Naxos Filoti

General information

Filoti in Naxos is the largest settlement on the island and lies around 18 km from Naxos Town. The beautiful village is amphitheatrically built on the foothills of mount Za, the highest mountain of the Cyclades. Since it is also enclosed among the vegetation of the verdant Tragea valley, numerous olive trees surround it.

Filoti is considered lively, with numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops scattered across it. A bank and a post office are also available there.
As in several rural areas in Greece, in Filoti's heart lies the main square. The sprawled branches of an imposing old plane tree lavishly provide the guests who enjoy their coffee or snack at one of the paved square's establishments with shadow.

Architecturally wise, the houses are whitewashed and flat-roofed, while the regional streets are narrow and flowered. Locals use those flat-topped houses as balconies.
Churches are plenty and worthy of a visit. The most renowned church of the district is Panagia Filotitissa (the Holy Mary of Filoti). The current building was established in the 18th century and boasts a three-bell tower with exquisite carved details. In front of the church lies the Ecclesiastic and Folklore Museum of Filoti. There, guests have the chance to see how a traditional house used to be and admire some of the relics and icons of the church.

The village is also home to the Chimaros Tower, one of the most well-known sights of Naxos. It was built in the 4th century BC and initially reached 17 meters high.

Last but not least, because of its location below Mount Zas, Filoti constitutes an ideal place for trekking. At a 600-meters altitude, one can spot the Cave of Zas, the place that allegedly was the refuge of Zeus during the time his father Kronus persecuted him. The cave also boasts impressive geological formations like stalagmites and stalactites.

Things to See & Do in Filoti

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4 Reviews
  • Daniel Levine 30 Mar 2024
    Impressive work
    Mr. Moustakis himself gave us a tour of this neighborhood in 2022. His work is impressive, and he is a passionate advocate of historical accuracy. He is dedicated to the heritage of Naxos and all of Greece. What a treasure he is, and what a treasure his work has become!
  • Rachel 28 Sep 2023
    Visit this charming and well-maintained museum!
    We were greeted by a lovely docent at the door of this four-room museum and were then pleased to find an array of historical artifacts from 300 years of Filoti's history. We especially loved the olive oil exhibit and the collection of decades-old clothing from community members of Filoti. The docent spoke perfect english, was very knowledgable, and willing to answer our questions.
  • olivier 06 Sep 2022
    Great work! Worths the visit!
  • Jans 18 Jan 2007
    Small and Sweet
    Nationality: Swedish
    -How did you get to Filoti village in Naxos: By scooter/motorbike
    -Where is your accommodation located: Naxos town
    -How much time did it take you to reach the village: 1 hour
    -What are the conditions of the roads that take you to the village: Ok, sometimes very bumpy
    -Did you enjoy the trip to Filoti village in Naxos: Very nice, a lot to see on the way here
    -In order to get to the village were there enough signs in order to find it: I used a map
    -Why did you choose this particular village in Naxos: Saw it on the map, on the way to Agia Marina
    -How would you describe the village in Naxos: Picturesque. A few tavernas, a perfect place to have a bit t eat, nice friendly people
    -Can everything, one might need, be found in the village: Yes, everything seem to be here
    - Favorite thing about the village: Small and sweet, nice tavernas and good selection of food
    - Is there anything that you don’t like about the village or things that should be done by the authorities to improve it or is something missing: No
    - Any recommendations/tips for future visitors: You must go!!
    - Other recommends villages? Not yet, all places seem nice so far