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Engares, Naxos Island

Engares is a small scenic village, situated within a fascinating natural environment, at a distance of some 7,5 kilometers northeastern to Chora. The landscape around is full of current waters, cultivated areas and numerous green houses. The settlement counts some 200 permanent residents.

A few facilities for accommodation are available in the village.

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The settlement and the area around have a lot of sightseeing that attract numerous visitors. It is worth seeing the mansions of the village, as the one of Theofilos family, where the eminent Greek author Nicos Kazantzakis had been hosted for some years in the late 19th century during his staying on the island, the mansion of Raftopoulos, a member of Filike Etaireia during the Greek Revolution of 1821, the mansion of Chatziandreou family and the mansion of Foufopoulos. You may also visit several churches as the church of Taxiarches, within the village, the church dedicated to the Birth of Virgin Mary, situated on a nearby hill and the church of Aghios Charalambos in the settlement of Hilia Vryssi.

Close enough to the country church of Aghios Georgios, you will find the old watermill, situated in a fascinating natural environment of breathtaking beauty, with current water, huge plane trees and luxuriant green.

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You should not miss to see the water basin that covers the needs of the village in water, as well as the dam and the artificial lake close to the Monastery of Faneromeni which is housed in an old Venetian tower dated in the 17th century.

Several scenic and nice beaches are available for swimming in short distance from the village; you may go to the cute cove of Micra, to the cove of Kambos Koronida where you will also see the country church of Aghios Mamas; there is also the cove of Abrami, very popular in summer, the cove of Aghioi Theodoroi, with the homonymous country church, and several others.

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In case of emergence you should address to the corresponding services of the town of Naxos, 7,5 kilometers southern to the village.

Access to the village is easy, by public buses running regularly, by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes.
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