The mountainous settlement of Apiranthos in the northeastern part of the island is home to the Panagia Aperathitissa church since 1819.
It is said that the church was a result of an icon of the Virgin Mary being retrieved by a shepherd back in the day, which miraculously indicated the exact location for it to be constructed.
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The triple bell tower atop the structure is made of white marble, a trait shared with the temple's altar screen and various other carved details. The religious icons decorating the church's interior have been created with great care and artistic detail.
The church can get quite busy in the summertime due to several local religious celebrations, with the 15th of August (the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) being the most lively.
The stone-paved yard can accommodate multiple people and comprises a tranquil place to rest and enjoy a day under the sun.
Note that a visit to the church for Easter celebration is an amazing experience as the locals have their own easter traditions.
How to get there
Panagia Aperathitissa is located in Apiranthos 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 Panagia Aperathitissa 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 several buses from Chora to Apiranthos during the day. Lines 2 and 6 are those that reach Apiranthos. 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.