This hiking route ends up in the famous Apeiranthos Naxos village (also known as Apiranthos village or Aperanthos) 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 Naxos.
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.
Ensure 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 Naxos 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.
The Hiking Route Towards Apeiranthos Naxos
It starts inside Moni village of Naxos.
Getting out of Moni village happens through a well-marked set of paths.
At some point you will end up in a valley, just to go uphill.
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.
Here we are figuring out where the correct direction is (despite the GPS).
It was… straight ahead.
Here is another point where you need to pay attention to the curved paths.
You can’t get lost really. Just maybe delay a bit.
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.
Refreshing view, right?
From some point on the paths is like this one below so you can’t miss it at all.
Despite the strong sun, it was a bit windy during that day.
Here is the village of Apeiranthos Naxos.
Before arriving in Apeiranthos you will see that more routes start from there.
Photo shooting inside Apeiranthos, Naxos village.
Following Maria around.
The famous Apeiranthos village main square.
Marble paved streets are everywhere. Very nice refreshments and shade.
More paths are found to start from inside Apeiranthos village.
As you understand there are many hiking routes around Apeiranthos Naxos.
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, Naxos. It is a small museum on the main pedestrian street of the village.
What to See in Apeiranthos Naxos Village
Moreover, you can visit:
- The Folklore Museum of Apeiranthos: See the folk art, tools, and yesteryear things locals used (furniture, tools, utensils, textiles, looms, customs, etc.).
- The Natural History Museum of Apiranthos: 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 of Apiranthos: 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 Naxos.
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.
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.