The chapel of Agios Sozon in Naxos Greece, Cyclades: Built upon the steep rock, seemingly hanging a few kilometers away from the bright blue waters of Agiassos bay in the southwest part of Naxos, the whitened chapel of Agios Sozon attracts many visitors as it shines brightly under the sun. The chapel is accessible by foot or by boat.
Traditionally regarded as the protector of sailors, Agios Sozon’s worship is to this day celebrated in island and coastal regions. His name actually translates in Greek as “the one who saves”. The small chapel with the cone-shaped dome is considered to date back to the Byzantine era, having been built as a vow of a merchant, who, during a shipwreck, swore to raise up a church in honor of Agios Sozon in case the grace of the Saint helped him survive the incident. Reportedly, as his merchandise was mainly wine and oil, he placed these ingredients in the foundations of the chapel.
Agios Sozon is accessible by taking the hiking path that begins from the beach of Agiassos, while you can also reach the chapel by boat.
Tours and activities related to Agios Sozon chapel
The island of Naxos is full of surprises and amazing places that you will want to visit during your stay. But there are also some spots that can be seen only by boat that you don`t want to miss. This full-day cruise over the south coastline of Naxos will give you a different perspective on the island and the chance to create lifetime memories. Gather your family and friends, put on the swimsuit and take the camera with you!
The traditional wooden boat will depart from Agia Anna Port in the morning and for the next seven hours, will take you to the most amazing places. It will be a day full of activities and fun. The captain will make some swimming stops at Aliko, Rina and Kalados. Don`t forget your snorkeling gear because these are the perfect places to observe the underwater life. At Aliko you can also admire the sandy beach bordered by the cedar trees while Rina will offer you a unique wild landscape. Here, the image will be completed by the traditional Greek lunch cooked and served on the boat along with unlimited soft drinks, water or house wine. The final stop will be at Pyrgaki Beach and after this the boat will return.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Naxos transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 22850 25835, 0030 22850 24829 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Naxos with as little as 15 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the chapel of Agios Sozon and many other places of interest in Naxos at their own pace.