2. Cyclades Summit of Mt. Zas

This is the most popular hike in Naxos. A climb to the summit of Mt. Zas, the highest mountain of Naxos and of all of the Cycladic islands (1004 m). Starting from the village of Filoti, we hike up to the Agia Marina church.
While ascending the old footpath, we come across an ancient rock carved with the inscription «ΟΡΟΣ ΔΙΟΣ ΜΗΛΩΣΙΟΥ», meaning “Mount of Zeus,  Protector of the Sheep”.  Walking up, we enter the Natura 2000 protected area.

During the trek, we can also admire gorgeous panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding islands.

The Short Hike:

We walk up the old footpath which connects Agia Marina (St. Marina) with the summit of the mountain Zas.


Level: Moderate
Walking time: 2h 30min
Duration: 2h 30min – 3h
Distance: 5.6 km
Other Technical Details:
Elevation gain: 419m, elevation loss: -419m, maximum inclination: 41.3% (asc.) –
41.3% (desc.), average inclination: 16.6% (asc.) -16.6% (desc.)

The Long Hike:

A circular hike starting and ending to Filoti village. The ascending to the summit follows the short hike route. The descending is conducted via the entrance of the Zas cave and the scenic Spring of Arion.

Level: Demanding
Walking time: 3h 45min
Duration: 4h – 4h 30min
Distance: 9.6 km
Other Technical Details:
Elevation gain: 662m, elevation loss: -662m, maximum inclination: 38.3% (asc.) -53.8% (desc.), average inclination: 16.3% (asc.) -17.8% (desc.)

THE LONG HIKE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SEASON 2018