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Agios Arsenios, Naxos Island

The scenic rural village of Agios Arsenios is situated at a distance of some 7 kilometers southeastern to the town of Naxos (Chora), within a small but fertile plain. It counts some 700 permanent residents occupied in agriculture and tourism. The area is famous for the tasty potatoes it produces, which are exported, mainly to Athens. The locals call the village Arghesani, a false pronunciation of the official name.

The traditional and quiet village offers accommodation facilities and the visitor will enjoy nice local food in the taverns of the settlement. The village is an ideal choice for the visitors who prefer to settle in a quiet and nice place with good access both to Chora and to the beaches, without being too far from the popular coastal resorts.

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The sea is close enough, only some 3-5 kilometers far away, depending on which beach you are going to choose. You may go to Aghia Anna, to Aghios Procopios and to Plaka, or you may choose to go farer, to Mikri Vigla or Kastraki. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy the nice sand and the crystal clear sea.

Strolling around the settlement you will see several beautiful old houses with their courtyards full of flowers and plants. You may also see many interesting churches. Of course, the most important of them is the tiny church of Aghios Arsenios, who gave the name to the village. There are also the churches of Aghios Nicolaos and Aghios Spyridon, as well as the church of the nearby Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Baptist), where you will see the nice wood carved icon screen and interesting icons of the Post Byzantine period. On the way to Chora, at a distance of some 2 kilometers northern to Aghios Arsenios, at the site of Yria, you may see the ruins of the Archaic temple of Dionysus, dated in the 7th century b.C., whereas close to Tripodes or Vyvlos, the village with the beautiful traditional windmills, you may visit the old church of Panaghia Tripodiotissa, dedicated to Virgin Mary, where you will see icons of the Post Byzantine period and an excellent wood carved icon screen finely worked.

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In case of health problems, a pharmacy is available in the village. Of course, for any case of emergence you may address to the corresponding services of the town of Naxos (Chora), only 7 kilometers far away to the Northwest.

Access from Chora is very easy by public bus, running regularly, by taxi as well as by rented or private cars and motorbikes.
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