Travel to Apeiranthos in Naxos

Landscape around Mesi in the northern part of Naxos near Apollonas
Drymalia is since 2011 part of the municipality Naxos and Lesser Cyclades, of which it is a municipal unit. With a land area of 302.828 km² (116.92 sq mi), it comprises about 70 percent of the Naxos, in the eastern, northern, and southern parts. Its population is around 6000. The seat of the municipality was in Chalkeio (pop. 408), located at the center of the island. The largest town is Filoti, with a population of 1,702 inhabitants. Other large towns are Apeiranthos, Koronos, Damarionas, and Koronis. The municipal unit shares the island with that of Naxos (city), which comprises about 30 percent of the island, at its western end.

Panoramic view of Apiranthos from the East, Naxos inland, Cyclades

View of Apeiranthos village

Apeiranthos is a mountainous village on the island of Naxos. It is located 28 km north-east of Chora, the capital of the island, built on the foothill of mountain Fanari, at an altitude between 550 and 650 m. IThe village has a very rich history and folkloric tradition. The similarities of the local dialect and traditions to the mountainous Crete villages has led some historians to the conclusion that Apeiranthos was built by Cretans during the 10th century. The first historical evidence regarding the existence of the village goes back to 1420, on a reference by the Italian traveler Cristoforo Buondelmonti on his book Liber insularum archipelagi (The Book of the Islands of the Archipelago).

Caretta caretta. Apeiranthos Natural History MuseumPhyseter macrocephalus. Apeiranthos Natural History MuseumTursiops truncatus. Apeiranthos Natural History MuseumExhibits in the Museum of Natural History, Apeiranthos, Naxos inland

Today, the village has four museums: the Archaeological Museum of Apeiranthos, which contains relics found on the east coast of the island, including pots, statuettes and plaques showing scenes from everyday life. The Museum of Folk Art, the Geological Museum, and the Museum of Natural History. With a population of around 1,000 the village is one of the biggest on the island; it is considered by many visitors the most beautiful and picturesque of the entire island.

Alley in the village of Apeiranthos, Naxos inland, CycladesMarble statue at a small square, honouring Motherhood, Apeiranthos village, Naxos inlandThe greatest part of the village consist of steep marble steps, Apeiranthos, Naxos inlandThe town is famed for its wine and its woven goods, as well as for the so-called “kotsakia”, rhymes which the local people still display a special talent in composing to mark important occasions in village life or any personal joys and sorrows.

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