Excursions in Naxos
Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades. It covers an area of 448 sq km and has a coastline of 148km long. It lies almost in the center of the Cyclades with Paros at the west, Donoussa at the east, Schioussa and Koufonissia at the south while the north side faces Mykonos and Delos. Naxos Island is known for its natural, authentic beauty: it is a mountainous island with impressive rock formations but with also many plains, green and fertile valleys as well as beautiful golden beaches surrounded by turquoise waters. It has a population of 20.000 inhabitants and more than a half of it is living island's capital, Hora. Naxos has been famous since Ancient times for its fertility and has a great variety of agricultural products like potatoes, olives and wine. It is a rich island and the lushness of the island permitted its inhabitants to be financially independent. For this reason, Naxos was one of the last islands that opened itself to tourism and one of the last that kept its authentic and natural beauty. It has a charming capital and many traditional Cycladic villages. There are some temples, immortal proofs of a prosperous antiquity, many Byzantine churches and Venetian towers. The island has various types of landscapes: a desert in some areas and fertile as a tree abundant soil in some others. Naxos is a mountainous island with the largest peak in the Cyclades: Mount Zas and its 1004 meters. The island has also the longest beaches of the Cyclades: 92 km of sandy beaches! Naxos island is a beautiful island which has a lot to offer to the visitor.