Naxos Panagia Parthena Islet

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Location: Mikri Vigla

Just opposite the bay of Mikri Vigla, on the southwestern side of Naxos, lies the small rocky islet of Panagia Parthena.
On top of the islet sits a tiny Cycladic church dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Greek: Panagia Parthena). Both the church and the islet are namesakes.
The church is whitewashed, boasts a small courtyard, and a few paved steps lead to the church from the sea.

Every year, on the Holy Day of the Ascension (40 days after Easter Sunday), a Holy Mass takes place in this church. That is the only time of the year when the church of Panagia Parthena is open.

In order to attend the Mass, people cross from Mikri Vigla to the islet via boats.

Yesteryear, the shepherds of Naxos were handing out ksinogala (sour milk, a local product of the island) on this occasion.

You can organize weddings on the island. For more info contact Kontos restaurant.

How to get there

The Church of Panagia Parthena is located on a small islet 400 meters from Mikri Vigla Village. Visitors can access the islet with a private boat, canoe, windsurf, or even by swimming.
There are boats that take visitors from the village to the Church once every year, on the Feast Day of the Ascension of Christ (40 days after the Orthodox Easter).



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