Dolmádes: Grape leaves stuffed with a blend of ground beef, rice & herbs, topped with lemon sauce.
Spanakópita: Fresh spinach, leeks, Swiss chard, onion, feta cheese, & eggs blended & baked with phýllo dough.
Loukánika Mezés : A sautéed Greek-style pork sausage (not spicy but very flavorful) served with lemon wedges.
Biftékia Mezés: A Glyfada specialty: broiled ground top sirloin and sautéed onion & garlic, herbs & spices, served with tzatzíki.
Falafel Mezés: Blended garbanzo & fava beans with herbs & spices, fried crispy & served with tahini sauce & hummus.
Gyros Mezés: Thin-sliced spicy beef over warm pita with red onion, tomato & tzatzíki.
Paidákia : Grilled baby lamb chops marinated with Greek herbs, garlic & lemon-olive oil.
Mezés: Biftékia, dolmades, loukánika, gyro, spanakopita, falafals & Greek fries.
Horiátiki: Ripe tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, feta and Kalamata olives with oreganoládo dressing.
Greek Salad: Spring greens, tomato, red onion, cucumber, roasted pepper, Kalamata olives, & feta, tossed with our Greek olive oil–vinaigrette dressing
Fasouláda : The most ancient Greek soup, white beans, celery, carrot, onion, garlic, herbs, & olive oil in a tomato base (vegetarian).
Mousaká: Layers of sautéed ground sirloin, eggplant, zucchini & potato, topped with béchamel sauce & served with Greek fries.
Pastitsio: Layers of pasta & ground sirloin seasoned with cloves & nutmeg topped with delicious béchamel sauce served with vegetable of the day.
Lamb Chops: Grilled baby lamb chops marinated with Greek spices, garlic, lemon-olive oil served with Greek fries & vegetable.
Brizola Mosharisia: Choice aged New York stake marinated with Greek mountain herbs & spices served with Greek fries, vegetable.
Lamb Souvláki Plate: Lamb marinated skewered and broiled, served with rice, vegetable.
Chicken Souvláki Plate: Marinated chicken skewered and broiled, served with rice & vegetable of the day.
*Biftékia: broiled ground top sirloin with sautéed onions and garlic, herbs and spices, served with tzatzíki, & Greek fries.
*Loukánika: A sautéed Greek-style pork sausage (not spicy but very flavorful), served with lemon wedges, & Greek fries.
Gyro (Yiro) Plate: Thin-sliced spicy beef over warm pita with red onions, tomato & tzatzíki with Greek fries.
*Dolmádes: Grape leaves stuffed with a blend of ground beef, rice & herbs, topped with lemon sauce, served with Greek fries.
Swordfish: Grilled center cut swordfish steak with Greek herbs & lemon-olive oil served with rice & vegetable of the day.
Vegetarian Mousaká: Our famous meatless version mousaká layers of eggplant, zucchini & potato with light tomato sauce & herbs topped with béchamel sauce served with Greek fries.
Falafel: Blended garbanzo & fava beans with herbs & spices, fried crispy & served with Greek fries, tahini sauce, & hummus.
Briami: Baked casserole of fresh vegetables with selected herbs, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, peppers, green beans, potatoes, & okra (when in season) in light tomato sauce.
*Spanakópita: One of the most popular Greek snacks: fresh spinach, leeks, Swiss chard, onions, feta cheese and eggs blended and baked in phýllo dough, served with Horiátiki Saláta and Greek fries.
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The island of Naxos
the biggest and most fertile island of the Cyclades.
Its rich geographical relief has created dramatic changes of scenery. High
mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves, huge beaches,
sand dunes with cedar trees growing on them, all existing harmoniously on
this small piece of earth.
one of the few islands, which has been inhabited continiously since ancient
times (end of the 4th millennium B.C.) till today.
It has been possible to gather information about the history of the Aegean
from traces left behind from each historical period, along with unique monuments
which are scattered all over the island.
Naxos has the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a modern tourist resort, but at
the same time has kept its traditional colour and it's local culture.
Hora (the main town) is a harbour and the administrative centre of the island.
