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Melanes Naxos: Melanes is one of the oldest villages in Naxos, located 8 km south east from Chora. The village got its name by the dark color of the soil and the surrounding nature is full of olive groves and fruit trees, creating a magnificent scenery.
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Melanes is a mountainous village built at an altitude of 63 meters, with a population of about 500 permanent inhabitants. The main occupation of the locals is cattle-breeding and agriculture. Around Melanes, there are many Medieval towers here and there. These towers were used as homes or summer houses by the noblemen in the Medieval times.
A walking distance from Melanes, in the location Flerio, there is a statue of Kouros. This is an oversized statue of 6,4m height, lying in the ground among the olive trees. This statue was left at the exact location where it was found and archaeologists believe that it represents either a mortal man or god Dionysus. There is another statue of its kind near the village of Apollonas. For some reasons, these statues were left unfinished in the ancient times.
Melanes is a frequent destination for hiking. Many hiking trails start from Chora and leads to the reion of Melanes, passing through nice valleys, small settlements and ancient sites.
There are many different ways to get to Melanes from any location on the island.
Airport to Melanes: 9.5 km / 5.9 miles | Port to Melanes: 8 km / 4.9 miles | Chora to Melanes: 8 km / 4.9 miles
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Naxos 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 book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Naxos with as little as 15 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Melanes and many other places of interest in Naxos at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the port of Naxos. There are few buses from Chora to Melanes during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Naxos airport to Melanes: 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 bus station (Naxos Camp) is located 500 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 take a bus to reach Melanes.
From Naxos port to Melanes: The bus station is located at the port of Naxos. From there, visitors who have arrived by ferry to Naxos should take a bus to reach Melanes.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.
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