A few informations about Hotel Kouros, Apollon village and Naxos

Hotel Kouros is a small unit located in Apollon (Apollonas), a small fishing village in the northest area of Naxos island, 36 km from Naxos Town. The village has touristic infastructure, mini market, restaurants/tavernas, cafe, bars and a very nice beach.

Hotel Kouros is a family hotel with 24 double rooms with TV, refrigerator, air condition, toilet, shower with hot water, telephone, parking place for your car and it’s own beach bar right next to the sea. It is near by the beach (30m) and very close to the village (200m). Every room has a balcony with fantastic view to the sea or the mountains.
In Apollon village you will discover  the oldest marble mine in Greece, which makes it the oldest in the world. It is here the homeland of Kori and Kouros, the types of female and male statues that characterize the archaic Greece. In the marble mines you will see the ancient statue of Dionysos (12 meter long - 6th century bc), the longest in Greece.
Apollon is a small village and it’s an ideal place for people who want to get away from the big cities and the touristic areas. You will not find here tensed nightlife nor “armies” of tourists. On the contrary, you will meet real Naxian farmers, fisherman and generally people who make their living not solely by tourism.
If it is quiet you need, Apollon is the right place for you but if you are a person who enjoys hiking then there are beautiful routes in the surrounding area. Hotel Kouros can provide you with the right person for guided hiking tours (Stuart Thorpe) or you can try the routes yourself using one of the detailed maps and the instruction from the hotel expert, Christos Sideris. There are many things to see, among the most interesting are: 1) the hiking to Kalogeros mountain, right over the village with the medieval castle, 2) the statue of Dionysos, tour of the village and visit the beautiful beach of Agios Fokas with the tiny Byzantine church, 3) the path from Koronida (mother village of Apollon) to Apollon, 4) A visit to the village mesi and the lovely beach of Agios Giannis, 5) a hiking tour to Agia with the medieval tower and the ancient ruins and the beautiful beach of Agia …. And many more.
If you are not interested in driving tours you can always rent a car (in Naxos town) or a motor bike and tour the island yourself using the instructions of our expert or, you can also have quided driving tours with Stuart Thorpe who has a profound knowledge of Naxian people although he is English. The oldest findings in Naxos take the history of the island 10.000 years B.C. in Paleolithic times. Naxos was populated in Stone Age (Cave of Zas in Filoti, Grotta in Naxos town) but what the islands are really famous is for the early bronze age civilization (Cycladic) with the typical graves, the long Cycladic ships and the little white marble statues. You must visit the archaeological museum in Naxos town. There are also important finding of the late bronze age (like a part of the city and the walls), as well of the geometric times and of course, the archaic time when Naxos was in its prime, having 30.000 inhabitants (temple of Dimitra in Sangri, temple of Dionysos in Yria, marble mine and temple of Aloades in Melanes and many more). From classic Greece period, the ruins of the temple of Apollon in Naxos town (portara) is a must see. Except for the ancient Naxos, a visitor can also enjoy Byzantine Naxos with the little a bigger churches all around the island and especially in the valley of Tragea. From the medieval times, when Naxos was conquer by Venice there are many beautifull towers of the feudalist masters all around the island. For the end, a visitor should not ignore contemporary Naxos with the little mountain villages, the wild mountains, the emery mines, the amazing beaches and the real Naxian people.
As you can see, there are many thing to do in Apollon but if you don’t want to spend your days trying to discover the beauty of the island you could just relax and enjoy the beautiful Apollon and all the calmness and quietness that the place offers you. Within a few words, Apollon is a beautiful village and hotel Kouros is the right place for your accomodation. You will find more information about Hotel Kouros and Apollon here
Hopefully we will see you.
Christos Sideris


Hotel Kouros !!!

From the south (the valley, Hotel Kouros & Apollon)

From the north, north-west (Apollon and Hotel Kouros)


From the harbour (North) Hotel Kouros & part of Apollon bay

From the west Apollon Bay & Hotel Kouros

Beach Art

The Balcony (from inside the seaside room)

From the sea (North - East)

Part of the bay and Hotel Kouros


Waiting Room

Flex Bar (Hotel Kouros Bar) & Apollon

Carving marble stones from the beach

Flex Bar & Hotel Kouros

The room

Panoramic Seaside view

Night Seaside View (Flex Bar & Apollon)

Μετάβαση στη λίστα ιστολογίων σας


A few words for Apollon and hotel kouros (Λίγα λόγια για τον Απόλλωνα και το ξενοδοχείο Κούρος)

Apollon is in a small fishing village in the northest area of Naxos island. The village has touristic infastructure, restaurants, cafe, bars etc and a very nice beach.
Hotel Kouros is a family hotel with 24 double rooms with satelite TV, mini bar, air condition, toilet, shower with hot water, telephone and parking place for your car. It is near by the beach (30m) and very close to the village (200m). Every room has a balcony with fantastic view to the sea or the mountains.
In Apollon village you can find the ancient statue of Dionysos (12 meter long - end of 6th century bc), the longest in Greece. Also the ancient minor from which originated the colossic Apollon of the Naxian in Delos . Also, up on Kalogeros mountain you can find a Byzantine fortress.
Within a few words, Apollon is a beautiful village and hotel Kouros is the right place for your accomodation. Hopefully we will see you there.
Sideris Family

