Hotel Kouros is a small unit located in Apollon (Apollonas), a small fishing village in the northest area of Naxos island, 36 km from Naxos Town. The village has touristic infastructure, mini market, restaurants/tavernas, cafe, bars and a very nice beach.
Hotel Kouros is a family hotel with 24 double rooms with TV, refrigerator, air condition, toilet, shower with hot water, telephone, parking place for your car and it’s own beach bar right next to the sea. It is near by the beach (30m) and very close to the village (200m). Every room has a balcony with fantastic view to the sea or the mountains.
In Apollon village you will discover the oldest marble mine in Greece, which makes it the oldest in the world. It is here the homeland of Kori and Kouros, the types of female and male statues that characterize the archaic Greece. In the marble mines you will see the ancient statue of Dionysos (12 meter long - 6th century bc), the longest in Greece.
Apollon is a small village and it’s an ideal place for people who want to get away from the big cities and the touristic areas. You will not find here tensed nightlife nor “armies” of tourists. On the contrary, you will meet real Naxian farmers, fisherman and generally people who make their living not solely by tourism.
If it is quiet you need, Apollon is the right place for you but if you are a person who enjoys hiking then there are beautiful routes in the surrounding area. Hotel Kouros can provide you with the right person for guided hiking tours (Stuart Thorpe) or you can try the routes yourself using one of the detailed maps and the instruction from the hotel expert, Christos Sideris. There are many things to see, among the most interesting are: 1) the hiking to Kalogeros mountain, right over the village with the medieval castle, 2) the statue of Dionysos, tour of the village and visit the beautiful beach of Agios Fokas with the tiny Byzantine church, 3) the path from Koronida (mother village of Apollon) to Apollon, 4) A visit to the village mesi and the lovely beach of Agios Giannis, 5) a hiking tour to Agia with the medieval tower and the ancient ruins and the beautiful beach of Agia …. And many more.
If you are not interested in driving tours you can always rent a car (in Naxos town) or a motor bike and tour the island yourself using the instructions of our expert or, you can also have quided driving tours with Stuart Thorpe who has a profound knowledge of Naxian people although he is English. The oldest findings in Naxos take the history of the island 10.000 years B.C. in Paleolithic times. Naxos was populated in Stone Age (Cave of Zas in Filoti, Grotta in Naxos town) but what the islands are really famous is for the early bronze age civilization (Cycladic) with the typical graves, the long Cycladic ships and the little white marble statues. You must visit the archaeological museum in Naxos town. There are also important finding of the late bronze age (like a part of the city and the walls), as well of the geometric times and of course, the archaic time when Naxos was in its prime, having 30.000 inhabitants (temple of Dimitra in Sangri, temple of Dionysos in Yria, marble mine and temple of Aloades in Melanes and many more). From classic Greece period, the ruins of the temple of Apollon in Naxos town (portara) is a must see. Except for the ancient Naxos, a visitor can also enjoy Byzantine Naxos with the little a bigger churches all around the island and especially in the valley of Tragea. From the medieval times, when Naxos was conquer by Venice there are many beautifull towers of the feudalist masters all around the island. For the end, a visitor should not ignore contemporary Naxos with the little mountain villages, the wild mountains, the emery mines, the amazing beaches and the real Naxian people.
As you can see, there are many thing to do in Apollon but if you don’t want to spend your days trying to discover the beauty of the island you could just relax and enjoy the beautiful Apollon and all the calmness and quietness that the place offers you. Within a few words, Apollon is a beautiful village and hotel Kouros is the right place for your accomodation. You will find more information about Hotel Kouros and Apollon here http://hotelkouros.blogspot.com
Hopefully we will see you.