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Potamia Naxos: Located 9 kilometres from Naxos Town, the lovely village of Potamia is perched on a hillside and surrounded by wonderful green nature. With a population of 300 inhabitants, the main financial sources of the village today are agriculture and livestock. Potamia, whose name means riverside, actually consists of three villages: Ano Potamia (Upper Riverside), Mesi Potamia (Middle Riverside) and Kato Potamia (Down Riverside). The name derived from a wonderful river that crosses these three villages and makes a great place for hiking.
In the Medieval times, Potamia was very prosperous, as shown by the many Venetian towers and the 14 mills, whose ruins can be seen around till today. Very impressive is the 17th century Tower of Kokkos with a watermill in its basement. In Ano Potamia, next to a prehistoric water spring, there is the tavern Pigi, one of the best taverns on the island.
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There are many different ways to get to Potamia from any location on the island.
Airport to Potamia: 10 km / 6.2 miles | Port to Potamia: 9 km / 5.5 miles | Chora to Potamia: 9 km / 5.5 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 Potamia 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 Potamia during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Naxos airport to Potamia: 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 Potamia.
From Naxos port to Potamia: 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 Potamia.
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.
Villa Matakia is located in the village of Ano Potamia, one of the most fertile parts of Naxos. There is a river there and the area is very verdant. It is an old stone mansion with big verandas and a garden with lemon trees surrounded by cypresses. It was designed in full respect of the island architectural traditions. This is the perfect place for a local experience, away from the busy touristy areas of the island. The village is very authentic and has also one of the best restaurants on the island (Pigi). The house is situated on a hiking route that goes from Ano Potamia to Kato Potamia.
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