The Statues of Kouros in Naxos Cyclades: These remarkable statues can be seen at the villages of Melanes and Apollonas, on Naxos. The statue in Apollonas, also known as the Kouros of Apollonas is a life-size statue, exceeding 10 meters in height. It dates back to 8th century and archeologists haven't actually decided on whether the statue depicts the god Apollo or the god Dionysus.
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The statue remained incomplete for unknown reasons. Its construction is simple without any decorative features. The other statue is located in Melanes village. It lies on the ground, at the exact position as the historians found it. It is smaller than the one in Apollonas and it dates back to 7th century BC. Archeologists believe that these statues were predestined to hold on to a temple roof but they were decidedly abandoned by the ancient sculptors due to faults in the marble and stone that were constructed of. Remains of ancient temples surround both statues.
Tours and activities related to Apollonas Kouros Statue
Naxos Island is the biggest of the Cyclades, with a lot of places full of history, a famous cuisine, specific architecture and various landscapes. This bus tour of Naxos will get you through all these aspects and you will be able in just 8 hours to understand the island real vibe and to live ones of the best experiences of your holiday. Take your breakfast and prepare your comfortable shoes, your sunglasses and sun hat, put on some sunscreen and get ready for a full-day adventure.
The tour will get you to the north and west part of the island, crossing the inland. You will have an experienced guide that will introduce you to the fascinating world of Naxos. Besides the ancient temples and museums that you will visit, you will get the chance to taste the famous local liqueur Citron at the oldest distillery on the island, visit the stunning marble village of Apiranthos and see the huge 10.5- meters tall Kouros Statue. You will have some free time also that you can use to enjoy the surroundings, take a swim or just to have lunch at a local tavern. The final stop of the tour will be at an olive press museum and after that, you will return home with unforgettable memories and for sure a lot of photos.
The Apollonas Kouros Statue is located in Apollonas 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 Apollonas Kouros Statue 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 Apollonas 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.