Besides Apollonas and Melanes, the locals discovered yet another impressive Kouros in a lying position within a field in the Flerio area (also near Melanes village, in a walking distance from the other Kouros), and archeologist research shows that this statue dates back to 570 BC.
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Its height is one of the most impressive features, reaching almost 6 meters, while one of the legs is broken. The statue is assumed to be a special order from a wealthy family and has been left unfinished as it is the case with other ones, with experts suggesting that it was probably damaged during the creation process and thus was abandoned in the mountainous region. The technique used is characteristic of the Naxian sculptors and the statue was named “Ellinas” (Greek) as it was considered to embody the virtues of the race and the ideal physical and personality traits a young male should have.
How to get there
The Melanes Kouros of Flerio is located in Melanes village.
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 Melanes Kouros of Flerio and many other places of interest in Naxos 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 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.