It is a modern town, which offers all kinds of facilities. There is a Health
Centre, banks, a very good market place and lots of restaurants, bars and
cafes. It has a lively nightlife, not only during the summer months, like
most islands, but all the year round.
|It's famous beaches on the south western side
of the island, which are made up of kilometers of white golden sand, are
being developed rapidly, but at the same time still maintain some of the
atmosphere of the seventies when they were discovered by the "flower
However for someone to really get to know Naxos, he must visit the inland
areas, the mountain villages, to walk the paths which crisscross the island,
to listen to the violin and the lute at one of the local festivals and to
get drunk on the island's energy.
Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Naxos.
All findings from excavations are kept in the archaeological museum, proof
of the uninterrupted cultural presence in Naxos from pre-historic times
until the end of the ancient times. The museum is housed in the building
of the former Commercial School in the area of the Castle.
Excavations made under Metropolis square have revealed some remains of
the Mycenaean city of Naxos (1600 - 1100 B.C). The place has been landscaped
and it is open to the public.
|"Portara": Naxos' trademark
Portara can be seen from afar as ships approach the island of Naxos, standing
on the northern side of the port. This monument is a gigantic gate, which
remains from a temple that was dedicated to Apollo. It was built during
the 6th century B.C, when Naxos used to be a commercial and cultural centre.
An impressive monument which was built during the long Venetian rule (1204-1537);
it is located on a hill which is the natural acropolis of Hora. A medieval
town in the heart of the Aegean still in its original form, inhabited continuously
since 1207. The external walls of the peripheral houses shape the wall of
the Castle, which has only three entrance gates.
| Outside of Hora
The museums of Apeiranthos
The village Apeiranthos has a museum of archeology, geology and folk art.
In the archeological museum there are pre-historic exhibits that have
been excavated from the southeastern part of the island.
Iria - Dionysus' sanctuary
The Iria sanctuary, situated 10 kilometres south from Hora, at Livadi
area, was the formal sanctuary of the city of Naxos, dedicated to Dionysus.
During the various historical periods some buildings were destroyed and
new ones were built over them. It has been discovered that at the fourth
Iria temple (580-550 BC) was the beginning of classical Greek marble architecture.
The restoration of the site is finished.
Sagri Demeter's temple
It is situated south of the village Sagri, at Gyroulas area. The marble
temple was dedicated to Demeter (the goddess of fertility) and to Apollo
and is one of the best preserved ancient buildings in Greece, dating from
530 B.C. The restoration of the site is finished and there is also a small
At Flerio, near the village of Melanes, there is a half finished male statue,
belonging to the 7th century B.C., 6.4 metres tall, which was found in an
Near the village Apollonas and near to the entrance of an ancient mine,
there is a half finished "Kouros" (male statue) lying on the
ground, which has never been moved from this spot. The statue is 10.45
metres high and is dated at the beginning of the 6th century B.C.
It is an ancient Greek tower, situated on the dirt road, which connects
the village Tripodes to Plaka beach.
This tower is one of the most famous ancient monuments on the island and
is situated towards the northeastern side of the island, about half way
between Zas, Naxos' highest mountain, and the sea. Himarros tower is an
imposing, marble, circular fortress, belonging to the Hellenistic period
(4-3 centuries B.C.).
It was the strongest fortress in Naxos and the administrative centre of
the island during the Byzantine empire, situated on the top of an unapproachable
mountain in the area of Sagri.
Apano Kastro (Upper castle)
It is situated on the top of a mountain in the area of Tragea. Apano Kastro
(Castle) was in use during several historical periods, from ancient times
up to the Venetian rule. There are paths, which lead to the castle from
the villages Tsikalario and Potamia.
The fortified monastery
of Fotodotis (light giver) Christ
It is situated next to the village of Danakos. According to a legend it
was built by a princesse during the byzantine years.
The church of Protothroni
The church of Protothroni Virgin (9th-10th cent.) in the village Halki
is the biggest Byzantine church in Naxos, with important wall paintings.
Mass has been held here since Early Christian times until today.
The church of Drosiani Virgin
The church of Drosiani Virgin near the village of Moni is one of the best-preserved
monuments from the early Christian era in the whole of southeastern Europe.
It was constructed in three stages starting from the early Christian period.
The oldest frescoes are from the 7th century.
The Venetian Towers
They can be found all over the island and they were built during the long
Venetian rule. The Venetian towers were built with Naxian stone, un-plastered
without any covering so that they blended in with the countryside. The
most important Venetian Towers are the Bellonia tower, built a little
way out of the village Galanado, the towers of Gratsia and Markopoliti,
in the area of Tragea, the tower of Fragopoulos, in the village Kourounohori
and the Barotsi tower, in the village Filoti.
