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Naxos: Food Walking Tour & Cooking Class with Meal & Drinks

1. Naxos: Food Walking Tour & Cooking Class with Meal & Drinks

Stroll down the cobblestone alleys of Chora, Naxos main town. In the company of your guide, you’ll make the rounds of the local produce market the way the Naxos people do. Once there, you’ll pick and choose your own local, fresh, seasonal produce, bursting with fragrances, colors, and flavor. You’ll be putting your vegetables to good use during the cooking course that will follow. Your route will also take you to tiny traditional shops, hidden in the alleys of Chora, where you’ll find out all about the traditional products that Naxos is famous for throughout Greece: olives, olive oil, honey, potatoes, fruit, cheeses, and meat from Naxos are sought for and in great demand. At some of the shops you’ll have the chance to sample the actual products. Sampling the amazing local cheeses will simply delight you. You’ll be equally delighted when you sample versions of the signature Naxos liqueur made from citron, a citrus fruit. Our tour will take you down the maze-like alleys of the Chora castle built in the 13th century when Venetian rule started on Naxos and the island was known as the Duchy of Naxos. You will get a glimpse of local life in those times of yore and come to appreciate not only the beauty of Cycladic architecture but its functionality as well. Your walk will end at a small traditional taverna where you’ll meet the talented chef we work with. He’ll ask you to help him with the preparation and, step by step, he’ll show you how to make mouthwatering, traditional appetizers and the renowned Greek salad, all the while paying tribute to the Mediterranean’s flavors and aromas. Next, comes the greatest part of the tour. We’ll all be sitting down to share the dishes you made yourself, along with another Greek traditional dish prepared by our chef. We’ll raise our glasses, toast each other, and enjoy a day spent in enjoying and experiencing. After your meal, we’ll end our tour the Greek way: with a cup of traditional Greek coffee to round off your culinary experience.

Naxos: Inland hike villages - Kouroi statues, Apano Kastro

2. Naxos: Inland hike villages - Kouroi statues, Apano Kastro

For those who wish to get to know Naxos up close and personal, this is the perfect hike. Start your day with a convenient hotel pick-up transfer, to the starting point of your hike. Imagine this: you’re already hiking under the shade of plane trees and citrus groves around you. Suddenly, just a few minutes into your hike, flat on the ground, there’s a kouros, a gigantic statue of a male youth, sculpted in ancient times. A few minutes later, you come upon another one! Why are those statues there and why have they been abandoned? Discover the answers on the spot! Right across from the Kouros statues, you can view the ancient and the modern marble quarries. They whisper the story of Naxos’ age-old relationship with marble. You move on, hiking from village to village, using the old footpaths which, for centuries, have connected the small whitewashed picturesque villages between them. Once you reach Ano Potamia, you’ll stop to refresh yourself at the village’s water fountain. This is where the uphill part of our hike takes you to Apano Kastro and the ruins of a Venetian citadel where the view is simply spectacular: the valley of Tragea sprawling below you; the infinite blue of the Aegean sea blending with the horizon; and the lunar–like landscapes interrupted by the surrounding villages nestled in lush greenery. As you walk downhill, you ’ll first reach the scenic village of Tsikalario and end your hike at Halki, a gem village that boasts remarkable samples of neoclassical architecture. At the end of your hike, you'll visit the local distillery producing Kitron, Naxos’ citrus-based liqueur, to toast life, laughter, new friends, and a day to remember! Your hike ends with a delicious meal at one of the island's best traditional tavernas under the shade of a climbing grapevine. Our transport will transfer you back to your accommodations!

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Awesome experience! Anastasia is a GREAT guide and made the tour interesting & fun!! During the tour, she provided lots of information about the history of Naxos and local traditions & customs. Loved going to the local neighborhood to shop for fresh produce. We made four appetizers that were easy to prepare and delicious! The main course was prepared by the chef and was excellent. Especially appreciated Anastasia emailing pictures and recipes after the tour! Highly recommend this tour if you are visiting Naxos!!

Our guide was very informative, and they took us on more of a journey than we expected. We enjoyed finding everything about the city and the cooking class was so much fun. The pictures were an added bonus as we were transported back in time. It was well worth the money, and we would definitely recommend it, for anyone came to the city of Naxos.

Anastasia was very friendly and accommodating, she took us to multiple interesting (and delicious) local spots, and we got to enjoy the BEST Greek food at an authentic taverna at the end of our walking adventure! She sent several pictures from our activities and the recipes for us to take home with us.

Really enjoyed our tour. Loved the shopping and preparing of food. Learned history of Naxos along with techniques to prepare authentic foods and drink. Highly recommend

Anastasia was a delight. She was a very informative guide and made the whole experience fun and memorable. I would highly recommend taking this food tour.