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Apollonas, Naxos Island

The well known scenic coastal village of Apollonas is situated at a distance of 35,5 kilometers northeastern to the town of Naxos (Chora), within a lovely small cove with a nice beach, at the northeastern coast of the island. It counts some 100 permanent residents. The small port of the settlement is available for mooring of small tourist and fishing boats.

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Several accommodation facilities are available in the village; the place is nice and pretty calm, but it offers sufficient tourist facilities which, combined with the beautiful environment and the sightseeing, makes the place ideal for spending a few days. You will find several fish taverns, pretty popular, at the port, along with a few scenic cafés, where you will enjoy your coffee or drink and an excellent view.

The beach is wonderful, with golden sand and fine pebbles and the sea is ideal not only for swimming, but also for any kind of sea sports.

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Close enough to the entrance of the village, at the site of Kastraki, you may see the unfinished colossal archaic “kouros”, known as the “kouros of Apollonas” and thought to present the god Dionysus. The statue, made of marble, lies exactly at the place where, some 2500 years ago, they started to sculpt it. At the near by mountain of Kalogeros, there are ruins of ancient fortification, the “Kastro tou Kalogerou” (“castle of the monk”), as the locals call it. At the site of Empoli or Ampoli you may see the traces of ancient quarries of marble, still visible today.

Within the settlement you may visit the church of Aghios Ioannis (St. John) and at the nearby village of Aghia, situated 7,5 kilometers western to Apollonas, you may visit an interesting tower with excellent view of the northern part of the island.

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A series of interesting cultural events, the “Apollonia” are organized during the summer, whereas on the 29th of August the locals celebrate the name day of Aghios Ioannis (St. John) with a great religious local feast (“panighyri”). Another local feast takes place at the village of Aghia on the 15th of August, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

In case of emergence you should address to the corresponding services of the town of Naxos, 35,5 kilometers southwestern to Apollonas.

Access to the village is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes. If you have a boat, the small port of the settlement is available for mooring.
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