It is commendable how one area of Naxos has been the natural resource of its fine marble through many millennia. That area includes five mountains near Kinidaros village.
The settlement stands at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level, about 15 km from Naxos Town.
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The quarry locations of the unique marble found in the vicinity of Kinidaros are Sanidas (the oldest quarry operating), Zas (not to be confused with Mount or Cave Zas), Bolimbas (the largest quarry visible from the road towards the village), Sriracha, Amelathious, and Skaretzou.
The aforementioned marble quarries lie only 7 km from the ancient quarry in the Flerio area.
Nowadays, Naxian marble is commercially known as Naxos crystallina. Due to its unique nature, it has been highly preferred by sculptors and builders through the ages, used in ancient Greek temples, Protocycladic, and Cycladic sculptures and monuments.
Those pieces are found in their original locations (considering temples) and all around Naxos and the surrounding islands.
The marble of Naxos is highly priced due to its less porous nature, which leads to more durability against erosion and staining. Additional characteristics enhance it, such as its rarity, sparkle, and crystallization, thanks to its 2% quartz and 98% calcite composition that makes it gleam in the light.
How to get there
The marble quarries are located in Kinidaros 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 marble quarries 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 Kinidaros during the day. Line 4 reaches Kinidaros. 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.