HIDDEN HILL NAXOS
HIDDEN HILL NAXOS
Hidden Hill is located at the south-west part of the island of Naxos, in the area called Oskelos – Kastraki, 15km on the main street from Naxos town. You can arrive using the local transportation from the port of Naxos, or with your own vehicle following the main street that leads to the villages Glinado, Vivlos, Mikri Vigla and Kastraki.
Kastraki beach is a long approximately 3km sandy beach, still untouched, with turquoise waters. This beach has safe waters and is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and long beach walks. Here you can enjoy one of the most romantic and majestic sunsets on the island with the sun setting behind the mountains of Paros Island.
The area is ideal for relaxing, walking, jogging, mountain biking, yoga, windsurf, kite surf, swimming, snorkeling or just as the base for your daily excursions to the rest of the beautiful places of Naxos. Between Kastraki and the adjacent Glyfada beach is the recently opened Naxos Kite Surf.
Heading more to the south part of the island you can reach a number of remote, unspoiled and stunning beaches like Alyko, Hawaii and Pyrgaki. The unique Cedar Forest at Alyko is an environmentally protected area with marvelous sand dunes that spread all over the area and create an exotic landscape!
At Kastraki there are three suggested restaurants that offer absolutely delicious greek and Naxian dishes.
Faros tou Alykou Restaurant is ideally located on the edge of the Cedar forest of Alyko and very close to the beach of Alyko. It is run for years from a local family that brings hospitality, friendliness and quality to a higher level!
- Naxos Town: 15km
- Airport: 14km
- Beach: 2km
- Port: 15km
- Nearest village Vivlos: 8km
- Hospital: 15km
- Nearest pharmacy: 8km
- Nearest bus stop: 1km
- Nearest mini market: 1km
ABOUT NAXOS ISLAND
Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades and one of the most beautiful in Greece. It’s surface is 448 km2, coast length 148 km and it is 103 miles away from Piraeus and 87 miles from Rafina, which is also connected with Naxos.
West of Naxos is Paros, east is Donousa, south is Schoinousa, Irakleia, Keros and Koufonisia, north is Mykonos and Dilos. The landscape presents many alternations: valleys alternate the mountains with their green combs, which extends until the beautiful beaches.
The highest mountain is Zeus. Its height is 1004 meters and it is the highest of Cyclades. The west coast of Naxos has a lot of capes, bays and small gulfs with sand: Naxos bay, Agios Prokopios cape, Parthenos cape, Alyko cape, Agiasos bay. The east coast is smoother. In the middle of the east coast, against Donousa, is the Moutsouna bay.
The climate of Naxos is dry, with mild winters and cool summers, because of “meltemi”, the yearly north wind that blows in Cyclades. The average temperature ranges from 14 to 16 °C in winter and from 27 to 30 °C in summer.
Owing to its amazing natural features, significant historical sites and hospitable residents, Naxos has developed into one of Greece’s premier holiday destinations.
Most of what we know about the early history of Naxos is linked to Greek mythology. Zeus, the father of the Ancient Greek gods, was born in Crete but grew up in Naxos and gave his name, Zas, to the highest mountain on the island.
It is said that the first inhabitants of Naxos were the Careans from Thrace, who worshipped Dionysus, the son of Zeus and god of wine and pleasure. Dionysus took up with Ariadne, the pre-Hellenic goddess of fertility, who was abandoned on the island by Theseus. The union of Ariadne and Dionysus endowed the island with fruitful grapevines and fertile soil. To honor this great gift, the inhabitants hold the “Dionysia” cultural festival every year. During ancient times, Naxos was a major commercial, cultural and artistic center of many different civilizations. From the Careans, it passed to the Cretans and then to the Mycenaeans, each culture leaving its mark on the island.
During the Persian Wars, Naxos was a great supporter of the Athenian Alliance and became the first island to come under Athenian Rule. Naxos was later a part of the Empire of Alexander the Great, and subsequently part of the Roma and Byzantine Empires. Like many other Cycladic Islands, Naxos was a victim of pirate raids, which eventually drove those who lived in the coastal areas of the island to the inland regions.
In 1207, the island was occupied by the Venetian Duke Marco Sanudo. During this era, many impressive Venetian castles and towers were built. From the mid 14th century till the Greek Revolution and Independence in the early 19th century, Naxos belonged to the Ottoman Empire. It was finally liberated and became a part of the New Greek Republic in 1830.
SIGHTS TO VISIT
Alyko Forest Graffiti / Off the beaten track
Alyko forest is known for its impeccable bunch of lush cedar trees that stretch along acres upon acres of the land. The kind of groomed natural setting one gets to see here is quite unique and beautiful, making it one of the most loved destinations on the island, especially for nature lovers.
Recently, the abandoned hotel resort that lays inside the forest from the 1970s, hosts street exhibition art by Wild Drawings and other street artists from several places around the globe. A very interesting combination, worth spending at least half a day.