Suggestion for Biking Tour

Suggestion for Biking Tour  (7 Days)

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1st DAY:
After the delicious breakfast in our hotel buffet next to the pool, we start our tour from our property with direction to Melanes village. In the traditional and whole green village we can visit the famous Kouros status marble.

An unfinished marble status around 700 B.C. about 5 meters high. There are three KOUROS statues in whole Naxos. The two of them are located near to Melanes village.

We continue our tour with a visit to Kinidaros village.

In altitude of almost 400metres, Kinidaros is situated between vines, olives, oaks, platans and prinies, a beautiful place for rest and food. There are a few traditional taverns where you can taste their homemade plates. A small walk in the village and in the small forest near the asphalt road, probably will complete your total view for Kinidaros.

In our direction we meet the third village for the first day, Moni.

Moni is one of the picturesque villages on Naxos with beautiful views to the mountains. It is one of the places in Naxos for handmade weaving product in the loom. We can make a short stop to take more information about this activity and buy a small gift.

The church of Drosiani Virgin near the village of Moni is one of the best-preserved monuments from the early Christian era in the whole of south-eastern Europe. It was constructed in three stages starting from the early Christian period. The oldest frescoes are from the 7th century.

After these, we will get the road back and we will close our first experience in Naxos island.

(about 40km total)

2nd DAY:
We begin from our hotel and through to Galanado we are going to Chalki Village.

The village of Chalki is located in the central area of the region of Tragea which is the biggest olive cultivation area of the Cyclades, 16 kilometres from Chora, or Naxos Town.
Chalki has a long history and was once the capital of Naxos as well as its main administrative and trade centre, the many neo-classical houses and buildings testify about the past wealth and power of the village.

The Valindra Kitron distillery is in the heart of the village and can be entered for free. You are given a tour of the site where the famous Kitron of the area is made. It's interesting to see the workings up close and the tour gives plenty of interesting facts, not least that the liquid is actually made from Citron leaves. The tour ends, naturally, with some sampling of the product as well as Ouzo which is also made here.

After Chalki we meet Filoti village.

Filoti is situated 19 kilometres from the capital of Naxos, in a beautiful verdant valley near the mountain of Zas. The village is situated on quite a steep hill and the main street contains the main life in terms of cafe and restaurants. It is a traditional Cycladic village built amphitheatrically on the slopes of the mountain with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow flowered streets. Filoti has a superb little main paved square surrounded by picturesque cafes and taverns, shadowed by a huge and majestic plane tree. Churches are plenty and are worth exploring.

The Cave of Zas in Filoti, Naxos, comprises various interesting materials and objects dating back to the pre-historic times. This is evident of the fact that this cave was used in the pre-historic era. Tourists can get to see here tools made of obsidian, which were used in the ancient days. Many other unique traces of the ancient life are to be noted in this amazing cave in Naxos. The Cave of Zas in Filoti, Naxos thus requires a visit. It not only provides an insight into the geology of the earlier ages, but also let the tourists know more about the life and culture of the ancient people. It is a perfect place for the nature lovers too.

After the visit of Zas cave we can return to Filoti to eat!!

We continue (trough to Chalki) to Damalas village.

Damalas is one of the smallest villages in Naxos. It is placed on a small hill. Two traditional monuments make this small village popular for tourists, the traditional olive press and the pottery work shop. The olive press was built in 1850, a date that makes the building an antiquity. It was used until 1960 and after the reconstruction made it is now a monumental museum. Also it is worth to watch the process of making the handmade ceramics and maybe buy a small souvenir. Damalas is a village where tranquillity is disturbed only by the noise of nature.

In the road for our return we meet Bazeos Tower, where we can make a small stop.

It is located on the 12th km of the main road linking the Chora of Naxos with the interior. It was built circa 1600 and served as a monastery of the Holy Cross until the beginning of the 19th century, when it was abandoned by the last monks and devolved upon the then emergent Hellenic State. In the late 19th century it was purchased by the Bazeos family, to whose descendants it belongs until today.
Since 2000 exhibitions are organized in the tower's interior, while the FESTIVAL OF NAXOS, which includes concerts, theatrical performances and cultural activities, is organized in the forecourt from July to September. In 2008 the thematic axis of Festival is "Art and Madness"

We return back to our property and we enjoy free our evening to the hotel pool or at the beach.

(40 km total)

3rd DAY:
We leave our accommodation and we are starting our tour with the direction to Koronos, Skado and Messi villages.

After this beautiful route next to the green fields and with a view to the mountains we are going to the ''top'' of the island of Naxos, Apollonas village.
The lovely fishing village of Apollonas is located in the northern side of the island, 54 kilometres from the island's capital.
It has a small sandy beach, boarded by a few nice taverns.

