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Potamia, Naxos Island

The traditional village of Potamia is situated in the inland, at a distance of some 9 kilometers southeastern to the town of Naxos (Chora). It is extended in a broad area and consists of three almost separate settlements Kato (“lower”) Potamia - the first to ecounter as you reach the village -, Messi (“middle”) Potamia and Ano (“upper”) Potamia. The area around is overgrown, with abundant cool current water. The village counts some 400 permanent residents mainly occupied in agriculture and stockbreeding and occasionally in tourism. The area is famous for the tasty fruits that the people cultivate at the valley below the village.

No accommodation facilities are available in the village, but it is worth visiting it during a daily excursion.
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All three settlements and the area around offer a lot of sightseeing, which attract numerous visitors. It is certainly worth seeing the medieval castles and towers,as the Tower of Kokkos and the Tower of Mangakis found at Messi Potamia, as well as the Venetian castle or “Apano Kastro” (“upper castle” in Greek), as the locals call it, which is found at Ano Potamia. Also, don’t miss to see the old churches, the public fountains and the old watermills, an eloquent sign of the prosperity of the village in the past. Thanks to its location the village has a fascinating view and is ideal for taking photos. At a distance of 2 kilometers southwestern to the settlement of Messi Potamia you may see the church of Aghios Mamas, dated in the 9th century, a church of interesting architecture and with nice icons in the interior.

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As the village is situated almost at the center of the village, you may choose any beach, at either coast, for swimming.

In case of emergence, the corresponding services of the town of Naxos (at a distance of 9 kilometers far away to the Southwest) are available for you.

Access to the village is possible by public buses, by taxi and by private means (car and motorbikes).
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