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villages of naxos

Naxos island comprises of more that 60 villages, scattered all over the island. Some of wich are uninhabited, but most of them reach a population of 2500 people.

Although unknown to most tourists until recently, many villages have become major tourist attractions.

As the Naxians' main income used to come from cultivating the land, the villages used to have a leading financial role in the island's economy.

That, together with the fact that the majority of the population lived in the villages, led to their development which went on for decades.

The fact that the island is the greenest in the Cyclades and has the highest mountain (Zas reaches 1004m of altitude) means that it is also furtile and has plenty of water, even during the driest seasons.

Apart from cultivating the land, the locals were also involved in cattle breeding.

Potato seeds, wheet, olive oil, emery, fish, meat and all sorts of vegetables were exported not only to Cyclades but to all parts of Greece. Marble was also a main source of income for the Naxians.

Most of the villages are mountainous, while most of them are also next to furtile valleys. Even today, the main source of income for those villages' inhabitants comes from agriculture and cattle-raising.

While the inhabitants of some villages migrated to Athens and other parts of Greece or Europe, those staying at the richest villages remained there.

The island's economy still highly depends on agriculture and cattle-raising, but tourism has finally "invaded" the island, to transform it to one of the major tourist attractions in Cyclades. As a result, the coastline (unwated area for many years) has grown in value.

The tourist development, however, has also reached the villages. One will be amazed to see the amount of tourists driving to the island's interior just to visit as many villages as possible. Most of them are very picturesque and have excellent local cuisine and lovely cafe with amazing view.

Local products and handcraft ornaments are sold in small shops.

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