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Filoti, Naxos Island

Filoti is the biggest and possibly the most beautiful village of Naxos. Built on the mountainside of mountain Zas, the highest mountain of the Cyclades complex, it is situated in the inland, almost at the center of the island, at a distance of 18 kilometers southeastern to the town of Naxos (Chora). The village counts some 1800 permanent residents.

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Being in the very inland, the village offers only few alternatives for accommodation. However, it receives numerous visitors and tourists, not only thanks to the interesting monuments of culture and of nature, but also for the vivid and intense nightlife it offers to the visitors. Both in the village and around it you will find a lot of taverns with excellent food of the local kitchen, cafés, bars and music clubs with any kind of music. You will also find several shops, not only for souvenirs and gifts, but also for goods of every day use.

There is a lot to see both in the village and in the broader area. The village itself is part of sightseeing: it has whitewashed houses, narrow uphill stone paved streets, old churches, small traditional taverns and a huge perennial plane tree shading the street with the traditional cafés.

At the center of the village it is situated the old Barotsis Tower, constructed in the 17th century; you may also see the old fountain made of marble and dated in 1841, as well as the church of Panaghia Filiotissa, dedicated to Virgin Mary, with an excellent icon screen of marble, several old icons and a very tall bell tower.

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At a distance of some 2,5 kilometers to the South you will find the Spring of Aria, within an environment full of cool current water and huge perennial plane trees. Close enough, but with different access, it is situated the church of Panaghia, dedicated to Virgin Mary; it is a rather new church built beside the old church made of stone, located among high plane trees. Numerous architectural parts of ancient temples have been enwalled in the masonry of the old church, whose fresco decoration of the interior is only partly preserved. The spring is the starting point of the old footpath leading to the cave of Zas, at an altitude of some 600 meters. The cave is of high archaeological importance and a small church, dedicated to Zoodochos Peghe (Virgin, Spring of Life) is established in the interior of it. At a distance of 1,5 kilometers southern to the church of Panaghia, you will find the small church of Aghia Anastasia.

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4–5 kilometers western to Filoti, on the way to the village Danakos, it is situated the small country church of Aghia Marina. The place is the starting point of the old, still well preserved, footpath leading to the top of the mountain Zas, at an altitude of 1004 meters. Once there, you will really enjoy an impressive view of the entire island, of the sea surrounding it and of several islands in the distance. On your way to the top, don’t miss to have a look to the characteristic rock with the ancient inscription indicating the top of the mountain.

1,5 kilometer western to Filoti it is situated the country church of Aghios Ioannis (St.John), built on the top of a hill with excellent view to the village.

Some 4,5 kilometers southwestern to the village, you will find the small country church of Aghios Eustathios.
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Finally, on the way to the beach of Kalantou, some 14 kilometers southern to the village, it is located the impressive tower of Himaros, dated in the Hellenistic period. The tower was in use during the medieval period and served as a watch tower for the pirate attacks. Archaeological excavations in the area around have brought to light a complex of an oil-press workshop, along with several other buildings, all of them dated in the Hellenistic period.

If you stay here and feel like having a nice swim you may reach any of the beaches of the island, some 15-20 kilometers far away. As Filoti is situated at the center of the island, all the beaches are found at equal distances.

On the 15th of August the fun-lover residents of the island organize a three-day long religious feast (“panighyri”) in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary; music, local dances and abundant food are offered and the fun lasts until early in the morning. The feast is famous all over the island and attracts numerous visitors, not only from the island but also from entire Greece, as well as many foreign tourists.

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In case of health problems a local Medical Center and a pharmacy are available in the village; for other cases of emergence you should address to the corresponding services of Chora.

Access to the village from the town of Naxos is possible by public buses, running frequently, as well as by rented or private car and motorbikes. Filoti is situated on the way to Apeiranthos (8 kilometers far away at the Northeast), just after the village of Chalki, which is situated 2,5 kilometers far away at the Northwest.
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