderful time. No other special tips required - the information provided was so complete and helpful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes visiting the villages helped to provide economic support for them. There was an emphasis on being environmentally friendly - our guide even picked up rubbish at one point.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


See under 1 above.

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The locations were excellent and scenery was beautiful. The walks allowed us to visit parts of the islands that were really off the beaten track. I also loved the archaeology.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take good boots and the right equipment and your camera!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it benefited the local people in using services such as restaurants, shops, transport etc

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An excellent week. The holiday was well organised, allowed for excellent walks and was a great opportunity to find out lots about many aspects of Greece. Both guides were really helpful and knowledgeable and were able to tell us lots about the islands. It was a very enjoyable week.

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Arriving at the different islands.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1. Be aware that ferries do a very fast turnaround
2. Bring binoculars
3. Very light tshirts & shorts for walking
4. Ideally walk for 5 or 6 days with a day off and a few days more for just relaxation.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


General spending i.e. Restaurants, souvenir shops, buying clothes, taxis etc. Would have benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Would definitely take similar holiday again.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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 at Lionas on Naxos after descending from the remote village of Koronas. Wonderful pebbles there too!
Arriving at The bay of Aegali with the sun setting behind us over Paros and the moon rising above the steep slopes of Amorgos.
Sunset drinks at Amorgis in Aegali. Breakfasts at Hotel Kymata in Naxos.
Seeing a griffin vulture.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Use all your senses and take time to savour the scents and the scenery. Take time to just stop and be still and listen to the silence broken only by goatbells and the cry of a bird of prey.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we stayed at small family run hotels and ate and drank at a variety of tavernas and cafes - some of which were in remote villages where passing thirsty tourists clearly boosted their trade. The holiday provider is a small Athens based company with a team of passionate guides keen to pass on their local knowledge. We left a few footprints - but only in the sand!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A feast for the senses!

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


HIking to the summit of Mt. Zas and enjoying panoramic views of the Cycladic Islands!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring hiking poles and be prepared for rocky surfaces.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I feel we benefited the local businesses by frequenting family-run hotels and restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was very enjoyable, a great blend of nature and history.

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Enjoying the nice food, walks and scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To be reasonably fit before it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It definitely benefited locals as we supported the food and wine producers and also purchased a few items of jewellery, and food items as presents.We helped the environment by using local transport and consumed local produce as much as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We would rate it v highly and have recommended it to friends. We would appreciate a coffee stop or break after about 2hrs walking.The same in the afternoon. There is always a great rush to finish the walk for no apparent reason. All the restaurants and walks and guides were better than Exodus .

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Beach side walk

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Absolutely excellent- Annie gave it her all.
Some walking surfaces quite tricky - bring suitable shoes/ light boots
Take breaks/ supplies on longer walks

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Marvellous

Reviewed on 15 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Wild spring flowers everywhere, with Mediterranean blue in the background, even with the odd flamingo in the "laguna"!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Late April is a wonderful time, still off high season: almost deserted beaches where you can already swim - although water is still a bit on the chilly side, and wonderful spring blossoms on every trail.
The friendly guides can arrange any walk to suit the group's needs and wishes: from lovely countryside strolls when you are still jet-lagged on arrival day to sunrise uphill more demanding climbs if you wish - stopping or ending on some wonderful beaches whenever you want!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes : accomodation at a local farmer's family home now renovated as a very comfortable and charming guest house. Using local buses (also very comfortable)as often as possible or sharing a taxi to reach the walks starting points or to come back from the walks to the Chora or main town on the island where we stayed, helped us maintain a low carbon print. Lunches or dinners at local village taverns also help Naxian inhabitants make a living on the island.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very relaxing, a real Greek "hanami" (spring flowers everywhere), guided by an enthusiastic and friendly Greek woman!

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