Hiking// King’s Throne

Mount Zeus or Zas as locals like to say, is the most iconic and the highest mountain on Naxos and all the Cycladic islands (1004m/3294ft). People named the mountain after the king of the Olympian gods, who according to the greek mythology, was raised exactly there! On the way to the top, hikers can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. On a clear day the view can reach till the coastline of Turkey and Santorini! Moreover the slopes of this mountain are rich in flora and fauna, which is why it is a frequent place for botanists and birdwatchers that have a great chance to observe the famous and protected vultures of Naxos flying around Mt.Zas.

The certified guide will pick you up from your accommodation and this full day adventure begins with a 20′-30′ drive (from Naxos town) through the stunning naxian countryside! The hike begins and ends at the largest village of Naxos, Filoti. It is a loop trail that can be hiked in two ways! It is an easy/moderate difficulty hiking trail, almost 5km/3.1 miles to the top and
elevation gain of 605m/1985ft. On the peak of Zeus we’ll get the chance to enjoy a breathtaking 360° view and a delicious snack ! On the way down (another 5km/3.1 miles) and on the western side of mount Zeus , we’ll also get the chance to visit the deep cave of Zeus. A place that exhibits unique geological interest with imposing stalactites and stalagmites and of course the local species of microbats! A little bit further down, we will quench our thirst with the fresh water that’s coming out straight from the mountain in the middle of the serene green oasis of Aria spring!

Back to Filoti and to the van!

***An easier and shorter out-and-back trail option is also available! Agia Marina-Mt. Zeus-Agia Marina

 

 


Loop trail distance: 10km(6.2miles)   Difficulty: moderate-challenging  

Duration: approx. 6h (travel time included)

Elevation gain:605m (1985ft)

Starting time: after breakfast, approx. 9.30 a.m.  

Return time: approx. 15.30


Out-and-back trail distance: 6km/3.7miles  Difficulty: easy- moderate  

Duration: approx. 5h(travel time included)

Elevation gain:390m (1280ft)

Starting time: after breakfast, approx. 9.30 a.m.  

Return time: approx. 14.30


We provide

  • Local certified guide
  • Hotel Pick up/Drop off
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack
  • Headlamp
  • Snack
  • First aid kit

You should wear/bring

  • Hiking pants
  • Approach/hiking shoes
  • Hat/buffer
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Windbreaker
  • Water bottle (we encourage our guests to bring reusable and not single-use plastic water bottles! If you don’t have one, we can provide you with one from our own merchandise. 750ml/25oz)

    max. group size is 6 people (Exceptions for bigger groups after further arrangement/agreement)

    Loop trail from 120€ p.p,  2 participants minimum

    Out-and-back trail from 90p.p, 2 participants minimum