Naxos Drillis Watermill

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Location: Potamia

Information about the Drillis Watermill of Potamia in Naxos, Cyclades: In a lovely location, between Mesi and Ano Potamia, is the traditional watermill of Giannis Drillis.
As in the past, this watermill belonged to Stylianos Grillakis, it is also known as the Gryllakis Watermill.

The surrounding region is a truly relaxing spot, with lush greenery and water streams.
In fact, this stone watermill was constructed on the banks of the river and is estimated about 250-300 years old.

In the past, the women of Potamia and other close villages would come to this place to wash their clothes and take the ground flour from the mill.
Such mills are found very frequently around the island, as water is abundant in Naxos, in contrast to other Cyclades islands which usually lacked water.
The miller used to also reside in the mill.

Today this watermill has been restored by its owner, Mr. Giannis Drillis, who also  explains exactly how mills would work, if you find him around.

If you visit the area, you can combine it with food at the restaurant "Pigi", a walk to the castle of "Epano Kastro" or you can follow the path by the river and reach the village of Kaoto Potamia. On your way, you can get some refreshments at "Basilikos Restaurant" or at the little market of Kato Potamia village.

How to get there

Drillis Watermill is located in Potamia 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 Drillis Watermill 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 Potamia during the day. 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.

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Reviews of Drillis Watermill

1 Reviews
  • George 10 Jun 2022
    Amazing place
    An amazing place with a river and so many trees! This is exceptional in a Cycladic island and a contrast to the rest of the area. A very relaxing place that reminded me of Tuscani.