Sunset Fine Dining Tour
1st stop: Eggares village. Olive press museum
This is a lovely way to start your acquaintance with the island of Naxos.
In the picturesque, farming village of Eggares where water is plentiful and the land is blessed by fertility, olive trees complete the tranquil pastoral scenery. Olive trees are one of the most symbolic trees for the Hellenes (Greeks) and the Hellenic spirit from the beginning of time. Consequently, olive oil was, is and will be the liquid gold for Hellas (Greece). Here, in the Olive Press Museum, you have the chance to witness some of the oldest ways of olive oil extraction and use, till nowadays.
2nd stop: Flerio. The Sanctuary, the ancient marble quarry and the Kouroi.
As you slowly walk in the area of Flerio your senses and feelings overflow by the amazing canvas painted by Nature and History.
In this area, in late 5th century BC people had formed a thriving community by carving the marble of the quarry into the forms of the Kouroi (singular: Kouros), imposing male statues weighing from 5 to 7 tones each, and in early 6th century BC, the equivalent female statues of the same magnitude, the Kores (singular: Kore). These statues were made as offerings to the gods and goddesses of this brilliant era. In this same quarry the famous Colossus of the Naxians, a 9m high Kouros, was carved and shipped to the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delos Island.
3rd stop: Tragea. Chalkion or Chalki village
Now we are at Chalki, the first capital of the island which is located in the heart of Naxos and is surrounded by olive tree groves and citrus fruit tree orchards. Walk around a village of fine neoclassic architecture buildings, and admire Byzantine churches and towers of the 6th to 11th century AD. Visit the “Kitron” Distillery, the oldest organized traditional Distillery on the island and go shopping in the small shops where you can find all the local treasures of the land of Naxos, from local cheese and wine to home-made marmalades and liqueurs made from the fruit of the island.
4th stop: Apiranthos village. Authenticity over the centuries
As you enter the village of Apiranthos you are awed by the view, since the village is located at an altitude of 670m and proudly gazes at the Aegean Sea.
The first historical references of the “Aperathou” village, as the local people call it, date back to 1420 AD. You can see it, you can feel it and you can hear it as you stroll on the marble paved alleys and listen to the unique dialect of the locals. The village hosts 5 museums in which History, tradition, folklore and Geology intertwine as a proof of its authenticity. You will admire impressive architecture of stone built towers and originally imaginative craftsmanship of embroidery from the women of the village when you visit the Woven Products Cooperation exhibition.
Last stop: A delicious Sunset on a cliff**
This Fine Dining restaurant is perched at the edge of a cliff overlooking the mesmerizing Aegean Sea which transforms into a liquid palette of sunset colors as the sun dips into the water.
Enjoy every moment, sipping cocktails and nibbling on tasty appetizers in the garden area. Then, move to the outdoor terrace for dinner and let both, your eyes and your mouth feast on colors and delicious tastes
Romantic or just relaxing, it’s worth the experience!
*Entrance fees to museums and elsewhere are not included in the price.
** Dinner and drinks are not included in the price.