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  • Top of Zas mountain at 1.004m height
  • Pirgaki beach at south west part of the island
  • Path from Garinou source to Kinidaros lakes
  • Sandy path at Alyko cedar forest, a natura 2000 preserved area
  • Marble quarry close to Kinidaros village
  • Emery mines at the road to Lionas bay

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Naxos has an astonishing alternation of landscapes, combining mountainous and flat landscapes with magical coastal sceneries.

The highest mountain of Naxos took its name from Zeus, the father of all Gods in the Greek Mythology, because he lived part of his life in the island!

Naxos has a remarkable and rich variety of biotopes: from the altitude of the sea and its coastline to the tops of hills and mountains, various ecosystems provide safe habitat for numerous representatives of the fauna of Naxos!

The Greek government has included part of the island in the European network of protected areas “Nature 2000”.

Views of Naxos
Zas is the highest mountain in the Cyclades, stands at an impressive 1,004 meters height.
   
 
A cenic route next to the river that leads to Egares valley.
   
 
Emery mines on the north eastern side of the island, close to Lionas beach.
   
 
 
Views of Naxos

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Naxos has an amazing variety of landscapes. The island is home to spectacular mountainous ranges, gentile sweeping lowlands and enchanting coastal lines. All of these host an astonishing diversity of ecosystems.

Zas Mountain

Naxos is home to the highest mountain in the Cyclades. The magnificent Zas mountain takes its name from the ancient Greek God Zeus. In Greek Mythology, Zeus was the father of all the other Gods. It was believed that he had spent his early life on Naxos.

Zas mountain stands at an impressive 1.004 meters. Its summit offers stunning, panoramic views of the vast blue Aegean sea. On clear days, you can see all the Cycladic islands that surround Naxos. If you enjoy trekking, you can reach the mountain top by following a trail that starts from St. Marina Church. The church itself is on route to Danakos village.

At the foot of Zas mountain, close to Filoti Village, is the famous water source of Argion. In summer, it’s an ideal place to stop and drink some of its cool, refreshing water. After resting in a shady spot, and enjoying the peace and quiet of nature, you can gather up your strength for a walk up to the cave of Za. It’s the biggest cave on the island, and worth a visit for its beautiful stalagmite structures. You’ll need a strong flashlight to explore the cave, although few people have reached its bottom, which is over 700m in depth.

Emery Mines

The Emery mines are on the north eastern side of the island, in the direction of Lionas beach. Historically, Naxos was unique in mining this emery, producing such excellent quality on such an industrial scale. Today the mine is still operational. However, there is little demand for this rock as the market has been replaced by artificial corundum.

The mines are set against beautiful, wild scenery. They are worth a visit if you happen to be passing through.

Lakes and Rivers

Naxos is the greenest island in the Cyclades. It’s full of gushing water springs, streams and small rivers that criss cross ravines. Its lush, fertile landscape is in sharp contrast to the other dry barren islands.

Its most famous and unique water spring is Garinou, located above Kinidaros village. The water here continuously seeps through the sand to create a pure crystal clear river that leads to the valley of Eggares.

Hiking enthusiasts can follow the river to Eggares village. This scenic route, passes by three beautiful lakes, the church of St. Artemios, the old monastery of St. Dimitrios, as well as several quaint watermills and a small waterfall. There is plenty of opportunity to spot local wildlife, such as turtles, crabs and colourful butterflies.

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