Description

Mountain and Cave of Zas

The tallest mountain in the Cyclades, which reaches 1,000 metres, got its name by the god Zeus (Zas), who, according to legend, grew up in Naxos. Southeast of the village Filoti, the giant Zas is rich in flora and fauna and is ideal for enjoyable naturalistic walks.

On the western side of the mountain at an altitude of 600 metres is the largest cave on the island. The legend states that in this place the father of the ancient gods spent his childhood. As evidenced by the findings that came to light during the excavations, the cave is connected with the worship of Zeus from antiquity which had been inhabited since prehistoric times. Many of these are now exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Naxos.

The cave has an area of 4,100 sq.m. and a length of 115 meters. The interior decor is especially rich, with impressive stalactites and stalagmites and rare stone clusters. What distinguishes it is the "Agia Trapeza" and the two stalagmites with the names "Papas" and "Papadia". Near the entrance there is a small chamber which was used as a church since the Turkish occupation.

Proceed to the top for a breathtaking view of Naxos and the neighbouring islands. This is one of the most popular hiking trails that you can follow on the island.