EUROPE’S LATEST LONG-DISTANCE TRAIL: FINAL LEG OF THE NAXOS STRADA

The end of the Naxos Strada is perfectly, essentially Greek: the village of Apollonas, wrapped around a fishing harbour and sweeping curve of bay, at the foot of rugged marble cliffs. By the time you arrive at the end of the 11.5km hike from Koronos, appetising aromas of grilled fish and souvlaki will be rising from a string of water-front tavernas. Apollonas even has its own archaeological treasure, the Classical World’s largest statue carved from a single piece of marble,

OVER THE TOP ON DAY 4 OF THE NEW HIKING TRAIL ON NAXOS ISLAND

This 11.5km section of the cross-island trail bridges the limestone massif commanded by Mount Fanari. Before leaving Apiranthos have an early kafedaki (small coffee) on the village’s marble terrace and bone up on island geology and pre-history at the small but revelatory geological and archaeological museums. The village is stacked up the steep flanks of Mount Fanari, and you can divert to the peak for an eagle-eye view of island and surrounding seas. The route is high in mou

TO DO LIST: NEW GREEK ISLAND HIKING TRAIL, NAXOS STRADA DAY 3 (virtual)

After two days of the coast-to-coast Naxos Strada, I’d probably sleepover in Zoe’s beautifully restored neo-Classical guesthouse in Filoti (ztzannini@gmail.com) before setting off on the 8.5 km to the next mountain village of Apiranthos. Doesn’t sound far, but there are some steep climbs, a towering monastery wrapped around a chapel, and many a panoramic meadow thick with spring wildflowers. First climb is to the apex of the village, a stepped pyramid of white houses impresse

VIRTUAL TRAVEL THROUGH TIME ON NAXOS STRADA STAGE 2

Day 2 of Naxos’ new long distance hiking trail strides over the island’s rural and cultural heart. You need to allow time for soaking up the fabulous variety of landscape and wealth of historical interest A bouldered tor with a 365-degree prospect of inland plain, mountain rim and coast, is topped by an impressive Hellenistic defence wall and the ruins 13th century Venetian citadel. Scattered over a level of acid grassland and Erica, are 8th-century BC stone grave circles enc

NEW GREEK ISLAND HIKING TRAIL OPENS BUT NO-0NE CAN WALK IT

'It's a fact!' - the long-awaited long-distance path across the Cycladic island of Naxos is open, reports local news-outlet Cycladic Voice https://www.cycladesvoice.gr/?aid=92514. After a two-year wait for the local council to open the route, the final blockage to the 52-kilometre, coast-to-coast 'Naxos Strada' was cleared by volunteers led by waymarker Tassos Anastasiou. It was only days before the route directions were due to be published in the Cicerone guide to Walking on

WHERE I WOULD WALK ON GREEK EASTER SUNDAY (if it weren't for C19!)

Easter in Greece, which is a week later this year than in most of the rest of Europe, is the country's most most important religious festival, and with nature wildly and gloriously resurrecting, normally a magical time to be walking on the islands of the Cyclades. Holy Week is usually filled with rituals, traditions and processions building up to the fireworks, feasting and family gatherings of Easter Sunday. Rugged mountains and hills are softened and greened by winter rains