The fortified monastery of Virgin Mary (Ipsilotera)
A monastery-tower dedicated to the Virgin Mary built in 1600, situated on
the road, which leads from the village Galini to the coast of Amitis.
In Agia, about 6 klm. from the village Apollonas, in a strategic spot near
to the most northerly point of the island is the Tower of Agia. Not far
from the tower amongst plane trees and running water is the old monastery
of the Holy Virgin with its miraculous icon, which according to tradition,
was found in the sea.
In Naxos there are some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Lets get to know
ENDLESS SANDY BEACHES OF THE SOUTHWEST SIDE
From the bay of St.
George, south of Hora up until the bay of Agiassos, there is one magical
beach after another; St. Prokopis, St. Anna, Plaka, Orkos, Mikri Vigla,
Kastraki, Aliko, Pirgaki and Agiassos. St. Prokopis and St. Anna beaches
are well organized for tourism with shops of every kind. The rest of the
beaches offer facilities for the tourist but they are not so crowded.
(St. George) beach Naxos
This is the popular and busy beach south of Hora and is large and sandy
with crystal, clear sallow water, protected from the wind and ideal for
There are shops of every kind and organized water sports.
Agios Prokopis (St Prokopis) beach Naxos
St. Prokopis beach (4 klm. from Hora) with its wide stretch of sand and
crystal clear sea, like a huge swimming pool, is very popular. There are
many facilities for tourists on the beach and organized sea sports.
Agia Anna (St. Anna) beach Naxos
The beach of Agia Anna (5 klm. from Chora) is a continuation of the beach
of Agios Prokopis. Agia Anna beach offers many facilities for the tourist
and there are organized sea sports. There is a rare kind of cedar tree,
which grows along the beach, which is like the Lebanese cedar and thrives
in hot sand.
Plaka beach Naxos
Further on from the beach at Agia Anna, is Plaka, a sandy beach several
kilometres long. A dirt road separates the beach from some tavernas and
bars, which are spread out along the beach.
Mikri Vigla beach Naxos
The rock of Mikri Vigla (16 klm. from Chora), separates the sandy beaches
of Parthenos and Mikri Vigla. Because of the perfect weather conditions
the beach of Parthenos has become a meeting place for surfers from all over
the world. Mikri Vigla beach with its crystal clear water stretches as far
as the eye can see. There are few tavernas.
Kastraki beach Naxos
Carrying on from Mikri Vigla is Kastraki beach (15 klm.from Hora) with
it's white sand and clear water. In this area there are some ancient remains
and the Tower of Oskelos. There are few tavernas.
Aliko beach Naxos
Aliko is a sandy beach with sand dunes, cedar trees and exotic atmosphere.
It is not a well-known beach and it is quiet. In the area there are few
Pyrgaki beach Naxos
The circular road, which starts from Hora, ends up in the south at Pyrgaki,
a magical sandy beach with cedar trees. There are tavernas.
Agiassos is a sandy isolated beach with sallow clear water. There are
two dirty roads leading to Agiassos. One of them starts just outside Sangri
and the other just before Pyrgaki. There is a taverna next to the sea.
| THE EAST COAST OF NAXOS
eastern side of Naxos there are also magical beaches, far away from the
tourist development and the tourist crowds. Apollonas is the exception.
On the east coach you can find a peaceful place just for you and your company
even the summer months.
Apollonas (54klm from Hora) is a beautiful, green, seaside settlement on
the northeast side of the island, with picturesque tavernas and cafes. There
is a large beach made up of small white marble pebbles and an area of sand.
Just outside the settlement, you will see a half finished "Êouros"
(male statue) lying on the ground, which has never been moved from this
Just outside the village of Koronos there is a road, which leads to the
beach of Lionas (40 klm. from Hora). It is a small quiet, beautiful pebble
beach, perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds. There is
a settlement and few tavernas next to the sea.
Outside Apiranthos there is a road which leads to Moutsouna (39 klm. from
Hora) a beautiful little seaside settlement with picturesque tavernas situated
right on the edge of the beautiful beach. Moutsouna is the port from where
emery was shipped during the period of thriving commercial activity.
