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Naxos: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting Inland Methexis

1. Naxos: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting Inland Methexis

Join us to explore the meaning of the ancient word Methexis, which involves mental uplift, inner contact and outer communication. An uplifting journey full of scents, myths and beautiful surroundings. Our adventure commences as we set off from Naxos town, embarking on a 40-minute ride to the magnificent valley of Halki and Halki village, celebrated for its artistic architecture and lively ambiance. We'll make a delightful pit stop at the citron distillery for a tasting experience and insights into the art of distillation. Then, in the heart of the island's serene countryside, we'll embark on a brief 10-minute hike to encounter one of Naxos' most significant Byzantine treasures, where the atmosphere is nothing short of ethereal. This sacred site invites you to immerse yourself in the island's profound spirituality * Visiting the inside of the temple is available from June to end of September. Our exploration of Halki village's picturesque alleyways continues, and we wrap up this part of the journey with a traditional treat at one of the charming local cafes. Anticipation builds as we head back, for the true gem awaits – a visit to a local winery in Glinado village, where we'll explore the art of winemaking and savor exquisite Naxian wine and finger-food pairings. This enchanting vineyard tour is complete with a passionate host brimming with warmth and knowledge. Throughout this captivating tour, the fragrant notes of thyme and oregano will waft through the air, surrounding you as we traverse Naxos' natural beauty on our way back.

Naxos: e-Mountain Biking and Hiking adventure

2. Naxos: e-Mountain Biking and Hiking adventure

Just in a few hours you can discover with our off the beaten trail certified guide all the hidden gems and get to experience these parts of Naxos as a local. The day begins from your accommodation where the van will pick you up and lead to you to our e-mountain bike station. We begin our adventure through the rural area of Paratrehos and soon enough we ride uphill Koskinas mountain. We follow the dirt trail over the green valley of Potamia that leads to agios Mamas (Theoskepasti). A Byzantine church dating from mid 10th century and considered to be the oldest church on Naxos. After a short pause we head straight deep into the lush valley of Potamia villages. We’ll bike through their picturesque alleys and start hiking through the unique ”tropical” scenery next to the creek that leads to Koko’s tower. A fantastic venetian structure of the 17th century, with a spooky story behind it, that’s been built within verdant surroundings. We continue biking on the cobblestone streets of Ano (upper) Potamia and head to the uphill dirt trail that leads to Apano Kastro (upper castle). A challenging, rocky trail for approx. 1km. Continue on foot and we begin an easy scrambling to the top of the hill in order to explore the castle. The ruins remind us the reasons why this castle was considered to be the strongest castle of Naxos in the middle ages when the pirates used to raid the island! Snack and hydration break while enjoying an impressive 360° on the altitude of 420m. From the castle, one can literally see half of Naxos . Pick up our bikes again and head up to the north to another ”must see” attraction! The imposing Jesuit palace (17th century) that is located between the settlements of Melanes and Potamia, a deserted building of unique architecture! We take the way back through the villages of Melanes and Agios Thaleleos while having the oportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of Naxos town. Distance: 32km/19.88miles Difficulty: moderate Duration: 4-5h Max alt.: 420m/1378ft

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What people are saying about Agios Mamas, Naxos

We had suck an amazing time! Emmanuel (owner of the e-bike company) was so kind and helpful with learning how to use the bikes! The winery we went to has some of the best wine I have ever tasted. The winery owner/winemaker was so knowledgeable and passionate about his wine which made the experience that much better! Also if you short like me (5’3”) take the bigger bikes you will get more confident once outside of the town! Would recommend this tour to anyone!!

We had such an enjoyable afternoon with Manos. The tour of the countryside on the very comfortable e-bikes was a perfect way to explore. The amazing dessert and Greek coffee was a treat in Hakli! And the wine and snacks at the winery made for a perfect day. Highly suggest this tour.

Amazing . Best thing we did in Greece. Enjoyed wind in your hair, sites, smells, sounds of country side. Fabulous tour guide Monos . Loved the sweet small village we visited and the amazing wine tour. Can’t recommend this tour enough.