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Kourounochori comprises one of the four charming settlements in the valley of Melanes. Due to its location, the climate is mild year-round since protected from winds blowing from the north.
In terms of architecture, whitewashed one- and two-story houses with courtyards are mostly encountered. An engraved inscription in honor of King Otto, who visited the area in 1833, can also be found in Kourounochori.
The central church of the settlement is dedicated to the Savior and celebrates on August 6th. After the mass, the priest blesses grapes so that the crop is adequate and of good quality and distributes them to people afterward. A large feast comes next, featuring music, food, and wine.
The regional vegetation is rich and unspoiled, so any visitor who is into hiking can have a walk to the surrounding villages since several trekking paths are available in the area.
There are many different ways to get to Kourounochori from any location on the island. Airport to Kourounochori: 9.3 km / 5.7 miles | Port to Kourounochori: 8 km / 4.9 miles | Chora to Kourounochori: 8 km / 4.9 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 rental car allows visitors to discover Kourounochori and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the Port of Naxos. There are buses from Chora to Kourounochori during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. From Naxos Airport to Kourounochori: 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 4 reaches Kourounochori. From Naxos Port to Kourounochori: The bus station is located at the Port of Naxos. From there, visitors who have arrived by ferry should take a bus. Line 4 reaches Kourounochori. 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.