From Moutsouna starts a seaside road, which leads south to the wonderful
beach of Psili Ammos. It is a fine sandy beach with sand dunes, cedar trees
and idyllic atmosphere.
On the southern tip of Naxos is the bay of Calados, a magical place sheltered
from the wind, where the land meets the sea. Calados is reachable only by
boat (there is a very rough dirt road, which starts from Filoti and leads
to Calados but we do not recommend it unless you have a suitable vehicle.)
It's necessary to take supplies if you decide to visit the beach.
BEACHES OF THE NORTHWEST SIDE
northwestern coast of Naxos there are some quiet beaches, ideal for swimming,
but exposed to northerly winds.
Ambram beach (25 klm. from Hora) is a wonderful beach for swimming, with
crystal clear water. There is a taverna next to the sea. Close to the
bay is the monastery of Phaneromeni (17th century), with rare icons.
From Galini starts the road, which leads to Amitis, a long sandy quiet beach.
On the road stands a monastery - tower dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
|Ag. Anna The settlement
Up until the seventies Agia Anna was just a small harbour, a shelter for
the fishing boats with a few small fishermen's houses between the churches
of Agia Anna and Agios Nikolas which are situated to the right and the left
of the harbour. From then until now things have changed dramatically and
the small, isolated seaside settlement has become a modern tourist resort
with a wide variety of shops.
are supermarkets, tavernas, day and night time bars and organized sea sports. The area is perfect
for families with young children as most of the village is only for pedestrians.
There are frequent buses connecting Agia Anna with Hora (running every half
an hour from the morning until late in the evening). Agia Anna has fans
from all over the world who return every summer, regarding it as their second
home and every year new fans are added as tourists discover the perfect
The beach at Agia Anna (5klm. from Hora), on the western side of the island,
is a continuation of the beach Agios Prokopis. This huge stretch of sand
is cut into by the attractive fishing harbour of the settlement with the
same name as the beach (Agia Anna). Next to the harbour there is a forest
with rare cedar trees, which thrive in the hot sand and offer shade to the
swimmers. In the summer the sand dunes are covered with small white lilies,
which are known as sand lilies.
on from Agia Anna beach is Plaka beach, which stretches on to Orkos. In
the seventies and eighties it was a favorite beach for hippies and cambers.
Today it's peaceful and relaxing and a good place for sea sports.
The Surrounding Area
The seaside settlement of Agia Anna is the port for the village of Agios
Arsenios. Agios Arsenios (locally known as Agersani) is built on the plain
of "Livadi", 7 kilometres from Hora, and is one of the oldest
and most beautiful villages on Naxos. This area has been inhabited for thousands
of years, a fact proven by the discovery of the ancient temple at Yria (6th
century B.C.) in the "Livadi" (meadow) area, by the ruins of an
ancient Greek tower in the Plaka area (known as the old tower of Plaka)
and also by the right angled granite stones, marble slabs, capitals and
pieces of marble columns which have been found from time to time by farmers
while working in their fields. The area is good for walking and exploration
on foot can be a unique experience. The large plain which starts where the
beach ends is a good place to see some of the local sights, such as a farmer
working in his fields, cows munching on their food, small farmhouses, myrtles,
"ligaries" (very straight trees), daphne bushes and "athanata"
(a cactus) all of which grow along the roadsides.
| It is even possible
that on your wanderings in this area you may suddenly come across one of
it's many chapels. In the area where the plain comes to an end there is
a hill called "katzilieri". Here nature and time have molded the
huge granite rocks into different shapes giving the visitor the feeling
that he is at an open air sculpture exhibition.
people have given different names for the rocks depending on their shapes.
Potatoes crops are a main source of income in the area as well as a cheese
factory where the famous Naxos graviere cheese is produced. Nowadays, because
tourism in the area has grown by such leaps and bounds, many of the locals
are involved with the tourist industry and units of rooms for rent have
sprung up like mushrooms along the beaches and on the plain behind.
Festivals in the area
Once a year, on their festivals days, the churches of each area come to
life and are filled with life and light. After the service is finished the
music starts, the main instruments being the lute and the violin, and the
celebration continues until the early morning. The main festivals are:
- Agios Prokopis
on the 8th of July.
- Agia Anna on the
25th of July.
- Agios Pandelimonas
on the 27th July.
- Agios Ioannis Prodromos
on the 7th January and the 29th of August.