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“a worthwhile find”
Review of Temple of Demeter

Temple of Demeter
Ranked #15 of 129 things to do in Naxos
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Rating is always a matter of subjectivity, and maybe 5 stars is a lot to give to a site whose reconstruction was co-financed through European Union funds (1994-2000) and yet the explanatory signs and photographs have already faded from the sun...Nevertheless, for ancient (greek) ruins fans and nature fans and road adventure seekers, this is a treat...not far from Chora and quite close to Plaka (about 17 km from where I started), albeit through a rather bumpy and rather narrow and winding, half dirt half cement/asphalt road that connects Plaka to Tripodes (Vivlos) - it presents numerous opportunities to stop the car and take a beautiful picture, Tripodes itself being a quaint village with great view on the coast- and then to Sangri -with a beautiful castle-half monastery- and further along to the site of the Temple . If the road is a/the major part of the adventure this site gets more than 5/5! The final 2,5 kms of the road is through the fertile plains of Naxos -how appropriate for a temple that is devoted to the goddess of fertility... well tended path leading to the temple, with interesting encounters -I almost came face to face with a friendly cow, eagerly chewing its grass in the neighbouring field. Unfortunately the museum was closed at 10 in the morning, or so it seemed -probably due to lack of personnel? Yes, whatever remains is a reconstructed temple, but this is based on scientific finds, unlike Knossos about which (almost) nobody minds. Beautiful, serene environment. Pity that the Greek State is unable to properly care for this place -besides the path. It must be great to experience the site in a moonlit night if you are willing to walk the long path -there is a light installation there but who knows if it works..

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Okay, so this was a little off the grid, a little hard to find, we did get "kinda" lost (more than once) we almost decided NOT to keep going, but then we found it! It was so worth the drive and the map confusion in the car ; ) . You actually walk right up to the ruins, on your own, take as many photos as you like! It was both humbling and incredible at the same time. You could sense the history as you slowly walked these sacred grounds. Pack LOTS of water, snacks, good maps, hats, comfy shoes, sunscreen and patience (for when you take a wrong turn) ;) You will not regret the drive. Keep in mind there are no markets, tavernas or washrooms in the immediate surroundings of this site. Added bonus; you get to see a lot of farms, Naxos topography and other villages on the the way there and back. We went directly to Kastriki beach to cool off in the sea after viewing this site!

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

The site was great once we got to it...it seemed like it took forever to find this one though after you got off the main road and went a few more miles, there it was! A bit further off the beaten path than we were hoping for.

1  Thank jaime w
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

The Temple of Demeter is definitely worth visiting - Naxos combines access and love of the ancient sites with beautiful countryside.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We were staying not too far from here at Faros Studios in Naxos,and this spot was recommened to us.......We rented a Fiat Panda ,and off we went........It is a rather long climb up a steep hill, and would be difficult perhaps in hotter weather but we were there in late May. Took me probably 15 minutes to reach the summit, but it's a rather pretty spot, not to mention historical location and I do recommend it, if you are able to do the climb comfortably.....Wear appropriate footwear, a hat, and sunscreen !!

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