The village of Damarionas in Naxos is one of the most authentic and picturesque villages in Naxos, nested between verdant olive groves and vineyards.
The village stands at an altitude of 230 meters above sea level and is interestingly more connected with mountainous attributes.
It is located in the southern part of the Tragea valley and only a short distance from other settlements such as Vourvouria (700m away), Damalas (1.2km away), Halki (1.4km away) and Naxos Town (16km away).
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Damarionas was allegedly named after Damaris the Athenian, one of the first people to embrace Christianity and introduce it to the village. The inhabitants were said to formerly have been living in the Agiassos area near the seafront but decided to relocate inland in fear of pirate pillaging.
The traditionally whitewashed, cubic-shaped buildings and the old mansions shape the local architectural heritage. Damarionas also features several orthodox churches and chapels, thanks to the religious nature of its inhabitants. Panagia tis Spilias (the Virgin Mary of the cave) is worthy of a visit since it comprises a church built inside a cave.
Furthermore, Damarionas hosts approximately 350 inhabitants, mainly occupied with their olive groves, agricultural work, or livestock maintenance. There are also local delicacies that visitors can find, such as the handmade vegetarian pie (phyllo pastry filled with handpicked wild greenery) and the Citron Sweet Preserve (a jam-like sweet made of citrons).
There are many different ways to get to Damarionas from any location on the island. Airport to Damarionas: 16.3 km / 10.2 miles | Port to Damaronas: 17 km / 11 miles | Chora to Damarionas: 16.4 km / 10.3 miles
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 car rental allows visitors to discover Damarionas 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 buses from Chora to Damarionas during the week. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. From Naxos airport to Damarionas: Note that there is no bus station at the airport and the best option is to book a car or a transfer. If you still want to use the public bus, after exiting the airport buildings, follow the road to the left. The closest bus stop (Naxos Camp) is located 700 meters away. From Naxos Camp, visitors can take the bus route Plaka - Agia Anna > Chora (approximately every 30 minutes during summer) to Naxos central station. From there, visitors should board another bus. Line 7 reaches Damarionas. From Naxos port to Damarionas: The bus station is located at the port of Naxos. From there, visitors who have arrived by ferry should take a bus. Line 7 reaches Damarionas. 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.