Greentraveller's Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades
Greentraveller and the Greek National Tourism Organisation Board (GNTO UK & Ireland) have published an online guide and video to Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Greece, a small archipelago in the Aegean that includes Naxos and the four smaller Cycladic islands of Iraklia, Schinoussa, Donousa and Koufonisi.
Greentraveller’s Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades features over 50 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to do on the islands. Greentraveller's film production unit has also produced a short online video about the range of local experiences on the islands:
Written and researched by Florence Fortnam, the guide includes some of the best places to stay in Naxos and the Small Cyclades, from old stone houses tucked away in whitewashed villages and contemporary glass structures overlooking Naxos Town, to beachside studios and bougainvillea-draped villas decked out in a traditional palette of white and blue.
Florence writes: "Here is classic Greece. In the tranquil interiors, you'll hear the tinkering of goat bells and marvel at beautifully kept white-washed churches. You can expect generous hospitality in the locally run guesthouses and restaurants, and there are activities for everyone, from kite-surfing, sea-kayaking and windsurfing to climbing, mountain biking and guided walking tours."
The guide features some of the best spots to find local seasonal food in Naxos and the Small Cyclades, including dishes such as cuttlefish flavoured with oregano, crispy pies stuffed with vlita (wild greens), and patatato – wild goat stew. There's thyme honey (a speciality of Iraklia), throumpa olives, a whole host of soft, velvety cheeses, and citron liqueur. Make sure you try Schinousa's local fava – yellow split peas – and Koufonisi's xerotigana – delicious fried dough strips dipped in honey and sprinkled in walnuts and cinnamon.
The Guide also encourages readers to explore the ancient heritage and local attractions in Naxos and the Small Cyclades of the islands, from the magnificent Portara standing tall at the entrance to Naxos Town – the emblem of Naxos and the region's most visited site – to Naxos' very own mini Acropolis, the Temple of Demeter.
Also included in the Guide are tips on where to find the best outdoor adventure activities in Naxos and the Small Cyclades, from kite-surfing, sea-kayaking and windsurfing to climbing, mountain biking and guided tours.
Christina Kalogera, Director GNTO UK & Ireland, says: “When travellers come to choose their holiday they know that Greece has everything they are looking for. It is a safe destination, with great weather, amazing landscapes, warm hospitality and a fascinating history and culture.
“Naxos and the Small Cyclades is the perfect example of that. With so many undiscovered and commanding treasures waiting to be discovered, these beautiful islands are sure to captivate the most discerning of travellers whether interested in nature, hiking and trekking, cycling, sea sports and snorkelling, history and local festivals, arts and crafts or just simply good food and wine!
“Greentraveller’s Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase yet another amazing Greek destination.”
Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of greentraveller.co.uk, says: “Our team has been charmed by Naxos and the Small Cyclades. These islands have it all: ancient monuments, tranquil fishing villages, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and fresh local food.
"We hope this Greentraveller’s Guide to the islands of Naxos and Small Cyclades help visitors make the most of their time in this glorious part of Greece, in a way that brings local economic benefits while conserving the beauty of these very special islands.
"This Guide is the latest of our online destination guides that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch."
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