Naxos: Drymalia region and its villages – Apeiranthos

Apeiranthos, NaxosThe picturesque village of Apeiranthos

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, NaxosAlley in Apeiranthos village, NaxosCafé in Apeiranthos village, Naxos

Above: Different views of Apeiranthos village – July 2012
 

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.

Accommodation

Tigani Beach, Moutsouna, Drymalia region, NaxosOstria Inn, Moutsouna, NaxosOstria Inn2, Moutsouna, Naxos

Ostria Hotel is situated next to the Beach of Moutsouna, a beautiful little seaside village on the eastern coast of Naxos. Is is surrounded by a nice acre green orchard and is a paradise for families and for those who want to enjoy a holiday far away from the crowds.

Ostria Hotel
Studios, Suites & Apartments
Tigani Beach, Moutsouna 84300, Naxos, Greece
Tel: +30 22850 68235,  +30 210 2023464
Mobile: +30 6986 70 50 79 Winter Tel: +30 22850 23823
Email: info@ostria.com
Hotel website

Photos of Coralli Beach Apartments, Mikri Vigla
This photo of Mikri Vigla beach is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Coralli Beach Apartments
Mikri Vigla, 84300 Naxos, Greece
Season Tel: +30 22850 75229
Off Season Tel: +30 210 959 8865
Mobile: +30 69729 53248
Email: info@coralli-naxos.gr
Hotel website

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