Naxos town
Naxos town 
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£440.00 (2017)
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7 nights
(3 B&B, 4 accommodation only). Price shown for 7 night option in April/May and September-November.
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3-5 hrs per day
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Greece: The Cycladic Islands of Naxos and Amorgos
Island hopping in the emerald Aegean
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A self-guided hike on the beautiful Cycladic islands of Naxos and Amorgos, centre based.

 

Grade: Easy-Medium

 

This two-island route offers some fine walking on two contrasting islands, each with its own special flavour. The scenery in both is splendid and the walking very fine; while the larger island of Naxos has a great variety of sights and walks, its smaller cousin Amorgos reminds one of earlier times when tourism in the Aegean was far less developed. The sea, with its swimming opportunities, is always at hand, and we help you to find the best.

 

On Naxos you are based in or near Naxos Old Town, whose Venetian heritage is clear in the Kastro dominating the labyrinthine alleys, a cornucopia of little blue-and-white shops and restaurants.  Courtesy of the local bus service (backed up by our enthusiastic taxi man Giannis when needed), the best walking on the island is available to you. Visit the half-finished, ancient statues (Kouros) lying in a farmer's field, the pretty villages of the interior (Apeiranthos, Filoti and Chalki), and the beach at Lionas, where you can be royally lunched, and sleep the afternoon away after home-made honey raki and a swim. Walk to the temple of Demeter or ascend Mt Zas, the highest mountain in the Cyclades at 1000m, and get back in time for delicious filo pastries in the village bars.

 

Amorgos is quite another matter. Lonely and far less developed, the walking embraces the authentic culture of the island while giving some thrilling views and experiences - notably the Monastery of Chozoviotisa, clinging limpet-like to its cliff, followed by a walk along the spine of the island back to your pension in quiet Aegiali. Two further walks will take you through the villages of the northern end of the island, and to a windy outpost, accessible only by a cliff path.

 

Standard option (see "itinerary"): 7 nights (4 Naxos, 3 Amorgos), but you can choose to stay longer on each island, and hire a car locally if you wish to explore each more fully. 

 

Single island options also available (recommended for shorter stays). Minimum stays on each island: Naxos 3 nights (July/August 4), Amorgos 2 (July/August 3). Minimum total stay 5 nights.

 

Note that ferry transfers between the two islands are lengthy (2-4 hours) and that access to Naxos is either by ferry from Santorini (2 hrs), Mykonos (1½ hrs) or Piraeus (6 hrs), or by daily flight from Athens only. Flight and ferry times may mean an overnight near the airport on either the outward or return journey. We advise you to discuss your flight plans with On Foot Holidays first before settling on the shape of the holiday.


Highlights

NAXOS:

  • The old town of Naxos and the Venetian Kastro
  • The hill villages of the interior
  • The temple of Demeter
  • Lionas beach and honey Raki
  • The ascent of Mt Zas and 360º views of the Aegean Islands

AMORGOS:

  • The monastery of Chozoviotisa on its cliff
  • The Aegiali bowl and its villages
  • Walking the spine of the island along the ridge
  • The cliff walk to the chapel of Stavros

WE RECOMMEND: staying on and hiring a car to explore the rest of Naxos and the southern part of Amorgos (including its archaeological sites) - or just lying on the beaches, swimming in clear blue sea and enjoying local food and wines.

Linking this route with our other Cyclades route, Andros (transfer via Mykonos - ask us for advice)

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Greece: The Cycladic Islands of Naxos and Amorgos route map
Route designed by

Annie Antonatou

Annie was born in Athens.  She is a keen hiker and mountaineer and has been guiding travellers around the traditional paths of the Cyclades for the last 9 years. In 2006 she successfully co-launched an eco sailing business around the Greek islands. Annie is fluent in English and speaks basic Italian and French.