Best Hiking Naxos Route from Chalki Village 2020

One of the main reasons we went to the island was hiking Naxos.

Hiking Naxos seemed like a promising experience before getting there.

Reality exceeded our expectations since both hiking and accommodation were excellent.

We made some new friends on the island, and we learned a lot about nature and hiking routes, and how all these binds together to weave different experiences for travelers.

One of the hiking routes we did was starting near ELaiolithos (our accommodation).

The very beginning of the route is a famous church, Panagia Drossiani.

The route would be about 4-5 hours (with some frequent stops for photos).

ELaiolithos manager provided us with GPX files that had the track recorded.

Since it was our first time there and all the routes were through a variety of different landmarks, forests, springs, and hills, this was very helpful to have.

Hiking Naxos from Drossiani back to ELaiolithos

You have read more for Chalki from here. And this post for hiking Apeiranthos.

The village is in the middle of the route and can act as a nice break before seeing the other landmarks of the area.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

The route is a circular one (not returning from the same path), so you will end up to Panagia Drossiani or ELaiolithos (which is a 10 minutes walking distance from Drossiani).

Below is the entrance of the path, which by the way, is very well marked. Smaller routes start from here.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Panagia Drossiani church is a very famous church in the area.

Here we are with a Garmin GPS ready for “battle.”

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hm, where are these people going indeed?

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

The shade is mainly available through this specific route.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

That is the tower of Gratsia, which seems to be an exciting landmark for locals.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

More paths start from inside this village.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

From this point on, a ton of churches makes their presence.

The area is famous for all these churches.

Before these churches, the route goes through the village of Chalki. 

Here is the church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

That is the church of Taxiarches at Monoitsia.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

In this place exactly, it was scorching.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

But fortunately, this one came after and we had a small break.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

Here we are back to Panagia Drossiani.

Drossiani means -in free translation- that what makes you cool. Walking under hot weather for 5 hours, ending up here, was what we needed, indeed.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

And here is the ELaiolithos hotel where we would go to have a shower and get ready for lunch.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Elaiolithos to Panagia Drossiani to Chalki Circular Route

There are even more landmarks along the route, but we have posted enough photos already.

We want to leave many things for you to discover while hiking Naxos.

Have fun!

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