Naxos Hiking on Mount Zas

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Location: Danakos

Hiking on Mount Zas in Naxos, Cyclades: Mount Zas is the tallest mountain of Naxos island and also the tallest mountain of the Cyclades.
Located 18 km from Naxos Town, it is strongly connected to the history and geography of the island.
According to mythology, this mountain was the place were god Zeus, the chief of the Olympian Gods, grew up, haunted by his own father Kronus.

In fact, the mountain was named after him (Zas).
His son, god Dionysus, also grew up on the slopes on this mountain, in a cave called Cave of Zas.

At an altitude of about 1,000 m (1,001-1,004 m), the peak of Mount Zas is a popular hiking destination in Naxos.
Taking a hiking path that starts from Danakos village, on the southeastern side of the island, hikers will pass the small chapel of Saint Marina, the Cave of Zas and an ancient marble inscription that is translated as Mount Zas, protector of the sheep in modern Greek, confirming the importance of stockbreeding in Naxos since the ancient times.
The last meter of the hiking path is abrupt and uphill. The time needed from the chapel of Saint Marina to the mountaintop is 1 hour.

From the top, hikers can get a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands of the Cyclades.
The slopes of this mountain are also rich in flora and fauna, which is why it is a frequent place for birdwatchers and botanists.

How to get there

Mount Zas is located in Danakos 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 Mount Zas 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 Danakos some days of the week. 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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  • ablutsauger 08 Dec 2015
    The best thing ever
    Do it, do it and do it!
    Sneakers, sweatpants and do it!
    It is worth every drop of sweat!
    When you get to the top of the mountain and see complete Naxos around you, and sea surrounding you, you will cry!
    Please, be aware that this is not for kids. After the cave (which is nice, btw, but you don't have any light inside, so bring flashlights with you; this is not a maintained cave), you practically won't have any paths, but a lot of slippery rocks on a steep surface. It requires skill, balance and being fit.
    For those who never did trekking and so on, follow the red circles/dots/signs which you'll have here and there, hardly visible, but they will show you your way.
    Wonderful experience!

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