Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece

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Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

1. Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Start with pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyroula. While there, visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, which is one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. Continue to Chalki village, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You can also take an optional visit to a local "kitron" distillery and learn about liquor production, with tastings also included. Next, explore the village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional tiny shops with local products. Take a short stroll through the village and hear about its history and traditions. Leaving Apiranthos behind, drive past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, before arriving at Apollonas. See the ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue of 11 meters which has been standing in the same spot for more than 2500 years. Afterward, enjoy some free time at the picturesque fishing village to swim or enjoy a meal at your own expense. Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean. Reach the village of Eggares and take a guided tour of the small olive press museum. Afterward, be returned to your pickup point.

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

2. Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

The first stop is Demeter temple, a spectacular recently restored ancient temple from 530 BC. Apart from the impressive monument, you'll have the chance to visit the archeological museum located in the same area, and to check out some findings from the site. Continue the tour to Damalas, a cute little village in the heart of Tragea Valley where you'll enjoy a demonstration at the only remaining traditional pottery workshop and the traditional restored olive press. Then drive to Chalkio, a neoclassical village where you can walk in picturesque alleys, visit the traditional citron distillery/museum, and have an espresso while taking in the classy atmosphere. A visit to Panagia Drosiani, the oldest church on the Balcan Peninsula, is a must during your visit. Head then to the famous village of Naxos, Apiranthos, the “marble village," and stroll down marble cobbled streets and take loads of photos. Drive towards the north part of Naxos island to end up on the northeast edge in Apollonas, a small typical Cycladic village. Have a swim or just relax at one of the cafes by the sea. On the way back, stop by the impressive Kouros, a colossal unfinished statue from the 6th century BC, before returning to Chora, taking in gorgeous views along the way.

Naxos: Highlights Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

3. Naxos: Highlights Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

Discover the highlights of Naxos on this private tour with an expert guide. You’ll visit ancient temples and a ceramic workshop, have a traditional Greek meal and olive tasting, and more. See the authentic side of Naxos, visit its hidden gems, and learn about its history and culture. After being picked up, your 5-hour tour will start with a visit to the striking ancient temple of Demeter and Apollo, one of the most significant sites in the evolution of architecture. Learn all about the goddess Demeter and her occult rituals from your guide. Next, stop at Damalas village to visit a traditional ceramic workshop. You’ll get insight into the island’s pottery tradition and bring home a truly Greek souvenir. When it comes to Greek and Naxian culture, cuisine can’t be left out. You’ll learn about Naxos’ production of Kitron liqueur and admire the process in a distillery at the beautiful village of Halki. Following your distillery visit, you’ll get to savor a traditional Greek meal in Apeiranthos, the famous marble village. Your tour will conclude at the Museum of Olive Press in Eggares, where you’ll taste some of the incredible extra virgin olive oil produced on the island.

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What people are saying about Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Nick was very knowledgeable & passionate about Naxos. It was a great day to see the island of Naxos, highly recommend. An easy and safe way to enjoy the island, tour ran on time.

Great tour with the great tour guide Nikolas. We saw a lot of the island and got a good restaurant tip for the evening. Highly recommended tour.

Tour covers a lot of the island in a short period of time which was perfect for us only being in Naxos a couple days.

Nikola was a perfect guide. Discovering the island and artisans in the easiest and most satisfying way

Great tour with a very knowledgeable local guide. Tour ran to time and took in some great locations.