Nearby the village of Apollonas, the beautiful third statue of Kouros can be seen,which is a half-finished statue of 10.5 metres, dating back to the 6th century BC and believed, by many archaeologists, to represent the god Dionysus.

We can make a stop here to see the famous sightseeing and eat something, taste the local wine of Apollonas and swimming in the small, cute beach..!! 
We continue our tour with direction to Agia village. In Agia, in a strategic spot near to the most northerly point of the island is the Tower of Agia, which is built in altitude 220 meters. Not far from the tower amongst plane trees and running water is the old monastery of the Holy Virgin with its miraculous icon, which according to tradition, was found in the sea.

Our last station is in the monastery of Faneromeni, which is a 14th century construction. The name ''Faneromeni'' is used to name monasteries in places where some icon was discovered in some unexpected position.

Our day came in the end. We return, through to Eggares village, to our property to rest and maybe have a relaxing drink in the pool or in the beach area.
(53km total)

4th DAY:
(In this day maybe we have to use mountain bikes)
Another beautiful morning in Naxos Island and we are starting from the hotel to Sagri village.
1.5km to the south of Sagri village we will find Demetra's temple. The Temple to Demeter is one of the most important historical landmarks remaining in this part of Naxos island and can be found just The remains of the Dimitra's Temple are impressive and quite fascinating in their own way. It is well worth coming here just to enjoy the hilltop setting and the subsequent views, while the reconstructions of elements of the temple at the onsite museum may also be of interest.

We continue to the second part of Sagri village and we are going to Mikri Vigla, Kastraki and Alyko beaches.
On both sides of Mikri Vigla's cape lay two incomparable beaches that each of them transpires different charms, enabling them to content the desires of guests of any kind. On the North side you will find the bay with the isle of "Parthena" surfacing in the middle giving a savour beauty to the landscape. The North beach is more suitable for sports as it is world-wide known for the "Meltemi" wind that appeal windsurfers, kite surfers and sportsmen of any kind since many years. On the South side lays one of the longest and of unique beauty beaches not only of Naxos but of Cyclades in general. Shallow but also deep crystal-clear waters fading in the endless sandbanks of the beach embrace gently the indefinable shaped rocks of Mikri Vigla cape creating a natural safe harbour for small boats. The "Limanaki" beach as it is called, one of the most attractive beaches in Cyclades for swimming, is responsible for the lake located only a few meters from the seashore that was also used to produce salt, one of the main export goods of Naxos.

Aliko is one of the most peaceful beaches on Naxos. The wild beauty that provides to the visitors is something unforgettable. It would be grateful to taste the clear waters here!!!

We continue along to the wonderful Plaka beach, and we return to our property!!
The road from Mikri Vigla to Plaka is dirty road, not dangerous, not difficult, but preferable for mountain bikes..!!
(30 km total)

5th DAY:
Wild sight of Naxos environment
We start again from our property and we drive to Apeiranthos village with our mini bus.
Apeiranthos is a word that means "plenty of flowers". Apeiranthos is a relatively large village that is located on a hilltop that offers a breathtaking view for tourists and locals alike. The architecture in Apeiranthos village is clearly influenced by the architecture of Venice. There are several interesting attractions in Apeiranthos village including three different museums. The three museums include the Archaeological Museum, a Museum of Folk Art and an interesting Geological Museum. Along with these beautiful and historic museums, Apeiranthos Village offers views of beautiful churches and other historic buildings.

We start from Apeiranthos with the bikes through to Moutsouna in the eastern side of Naxos, to Panormos beach or Psili Ammos beach, where we can swimming. Then we return for a traditional meal to Moutsouna or Apeiranthos.

After that, we take the road for return!! (40 km total)

6th DAY:
This day is a free day in which we can arrange for our visitors, a visit in a farm place with barbeque, local products, local wine and traditional music and dance!!
Or as an alternative choice, we can arrange an one day cruise around to Naxos, with barbeque on the boat and swimming in the Rena's amazing sea cave!!!

7th DAY:
A relaxing program for the last day!!
We are starting again from our property and we are going through to Agios Arsenios, Vivlos and Galanado to Naxos Town!!
It is worth to visit the famous Castle of Naxos, the old town with the narrow corridors and the Archaeological museum Of Naxos!!

As next sightseeing coming the ''Portara''. The first view of the visitor, before disembarking to the island is that of "Portara". The ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo are preserved around Portara to this day. Its construction started the 6th century BC during the rule of the tyrant of the island Lygdamis, but was never completed because he was exiled by his people. Above and beyond the archaeological significance of the "island of palaces" Portara is one of the unique spots of Cyclades for a visitor that wishes to enjoy a magnificent sunset and stare at the surrounding widespread islands of Cyclades.

Shopping to Naxos market!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(25km total)