Description

Filoti

Naxos' largest and most populous village is built amphitheatrically at the foot of Mount Zas (Zeus), 18 km east of Chora. A lively village with more than 1,800 residents, Filoti is full of life and attracts a lot of visitors, rich in tradition and home to several important monuments, cultural centres, many taverns and shops.

The village consists of two neighbourhoods: Rachidi and Klefaro. Wandering the narrow streets, you'll encounter a multitude of beautiful buildings, such as the impressive Barotsi Tower (take note of the crest with the inscription "1718 Geronimo Barozzi" at the tower's main entrance) and the imposing church of Panagias of Filotitissas with the impressive bell tower and the excellent marble temple.

Your walks here will be ideally completed in the village's large central square, the "Gefyra", for a coffee and traditional snacks under the shade of plane trees. Around the square you'll find supermarkets, banks, a post office, a police station and many shops. It's worth visiting the The Museum of the Collection of Hellenic Currencies of Nikolas Moustakis, which houses the notes and coins of modern times which were circulated in Greece and Cyprus.

The region's attractions include the impressive four storey Heimarrou Tower which is on the way to Kalantos beach, the picturesque fountain of Arion, the Cave of Zas located on the mountain side and also many Byzantine churches.

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