Naxos Cycling Scenes

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands. This means a biking visit could spend a good week on the island and not exhaust all its destinations reachable on asphalt. Naxos was occupied by the Venetians and still has a medieval neighborhood -- the Bourgos -- in the harbor town of Chora. Miles of sandy beaches on its west coast also contribute to its bewitching persona.
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6th century BC kouros in Apollonas, unfinished in its quarry.  Kouros are a genre of marble statuary of tall young men (over 30 feet) with braids and one step forward.  There are 3 on Naxos island still in their quarry, unfinished.

6th century BC kouros in Apollonas, unfinished in its quarry. Kouros are a genre of marble statuary of tall young men (over 30 feet) with braids and one step forward. There are 3 on Naxos island still in their quarry, unfinished.

Mark and Susan from Washtington stand out in their bike apparel in the car-free and bike-free traditional village of Apiranthos.

Mark and Susan from Washtington stand out in their bike apparel in the car-free and bike-free traditional village of Apiranthos.

Temple of Dimitra.  Brady in orange, our cycling archaeologist offered some insights on this newly renovated archaeology site.

Temple of Dimitra. Brady in orange, our cycling archaeologist offered some insights on this newly renovated archaeology site.

Local guide Brady passes the dormant windmills outside Vivlos.

Local guide Brady passes the dormant windmills outside Vivlos.

Donkeys are still a popular transport among the local men.  Rarely do women ride. This Naxian's expresses puzzlement watching Rob of New York pedaling hard.

Donkeys are still a popular transport among the local men. Rarely do women ride. This Naxian's expresses puzzlement watching Rob of New York pedaling hard.

Not far from Agia Anna beach, in the interior, is a  little explored road with some amazing rock features.  Follow this road in to the interior and it reaches Vivlos.  .

Not far from Agia Anna beach, in the interior, is a little explored road with some amazing rock features. Follow this road in to the interior and it reaches Vivlos. .

Don of New Jersey cycling back from the Apollonas kouros quarry to Chora harbor town.

Don of New Jersey cycling back from the Apollonas kouros quarry to Chora harbor town.

Just outside the Ancient Quarry with a kouros -- the one near Mili -- we come upon a man on a donkey and his wife trailing behind.  In Greek the word for husband and wife is sizigos which translates as "with yolk" like the kind that binds two oxen.

Just outside the Ancient Quarry with a kouros -- the one near Mili -- we come upon a man on a donkey and his wife trailing behind. In Greek the word for husband and wife is sizigos which translates as "with yolk" like the kind that binds two oxen.

We are climbing up 3 km from the road turn-off near Filoti to the refreshing and shady Aria Springs before hiking the path to Za Cave.  .

We are climbing up 3 km from the road turn-off near Filoti to the refreshing and shady Aria Springs before hiking the path to Za Cave. .

Reaching the top of the hill before the town of Mili 1647 feet and then a 5 km descent to Halki at 1000 feet.

Reaching the top of the hill before the town of Mili 1647 feet and then a 5 km descent to Halki at 1000 feet.

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