One of the most impressive archaeological findings in Naxos is the ancient aqueduct, parts of which can be spotted in various locations on the island.
The tunnel is around 220m long, with its height ranging between 1.40m and 1.60m in different sections.
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Relevant research shed light on the origins of the constructions and placed the aqueduct’s creation in the Archaic period, during the reign of the tyrant Lygdamis.
At that time, lack of water was a major issue for the residents of Chora, so the Naxians started to build water pipes, starting from Flerio, near the village of Melanes.
The constructions continued during the Roman period and more elevated techniques were used, showcasing the virtuosity of the workers, especially considering that parts of the pipes were in a tunnel that had to be dug to connect mountainous regions.
Nowadays, parts of the ancient aqueduct have been preserved and restored and can be visited in various locations in Naxos - namely Barou, Kaminis, Katsopirno, Leftera, Emazos, Perdikia, Faragas, Agios Thaleleos, Agios Isidoros, Agios Stefanos, Trani Fountana, and Kastro. Barou is the entry point of the tunnel, while Kaminia is the exit point. In Flerio lies an info center where you can learn more about the aqueduct's history.
How to get there
The Ancient Aqueduct is located in Melanes village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked 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 booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the ancient aqueduct and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the port of Naxos. There are buses from Chora to Melanes during the day. Line 4 reaches Melanes. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.