Apollonas (sometimes referred to as Apollon) is the touristic centre on the north coast of Naxos. The picturesque village has a few hundred inhabitants. Most of the visitors come here because it is far away from the busy tourist hotspots further down south. There are 4-5 hotels and rent rooms and 8 – 10 restaurants. The little fishing village is pretty quiet and laid back.
Accommodation in Apollonas
The only bigger hotel is Hotel Adonis. It is well run and has about 30 rooms. It is pretty central; the rooms are 30-40 Euro. If you prefer an apartment I would recommend Flora. It is about 300 metres out of town. Just follow the path to the Kouros of Apollonas. (For more information see further down). For a overview of hotels on Naxos click here.
The by far biggest restaurant (taverna)
is the Apollon. The Greek salad there is excellent but a
little overpriced (4.50 Euro). A little cheaper and just as
good is Venetico. Highly recommended here are the meat
Baywatch and Captain Michalis are tow cafes at the main
beach. Both have a wide range of coffees, ice cream, crepes,
cake and other sweets. Both are rather pricy but that is
pretty typical for Greece. Baywatch is particularly popular
with the local youngsters.
Kouros of Apollonas
The main reason why day trippers come to Apollonas is the so called Kouros of Apollonas. It is a massive, about 10 metres long statue from the 6th or 7th century BC. It takes about 10 minutes to get there from the village. The path is signposted. Quite frankly it is not as impressive as I had hoped after visiting the other famous Kouros on Naxos. (Kouros of Melanes) It is unfinished and lies in a quarry. It is massive though. As far as I'm aware it represents Apollo. If that's true or made up by the villagers (of Apollonas) I don't know. Check it out anyways.
Depending on the season there are 2-3
busses a day coming from Naxos City. Most of the go the
rather spectacular route cross country through
Filoti, Apiranthos, Koronos and Koronida. Twice a week the
bus goes along the coast. A single ticket cost 5 Euro.