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There are quite a few villages on Naxos, most with something interesting to see either in or near them. The main bus route runs from Naxos town to Apiranthos, passing through or by quite a few villages en-route. Though Apiranthos is perhaps the most famous and reputedly pretty village on Naxos we thought it was a little too far for a day trip by bus, giving us too little time to do other stuff. We decided therefore to go to Halki, walk from there to Filoti and get the bus back from there. This worked out very well.
Halki is the former capital of Naxos, but these days looks a very small and quite sparse village, though some large and sometimes faded houses act as a reminder of its past.
Having only a small village square and a couple of tavernas and cafes, it is most famous for three things: the Kitron distillery, some fine pottery & craft shops and a couple of old Venetian tower houses. There's also a walk that you can do to the nearby church of Agios Georgios Dissori.
We visited the distillery, had lunch at the cafe, bought some goodies at the shop there and also at Ava (or maybe Eva? - a lovely shop selling home made jams, spoon sweets, honeys and so on), looked around the village and then headed for Filoti.
We didn't know what to expect of Filoti - our guide books mentioned little about it except to say that it is the biggest village on Naxos. The mountain scenery on the way there was stupendous, hillsides dotted with churches and chapels as far as the eye can see and interesting looking tracks meandering their way up and round those hills.
Filoti itself was a nice surprise. A fairly workaday village with little impact from tourism, it had a lovely "traditional centre", up some marble steps from behind the cafe in the main square. The highlight of this was the church, set half way up the steps in a small square and looking very picturesque. Elsewhere in the village were a variety of shops, cafes and services, geared towards locals rather than tourists and all the more interesting for that. There are also some more churches and (apparently) a ruined castle, though we didn't see it. We really liked Filoti.
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