Landscape around Mesi in the northern part of Naxos near Apollonas
After the village of Apeiranthos, the road from Chora forks left towards the north of the island, passing through Koronas, which is a village built in amphitheatrical fashion on the foothills of the mountain from which it takes its name. Turning left after Koronas after 7 km you’ll find Koronida (or Komiaki, at 700 metres above sea level making it the highest village on the island). Within a small distance from the village (10 minutes on foot) there has been found a rare, for the island, Mycenaean domed tomb, which you may visit (there is an inscription on the main road). The surrounding area of Komiaki (Koronida) has an abundant supply of water, rich vegetation and orchards with fruit trees and vegetables. This is a very green area, and along the road from Komiaki to Apollonas there are walnut trees, oak trees, laurels and orchards.The village of Koronas hidden in the mountains of Naxos near the mountain of Koronos, which is the second tallest mountain of the island with its peak at 997 metres.
Turning left at the crossroads you will pass through the village Mesi before reaching Apollonas. Finally you will, both ways, end up at the little seaside village of Apollonas, situated on a sandy bay to the north-east of Chora at a distance of 54 km.
It is a beautiful fishermen’s village, with a large sand and pebble beach, in an area where ancient marble quarries have been found. Near the village, at the entrance to an ancient quarry, there is an unfinished statue (a kouros) lying on the ground (10.45 m. in length). It lies in the spot where it was being carved, from where it has never been moved. It dates back to the beginning of the 6th century BC and is probably a sculpture of the god Dionysus.
From Apollonas you can return to Chora by the coastal road, which is the quickest route, travelling along the north-western shores of the island. On your way you’ll pass by the monastery of Agia (6 km from Apollonas) built at the height of 220 m. There is a spring in the courtyard of the monastery and around it enormous plane trees. About 150 metres above the monastery is the Agia tower (17th century), which was destroyed recently by a fire. The tower is visible from the road.
Continuing in a southerly direction, a turning leads to Abram bay, with clean sand and warm water. There is a small settlement here and a taverna. Carrying on, the road moves away from the sea shore and turns inland going through the villages of Engares and Galini, built in a valley with fruit trees and orchards. In this area two reservoirs have been created.
On the road which connects Galini to the beach at Amitis, there is the fortified monastery of Tower Ipsilis which was founded in 1600 and was used by the farmers as a shelter during the time of the battles against the Franks. Amitis has a large white sandy beach, but there are strong currents in the sea, so swimmers should be careful.
Activities in Apollonas
The Naxos Diving Center was founded in November 2005 and was the first diving centre on the island. It first operated as a recreational diving centre until January 2010. Since then it has become a private diving base. Scuba diving courses are now being offered in co-operation with X-ta Sea Divers in Naoussa, Paros.
Contact: Manolis Bardanis
Apeiranthos, Naxos, Greece 84302
Tel: +30 69723 74333
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