|It''s the largest island of Cyclades, a
fertile land with hardworking people that capitalized to the
maximum on the natural abilities of the island, agriculture,
cattle-breeding and fishing.
Citron, potatoes, grapes, wine and cheeses from Naxos are well
known. The wine-pressing and the "chatzanemata" (the
making of tsipouro, a white spirit) is a party occasion for
the locals. They preserve the customs and traditions of the
island with the "koydoynatoys" and "kordelatoys"
during Mardigras, the "Klydona" on June 23rd, the
local recipes, the fairs, the folk dances, the "kotsakia"
Naxos is also known for a few days or for long vacation. You
will come across a society that consists of warm and hospitable
people that is the real beauty of Naxos.
locals have lovingly cultivated their land for thousands of
years and the island is characterized by its self-sufficiency
in agricultural products. Naxos is famous for its potatoes,
fruit, olive oil and wine and one of its most famous products
is the citrus liquer, The old citrus'' distillery is in the
village of Chalki and is well worth a visit. Due to the prolific
cattle breeding there is an abu-dance of dairy products, the
most famous of which are the local cheeses (gruyere, sour
cream-cheese, hard cheese). Naxos has a remarkable tradition
in the art of weaving. You can buy weft-knitted textiles in
Hora, in Aperanthos, Moni and Komiaki. In the area of Tragaia
there are pottery workshops and the famous "eye of Naxos"
is on sale in most of the island''s jewellery shops (the "eye
of Naxos" comes from a cockleshell and is said to bring
Due to its size and fertility, Naxos is one of the most self sufficient islands of Cyclades, with its own production of agricultural and dairy products. The famous Naxian cheese, potatoes and citrus are just a small example of them. There are plenty of places you can buy Naxian cheese - some of them are just cheese shops. Try (and we sure you will buy) "Kefalotyri", "Anthotyro" and "Ksynotyro".
Naxian Guere (Graviera)
Naxian Guere (Kefalotyri) from sheep's milk
Fresh Pasterized Milk