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.

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.

The car-free and bike-free village of Apiranthos has traditional artisans like this ceramics store.

The car-free and bike-free village of Apiranthos has traditional artisans like this ceramics store.

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.

Local guide Brady passes the dormant windmills outside Vivlos.

Local guide Brady passes the dormant windmills outside Vivlos.

On our guided and self-guided tours, the route passes this striking white marble quarry near Kinidaros.

On our guided and self-guided tours, the route passes this striking white marble quarry near Kinidaros.

Peter from North Carolina, 85 years old and still pedaling strong, heads towards Chora on the flat sea coast road near the airport.

Peter from North Carolina, 85 years old and still pedaling strong, heads towards Chora on the flat sea coast road near the airport.

Dave of Minneapolis is headed towards the adorable little village of Halki.

Dave of Minneapolis is headed towards the adorable little village of Halki.

We take a short cut through the tiny village of Sagri en route to the Temple of Dimitra.

We take a short cut through the tiny village of Sagri en route to the Temple of Dimitra.

Driver Foti examines Mark and Susan's tandem in the port parking lot.

Driver Foti examines Mark and Susan's tandem in the port parking lot.

Colleen in front of the unfinished Apollo temple known as Portara.  It is a signature landmark of Naxos located on the tiny spit of land known as Palatia.

Colleen in front of the unfinished Apollo temple known as Portara. It is a signature landmark of Naxos located on the tiny spit of land known as Palatia.

Up high in the moutains heading towards an Eco gas station.

Up high in the moutains heading towards an Eco gas station.

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.

Martha of North Carolina in Halki.  At 78, the second oldest cyclist on our October 2013 tour after her husband Peter, 83 years old.  They are also marathoners and Quakers!  Awesome elders!

Martha of North Carolina in Halki. At the second oldest cyclist on our October 2013 tour after her husband Peter, 83 years old. They are also marathoners and Quakers!

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