One of the most impressive archaeological findings in Naxos are the remainings of the ancient aqueduct that can be traced in various locations on the island.
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 the Chora, and the Naxians started to built water pipes, starting from Flerio, near the village 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.
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Nowadays, parts of the ancient aqueduct have been preserved and restored and can be visited in various locations in Naxos, such as Barou, Kaminia, Trani Fountana, and Kastro, while in Flerio there is an info center where you can learn more regarding 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 book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car 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 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 few buses from Chora to Melanes. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.