Halki Village in Naxos
Information About Halki
Halki Naxos: The village of Halki is located in the central area of the region of Tragea which is the biggest olive cultivation area of the Cyclades, 16 km from Hora, or Naxos Town. Halki has a long history and was once the capital of Naxos as well as its main administrative and trade centre. The many Neoclassical houses and buildings testify about the past wealth and power of the village.
Many well-preserved Venetian Towers and fine Byzantine churches can be found in the area such as the 9th century Church of Panagia which is one of Naxos oldest churches and houses some beautiful Byzantine and post-Byzantine frescoes.
Parking up or arriving by bus on the main street you can make the short journey to St Georges church which is a great example of Byzantine design. On the path there you will notice the olive groves on either side, something the area is famous for. Going back into the main village notice the architecture and the handsome villas.
Gratsia Pyrgos is well signposted and is an excellent example of a tower house. Built by an aristocratic family (notice the coat of arms) it was used as a lookout in the days of pirate raids. Unfortunately you can't enter the tower but it can be admired close up.
The Vallindra Kitron distillery is in the heart of the village and can be entered for free. You are given a tour of the site where the famous Kitron of the area is made. It is interesting to see the workings up close and the tour gives plenty of interesting facts, not least that the liquid is actually made from Citron leaves. The tour ends, naturally, with some sampling of the product as well as Ouzo which is also made here.
Things To See And Do In Halki
-How did you get to Halki: By car
-Where is your accommodation located: Mili
-How much time did it take you to reach Halki village: 5 minutes
-What are the conditions of the roads that take you to the village: Good
-Did you enjoy the trip to Halki village: Yes, we walked to Pano Kastro first. Nice contrast!
-In order to get to Halki village were enough signs in order to find it: I stay in the area
-Why did you choose Halki village: Recommended by friends
-How would you describe the village: Authentic, beautiful surroundings, great atmosphere, archeological, historical. Good central base for many rural destinations
-Can everything, one might need, be found in the village: Telephone, bank, mini market, restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, shops, travel agencies, museums, internet cafes, hotels and other accommodations
- Did the village meet your expectations? Yes Rate: 8/10
- Favorite thing about the village: The tavernas and the small authentic houses
- Is there anything that you dont 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: To come and let in this village
- Other recommends villages? Apeiranthos and Mili