An introduction to the island of Naxos would not be complete if we did not go back to the island's interesting mythical history. If you were asked how you imagined the place where Zeus, the father of the 12 ancient Greek gods, was raised, chances are your reply would include the following: fertile, imposing, exuding primeval majesty. If you were asked what you imagined to be the dominant features on the island where. Dionysus, the god of merriment, was born and raised, you would probably include fun, song and dance.
If, finally, you were asked how you imagined the scene of the wedding of Dionysus and princess Ariadne, you would probably respond, “Enchanting, almost magical…”.
This is Naxos.
A big island in the heart of the Aegean Sea and its sea routes, with imposing mountain massifs and fertile valleys, inhabited by cheerful people with a tradition in music and dance, and full of beauty that enchants visitors. With its long history, important monuments and intense tourist life, it occupies a distinct place among the Cycladic islands. No matter how many days you stay on Naxos, there will always surely be more hidden niches to discover, beaches you haven’t seen, towers and forts you did not have time to visit, ancient temples whose secrets remain a mystery.
Naxos, the largest of the Cycladic islands, is a unique travel destination because it incorporates the communities of four additional smaller isles – Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia and Donoussa -- that belong to the Municipality of Naxos and Small Cyclades, hence the term “Naxos and the Small Cyclades. Five Islands. One Destination.”
►TIP: Naxos, in itself, is a destination that could take weeks to explore, while the smaller isles – Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia and Donoussa -- offer a more condensed holiday experience. Variety, choice and the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: that of a larger island with access to the more remote.
The main taxi stand on Naxos is located just outside the island's main port, next to the Naxos main Bus Terminal (K.T.E.L.). Taxis on Naxos are also avaialble upon landing at Naxos Airport and upon arrival at Naxos Port.
►Radiotaxi Naxos tel.: +30 22850 22444
BUS & K.T.E.L
The bus schedule is available online at www.naxosdestinations.com, but it is recommended to call and/or pass by to pick up the latest schedule for the most up to date information.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at the ticket office.
On Naxos, the KTEL (or local bus network) headquarters is located just a few metres from the main port. There visitors may pick up a copy of the daily and weekend scheduled timetable of service to several destinations within Naxos.
Destinations and frequency, depends on the time of year of travel. In the summer months, for example, destinations served include: Apollonas, Komiaki, Abraam, Eggares-Galini, Korono, Moutsouna, Panermos, Apirantho, Filoti, Mikri Vigla, Kastraki, Pyrgaki, Agiassos, Chalki, Damarionas, Damalas, Sangri, Galanado, Melanes (Kouros), Kynidaros, Aggidia, Glinado, Tripodes, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, Potamia, Moni, Keramoti, Danako and Mesi.
In addition, in the peak season, the KTEL provides a bus tour around the island. The coach buses, or pullman as they are called, depart (for the various destinations) from Chora across the street from the KTEL ticket office, on the left, just before entering the port.
NAXOS HEALTH CENTERS
Health Center of Chora (Town)
tel: +30 22853 60500 fax: +30 22850 23867 email: email@example.com
Apiranthos: tel. +30 22850 61206
Chalki: tel. +30 22850 31206
Filoti: tel. +30 22850 31404
Komiaki: tel. +30 22850 52213
Koronos: tel. +30 22850 51280
Melanes: tel. +30 22850 62372
Vivlos: tel. +30 22850 41221
Municipality of Naxos and Small Cyclades
tel. +30 22853 60100 fax: +30 22850 23570
email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Police Station of Chora (Town) tel. +30 22850 22100, +30 22850 23280, +30 22850 23801
fax: +30 22850 22100
Police Station of Filoti: tel. +30 22850 31224 fax: +30 22850 32222
Port Authority: tel. +30 22850 22300 fax: +30 22850 24549
Fire Department: tel. +30 22850 3219 fax: +30 22850 32899
Naxos Airport: tel. +30 22850 23292 fax: +30 22850 24816
Bus Terminal (KTEL): tel. +30 22850 22291 fax: +30 22850 22999
Post Office: tel. +30 22850 61206 fax: +30 22850 23299