The Walking Plus country villa is in its own vineyard and olive grove set among farmland on the south-west coast of Naxos. It is a much-loved private home in a peaceful, rural location away from tourist areas. The single-storey house (200 sq m) is light and airy, with an open-plan lounge-dining-kitchen area. French windows that overlook a broad band of sea and sky. From the wide balcony that borders three sides of the house, watch the sun set behind the neighbouring island of Paros, and see, on a clear day, Eos, Folegandros and other islands 'floating' on the horizon. Inland are fields ringed by waves of rocky hills. Two perfect sandy bays and a long sandy beach are 800m away, and never crowded. It is a perfect base for a peaceful and relaxing beach holiday, and an excellent base for exploring the south coast, centre and east to north of the island. See 'Villa details' for more information.
Naxos has a wonderfully diverse landscape that ranges from the severe beauty of marble mountains and deep, Eden-like valleys to perfect and deserted beaches. It is Greece in microcosm, where walkers explore an infinite network of traditional paths and experience classic Greek countryside, coastlines and culture.
Because of the island's size (about 750 sq km – the size of the Isle of Wight, for UK readers), soil, and plentiful water, it is self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy produce, and produces its own wine, liqueurs, and olive oil. The seasonal rhythm of farming life evokes a sense of peace and continuity as you walk through tiny villages bordered by market garden terraces and citrus orchards, beside channels of sparkling water.
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