Located 9 km east of Naxos Town, Mili is a small traditional settlement named after the nearby watermills of Melanes. The charming village has a two-digit number of permanent residents and is divided into Kato Mili (Lower Mills), Mesi Mili (Middle Mills), and Pano Mili (Upper Mills).
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The traditional houses of the village have been built among dense greenery. A refreshing stream flows through the area, making it even more heavenly. A visit to Mili will feel like a trip to the past, where you can meet the most authentic side of Naxos!
The traditional architecture of Naxos has been perfectly preserved in the settlement. Walking around the village, you will discover abandoned houses but also a few that are freshly painted in bright colors and adorned with small gardens. In particular, Kato Mili is the oldest neighborhood and features low houses with two rooms and a courtyard, mostly forsaken. Mesi Mili has five or six houses and an alleyway. Pano Mili is the liveliest district since that's where most of the few inhabitants live. Take your time to notice the structure of the traditional houses and spot the old wood-fired ovens!
After strolling around the village, drop by to visit the traditional Cafe "I Koukouvagia kai o Mastoras", where you will have the chance to meet the locals while having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and something to eat. The establishment offers homemade delicacies you have to try!
Within a short distance from the village, you will discover the archaeological site of Flerio and the famous Kouros statue, which can be reached on foot from the hiking path that starts at Pano Mili.
There are many different ways to get to Mili from any location on the island. Airport to Mili: 11 km / 6.1 miles | Port to Mili: 10.5 km / 6.9 miles | Chora to Mili: 9.8 km / 6.2 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 Mili 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 several buses from Chora to Apiranthos during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. From Naxos airport to Apiranthos: 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 Mili. From Naxos port to Apiranthos: 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 Apiranthos. 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.