Naxos Hiking Trail 2

Hiking from Filoti to Mount Zas (Zeus)

  • Circular: Filoti - Aria Spring - Zas Cave - Zas Summit - Agia Marina - Danakos - Back to Agia Marina - Agia Irene - Filoti
  • Distance: 12.8 km
  • Duration: 5h 20'
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Bus Routes: Here

         

Private: Naxos Hiking Trail 2 map
The starting point of the Trail 2FilotiDanakosKeramiJunctionAria SpringZas CaveEnjoy the view!Zas SummitDescending Mt ZasAgia MarinaDanakosAgia IreneThe view from Agios Georgios

The starting point of the Trail 2

Πεζοπορία στο μονοπάτι 2 της Νάξου. Φιλώτι-Ζας

Filoti

Danakos

Kerami

Junction

Πεζοπορία στο μονοπάτι 2 της Νάξου. Φιλώτι-Ζας

Πεζοπορία στο μονοπάτι 2 της Νάξου. Φιλώτι-Ζας

Aria Spring

Aria Spring

Zas Cave

Zas (Zeus) Cave

Enjoy the view!

Zas Summit

Descending Mt Zas

Πεζοπορία στο μονοπάτι 2 της Νάξου. Φιλώτι-Ζας

Agia Marina

Danakos

Πεζοπορία στο μονοπάτι 2 της Νάξου.

Agia Irene

Agia Irene

The view from Agios Georgios

Filoti

Map of hiking trail 2. Find more about map symbols at Key

At a Glance

Trail 2 begins and ends at the largest village of Naxos, Filoti. It is a loop trail and can be hiked in two ways. At the current page we demonstrate the more difficult but more rewarding way for reaching Mount Zas top.

Filoti, is a 25 minute drive from Chora. The Church Panagia Filotitissa (18th century) and the Venetian Tower Barozzi are some of village's sights.

Leaving Filoti and heading towards Zas Summit, you will encounter Aria Spring and Zas Cave.

Aria Spring is a great place to rest. Take a deep breath and continue on the trail for 500 meters to find Zas cave. A torch would be handy for taking a look inside. After the cave move on for 1.4km to get to the summit. This part is challenging as the route becomes steep and rough. Cairns and red dots will help you find your way to the summit.

The route to descend Zas is much easier as it is less steep and better marked. You will hike for about 1 hour to reach Agia Marina.

From Agia Marina you can visit Danakos via a side path or head towards Filoti.

The village of Danakos, which is one of the oldest settlements of Naxos, is 2km away from Agia Marina. It is famous for its water springs and the cultural events that hosts during summer. Hike back to Agia Marina following the same trail and after that you will walk for 1.4km to find Agia Irene and Filoti. This part of the trail includes some walking on the asphalt road, so be careful for the incoming vehicles.

 

Suggestions:

  • Use closed shoes for this trail. Sneakers /  Hiking / Trekking shoes would be great.
  • Hiking / trekking poles are not required but they will be useful.
  • Bring a lot of water with you.
  • During summer start hiking early in the morning. There aren’t many places of shade to rest. Also wear hat and sunscreen.

Photo Guide

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Altitude: 400m
This is the main street of Filoti. On the left side of the road is Filoti’s main square, on the right side is the bus stop Filoti. You can find more information about the bus routes here.

Continue straight
for 650m and turn right at the junction to head towards Cheimaros Tower.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Junction. Follow the marker.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

At this point you will start walking on the trail. In 1,5km you will find Aria Spring.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Along the route there are a number of wire fences used by shepherds to hold their flocks in check. Open the fences not forgetting to close them behind you.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Aria Spring

Aria Spring.

Aria Spring
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Continue towards Zas Cave.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Zas (Zeus) Cave

Altitude: 630

You reach Zas Cave. According to mythology this is the place Zeus spent his childhood years. Additionally, the cave was used as a church during the Ottoman rule.

Zas (Zeus) Cave
Inisde of Zeus Cave

A look inside of Zas Cave.

Inisde of Zeus Cave
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Follow the marker. After 150 meters you will turn left.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Trail 2 is marked with cairns and red dots.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Zas (Zeus) Summit

This concrete structure is Mt Zas summit.

Zas (Zeus) Summit
Mt. Zas (Zeus) Summit

Altitude: 1001m
You are at the highest peak of Cyclades
. Enjoy the view!

Mt. Zas (Zeus) Summit
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Follow the marker to descend via Agia Marina.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Agia Marina

Altitude: 630m

You are at Agia Marina. The left path leads to Filoti while the right path leads towards the village of Danakos.

Agia Marina
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hike for 40 minutes and you will reach Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

Hiking from Agia Marina to Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece

You are at Danakos.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2 - Filoti - Mount Zas - Greece
Agia Marina

You are at Agia Marina. Follow the left path towards Agia Irene and Filoti.

Agia Marina
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Hiking from Agia Marina to Agia Irene and Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Agia Irene

Agia Irene

Agia Irene
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Filoti, at the center of the image you can see Barozzi Tower.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
 
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas
Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

Main square of Filoti.

Hiking Naxos - Trekking route 2- Filoti - Mount Zas

 

Alternative-Easier ways to get to Zas summit.

  • Hike from Filoti to Agia Marina (via Agia Irene) and then to mountain’s top. To return follow the same path on the opposite direction.
  • Drive (or take the bus) to Agia Marina and from there follow the trail to the summit. To return take the same path on the opposite direction.

 

How to get to Ag. Marina by car/bus.

  • By car: From Filoti head towards Apiranthos. After 3.3km you will find a junction. Turn right to head to Danakos/ Monastery of Fotodotis. Continue for 800m and you will see Agia Marina on the right side of the road, next to a plane tree. Agia Marina is the second church you will find after the junction. The first one is on top of a hill (Profitis Ilias).
  • By bus: The bus stop "Agia Marina" is at the junction described above.