In the northern part of the island and at a distance of about 40km from the port of Naxos it is located the village of Koronida or Komiaki, as it is called by the locals. It is one of the main emery villages of Naxos but nowadays its residents mainly deal with agriculture and livestock farming. The village is built at an altitude of 650 metres on the slope of “Koronos” mountain.
Its luxuriant vegetation is due to the abundant water that flows from the springs offering to Komiaki a great deal of crops despite its position. Its white houses create a sharp but very pleasant contrast with the green setting all around while the steep rocks compose a wild but still attractive landscape.
The visitor should definitely see the ancient Mycenaean arched grave, there are signs to lead you there, as well as the old byzantine churches of Agia Marina (1600 B.C.) and Agios Georgios (1416 B.C) with its exquisite mural paintings. Of course, the village is an attraction by itself thanks to its narrow streets, traditional shelters, whitewashed walkways paved with flagstones, courtyards full of flowers that all together compose a unique traditional setting. Your walk will lead you to small traditional cafιs where raki and local snacks are served. Besides, the village is famous for its wine, cheese and meat which are some of the basic local products of Naxos. Of course, batoudo, a local specialty, should be on the top of your gastronomic list. Discussing with its friendly and hospitable residents you will get in touch with the original local way of life and you might be witness to a musical and dancing event since the island is well-known for its tradition in music and dancing.
For fans of hiking it is worth following the footpath that leads to Skeponi, an area full of rich flora and a tower standing out over the hill. It was probably used once as a watch tower for pirates.
Your visit to Komiaki will bring you back to another age, deeply traditional and still untouched from modern civilization that generously offers you its affection and authenticity.
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