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

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and the marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Damalas along the way.Start with a pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyula. You will visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. The next stop will be the tiny village of Damalas. Learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production at a restored olive press museum. Afterward, visit a traditional workshop of a third-generation potter and know the secrets of his art dating back to ancient Greece. 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 along with tastings. 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 ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue that is 11 meters tall and that is 2500-years-old. Have free time in a picturesque fishing village where you can go for a dip or purchase lunch. Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean, and 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.

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

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4.4 / 5

based on 199 reviews

This is an excellent way to get a sense for the island. You visit a couple of villages, a beach, and a pair of archaeological sites. You also get a pottery making demonstration and a lesson on olive pressing. In season, the tour includes a stop at an olive museum and store. The natural beauty of the Naxos is apparent as you drive up into the mountains, stop in the quaint towns, and descend toward the sea. Demetris provides a friendly and accessible narration, and Vasilis drives the bus with consumate skill. We met fellow travelers from all over, and enjoyed the entire experience.

The tour was excellent and a great way to see the island. I can remember the exact names of our guide and driver (I think our guide was Dimitri?) but they were both very nice and our guide had lots of interesting facts to tell us. It was beautiful getting to see some of the villages and the mountains of the island. The swim stop was also beautiful. I will say that it’s a pretty packed day so keep that in mind if you want more time in each stop. “It takes a lifetime to discover Greece but only a second to fall in love with her” - and I couldn’t agree more.

The tour was excellent! Our driver and guide were both fantastic - very knowledgeable and funny. We really enjoyed all the stops on the tour, and although it would've been nice to have some more time at some, we understand why it wasn't possible. Very enjoyable - thank you so much! (-:

I could not have easily accessed all these attractions across remote mountain roads on my own. This was just right for a low energy outing on day 37 of my current sojourn.

Nice day tour in Naxos, the guide knew his stuff for sure !