Filoti

At a distance of 17km far from Chora the biggest village of Naxos is located, built between two verdant mountainsides. It is about the village with the greatest development after Chora and it has more than 2000 permanent residents. It is fully organized with administrative services, banks, post office, schools and public colleges of third degree education making it a real pole of attraction of the island.

Its residents mainly deal with livestock farming and some other activities such as building industry and tourism. The village is famous for its meat thanks to its animals’ free grazing way of breeding; having a lunch in one of its restaurants will definitely convince you for it. Filoti is full of life; young children run all over the streets while the locals are gathered together, particularly during summer, in the main square under the perennial plane tree that generously offers its shade. Sit down with them in any of the traditional cafιs and begin a conversation so as to get to know better their customs and culture. Local people, who are so proud of their birthplace and really hospitable as well, are always willing to give you any information you need.

Walk on its whitewashed narrow streets and admire the old mansions and the beautiful local houses with their yards in blossom, as well. There are a lot of attractions to see. Visit the church of Panagia Filotitissa (“Virgin Mary Filotitissa”), the Barotzis Tower, the windmill of Paspalitis, the byzantine churches of Panagia of Arion and Panagia of Archatos as well as the church of Agios Efstathios. On the main road you will meet the place where the extraordinary Collection of Greek Coins of Mr. Nickos Moustakis is displayed.
 
Leaving the village it is worth seeing the panoramic view offered from a wide flat part of the road in the direction of Apeiranthos. Shortly before getting there, on your right hand you will find a sign that will lead you to the famous Spring of Arion with its naturally flowing waters and the plane trees all over composing a beautiful setting. At this point starts a footpath that leads to the cave of Zas and ends up to the peak of the highest mountain of Cyclades that owes its name to the god Jupiter, who according to the tradition was born in Crete and then grew up on Zas Mountain of Naxos.
 
In the middle of August the visitor will have the chance to attend one of the biggest music and dancing festivals of the island and paint the town red dancing and drinking plenty of wine along with tasting the local specialties. Moreover, there are several cultural events that take place into the village which are worth your attention.
At a distance of 17km far from Chora the biggest village of Naxos is located, built between two verdant mountainsides. It is about the village with the greatest development after Chora and it has more than 2000 permanent residents. It is fully organized with administrative services, banks, post office, schools and public colleges of third degree education making it a real pole of attraction of the island.

Its residents mainly deal with livestock farming and some other activities such as building industry and tourism. The village is famous for its meat thanks to its animals’ free grazing way of breeding; having a lunch in one of its restaurants will definitely convince you for it. Filoti is full of life; young children run all over the streets while the locals are gathered together, particularly during summer, in the main square under the perennial plane tree that generously offers its shade. Sit down with them in any of the traditional cafιs and begin a conversation so as to get to know better their customs and culture. Local people, who are so proud of their birthplace and really hospitable as well, are always willing to give you any information you need.

Walk on its whitewashed narrow streets and admire the old mansions and the beautiful local houses with their yards in blossom, as well. There are a lot of attractions to see. Visit the church of Panagia Filotitissa (“Virgin Mary Filotitissa”), the Barotzis Tower, the windmill of Paspalitis, the byzantine churches of Panagia of Arion and Panagia of Archatos as well as the church of Agios Efstathios. On the main road you will meet the place where the extraordinary Collection of Greek Coins of Mr. Nickos Moustakis is displayed.
 
Leaving the village it is worth seeing the panoramic view offered from a wide flat part of the road in the direction of Apeiranthos. Shortly before getting there, on your right hand you will find a sign that will lead you to the famous Spring of Arion with its naturally flowing waters and the plane trees all over composing a beautiful setting. At this point starts a footpath that leads to the cave of Zas and ends up to the peak of the highest mountain of Cyclades that owes its name to the god Jupiter, who according to the tradition was born in Crete and then grew up on Zas Mountain of Naxos.
 
In the middle of August the visitor will have the chance to attend one of the biggest music and dancing festivals of the island and paint the town red dancing and drinking plenty of wine along with tasting the local specialties. Moreover, there are several cultural events that take place into the village which are worth your attention.
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