Naxos Melanes Kouros Statue

Location: Melanes

The remarkable statue of a Kouros is located outside the village of Melanes, in the countryside of Naxos.

The statue lays on the ground, at the exact spot where it was found by archaeologists. It is 6 meters long and dates back to the 7th century.

In Naxos unfinished sculptures are usually found near marble quarries. Many workshops were undertaking the creation of statues on behalf of wealthy residents. It is possible that during their transport, the statues may have been damaged and, therefore, abandoned.

There is another Kouros approximately 200m away from this one, the Kouros of Flerio.

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How to get there

The Melanes Kouros Statue is located in Melanes 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 rental car allows visitors to discover the Kouros of Melanes and many other places of interest at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the Port of Naxos. There are buses from Chora to Melanes during the day. Line 4 reaches Melanes. 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.



1 Reviews
  • ablutsauger 07 Dec 2015
    Nice place
    At first, we didn't plan to visit any of Kouros statues due to lack of time, but we saw a sign for Melanes Kouros on our way back from Zeus, so we decided to stop by.
    There is a nice path, sort of in the woods, leading to upwards path that leads to the statue, so it made it a mysterious place. The statue is just ok. Don't expect to stay there more than five minutes. If it's not on your way and you don't have time, no need to come. But if you have car and go to Zeus, for example, stop by.