Best Apeiranthos Naxos Hiking Routes 2020

This hiking route ends up in the famous Apeiranthos village of the Cycladic island of Naxos, Greece.

The route starts inside the beautiful Moni village, continues through forests and streams and majestic hillsides, then you climb a mountain (Fanari mountain) and behind the mountain is the beautiful village of Apeiranthos.

The view, both along the route and from the mountain top is breathtaking and we really mean that.

Apeiranthos was just 15 minutes by car from where we stayed (ELaiolithos retreat), but you have to do this route.

With (many) photo opportunity stops it may take you up to 4-5 hours.

Make sure you get enough water as there are no visible water springs or supplies along the route, despite the luscious green. See this post for hiking in summer.

Start early so as to have enough time to stay and admire the picturesque Apeiranthos village.

Have lunch or snacks, and beverages and then you can easily take another hiking path that leads to Moni village. That last path is no more than 2 hours.

If you stay at ELaiolithos in 5 minutes you will be in your suite. Read about another hiking route we did, plus what to do in Naxos Greece.

The Hiking Route Towards Apeiranthos, Naxos

It starts inside Moni village of Naxos.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones
Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Getting out of Moni village happens through a well-marked set of paths.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

At some point you will end up in a valley, just to go uphill.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

At several points, you need to be careful as marks are not very clear.

Better to have a GPS with GPX files loaded as we did. Helen from ELaiolithos made sure we had them.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Here we are figuring out where the correct direction is (despite the GPS).

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

It was… straight ahead.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones
Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Here is another point where you need to pay attention to the curved paths.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

You can’t get lost really. Just maybe delay a bit.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

As you go up Fanari mountain the view is very rewarding.

Make sure you have water and some snack. It can be really hot. We did that during May and it was pretty hot.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Refreshing view, right?

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

From some point on the paths is like this one below so you can’t miss it at all.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Despite the strong sun, it was a bit windy during that day.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Here is the village of Apeiranthos.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones
Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Before arriving in Apeiranthos you will see that more routes start from there.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Photo shooting inside Apeiranthos village.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Following Maria around.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

The famous Apeiranthos village main square.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

Marble paved streets are everywhere. Very nice refreshments and shade.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones
Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

More paths are found to start from inside Apeiranthos village.

Hiking Naxos Routes: Moni To Apeiranthos via Sifones

As you understand there are many hiking routes around Apeiranthos.

While you are there you can visit the Zevgolis tower. It is a well-preserved tower that belonged to a family of Venetial lords (the family of Somaripa). 

These days the tower is inhabited.

If time permits and you have the strength after all the hiking, then you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Apeiranthos. It is a small museum on the main pedestrian street of the village.

Moreover, you can visit:

The Folklore Museum: See the folk art, tools and yesteryear things locals used (furniture, tools, utensils, textiles, looms, customs, etc.). 

The Natural History Museum: See the skeletons of bottlenose and striped dolphins along with the bones and skull of a sperm whale and other marine creatures. 

The Geological Museum: See the 2000 samples of mineral rocks, ores and paleontological findings from Naxos, and the world, along with a rich collection of marbles from all over Greece. 

Museum of Fine Arts: This museum is housed inside the Cultural Centre of Apeiranthos. 

The whole island of Naxos is full of hiking routes. You could allocate many days exploring them all.

This was another route we liked a lot as we visited so many beautiful locations and ended up in the Apeiranthos village too.

It was a bit late and we wanted to go back to the hotel to catch our flight.

We made a promise to come back to Naxos, which we will keep.

Enjoy.

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