Naxos Melanes Village


Melanes Naxos: Melanes is one of the oldest villages in Naxos, located 8 km south east from Chora. The village got its name by the dark color of the soil and the surrounding nature is full of olive groves and fruit trees, creating a magnificent scenery.

Melanes is a mountainous village built at an altitude of 63 meters, with a population of about 500 permanent inhabitants. The main occupation of the locals is cattle-breeding and agriculture. Around Melanes, there are many Medieval towers here and there. These towers were used as homes or summer houses by the noblemen in the Medieval times.

A walking distance from Melanes, in the location Flerio, there is a statue of Kouros. This is an oversized statue of 6,4m height, lying in the ground among the olive trees. This statue was left at the exact location where it was found and archaeologists believe that it represents either a mortal man or god Dionysus. There is another statue of its kind near the village of Apollonas. For some reasons, these statues were left unfinished in the ancient times.

Melanes is a frequent destination for hiking. Many hiking trails start from Chora and leads to the reion of Melanes, passing through nice valleys, small settlements and ancient sites.

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