Ο Απόλλωνας είναι ένα μικρό ψαράδικο χωριό στο βορειότερο άκρο της Νάξου. Το χωριό διαθέτει τουριστική υποδομή: εστιατόρια, καφενεία, μπαρ κ.λπ. και μία πολύ όμορφη παραλία.
Το Ξενοδοχείο Κούρος είναι μία οικογενειακή επιχείρηση με δυναμικότητα 24 δίκλινων δωματίων εξοπλισμένων με κλιματισμό, δορυφορική τηλεόραση, μίνι μπαρ (ψυγείο), τουαλέτα και ντους με ζεστό νερό, τηλέφωνο και πάρκινγκ για το αυτοκίνητο σας. Κάθε δωμάτιο έχει ευρύχωρο μπαλκόνι με καταπληκτική θέα προς τη θάλασσα ή το βουνό.
Στον Απόλλωνα μπορείτε να βρείτε το αρχαίο δωδεκάμετρο άγαλμα του Διονύσου (τέλη 6ου π.χ. αιώνα) το μεγαλύτερο του είδους του στην Ελλάδα, το οποίο εσφαλμένα ντόπιοι και τουρίστες αποκαλούν Κούρο! Επίσης το αρχαίο λατομείου Ναξιακού μαρμάρου από το οποίο εικάζεται ότι προέρχεται ο κολοσσικός Απόλλων των Ναξίων στη Δήλο, βρίσκεται πάνω από τον οικισμό. Επίσης πάνω στο βουνό Καλόγερος, στους πρόποδες του οποίου στέκει το ξενοδοχείο, υπάρχουν τα ερείπια Βυζαντινού οχυρού το οποίο μπορείτε επίσης να επισκεφτείτε αν σας αρέσει η ορειβασία.
Κοντολογίς, ο Απόλλωνας είναι το τέλειο μέρος διακοπών για ανθρώπουν που δεν θέλουν κοσμοσυρροή για να περάσουν καλά και το ξενοδοχείο Κούρος το σωστό μέρος να μείνετε. Σας ευχαριστούμε.
Οικογένεια Βασίλη Κ. Σιδερή


Workshop with Ale Duarte “Windows of Perception"

For people interested in Somatic Experiencing (SE by Peter Levine) and somatic therapy
This year again we are inviting you to a wonderful workshop on the magic Greek Island of Naxos in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The workshop is August to September 3.rd. The teacher, Ale Duarte, is a master in tracking skills of the body, not only through the nervous system and the energetic level, he will open windows to many other levels. You will learn a lot about tracking skills theoretically and in an experiential way. This workshop is one Ale Duartes best recommended workshops, also recommended by Dr. Peter Levine. You can watch Ale’s work with children on you tube
The beautiful Greek Island of Naxos and specially the workshop place in the little village Apollonas, directly situated on the sea will give you a unique opportunity to connect with the powerful nature, the people who will meet you as family and will be part of a reconnection with your deeper self. You are welcome to bring family members, partners or friends. There are good possibilities to combine the workshop with some holidays.

W hope to as many as possible of you in Greece. If you are interested we will send you more information about prices and practical travel informations
Warm regards 

Ursula Fürstenwald on behalf of Traumeheling
 Windows of Perception
Tracking beyond the Neo Cortex
Workshop with Ale Duarte
On the Greek island of Naxos, 29th August to 3rd September 2014
“Tracking” is one of the most fundamental skills in any therapeutic somatic practice. We use it to modulate and monitor our own sensations and guide our clients through their process, by facilitating autonomic nervous system resolution.
The following questions are always considered:
-As therapists, how do we guide our clients into their inner world and bring them back safely?
-What do we notice in our client’s body language that is a cue for therapeutic intervention?
-How do we rescue our clients from being stuck in the ‘traumatic vortex’, promote discharge and flow, as well as create trust in a therapeutic relationship?
This workshop will help you to explore your own answers to these questions, based on your personal experience, and to track the client through their ‘experiential reality’. Looking for several windows of perception to broaden the tracking skills by inviting and evolving our intuitive, creative nature.
This experiential workshop will use movement, music, videos, group interaction & self-exploration to reveal what’s hidden beneath sensations, posture, language & facial expressions. Skills and techniques that can be used in each situation will be demonstrated and practiced during the workshop, and participants will be offered an environment to embody their experiences while moving between the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ world.
Participants will:
• Learn to use the ‘multi-tasking mind’ and Ale’s concept of “windows” to create ‘flow’ in the system, prepare the he client for deeper experiences and assess outlets for discharge.
• Refine the use of language as a way to deepen the client’s experience.
• Read the client’s cues during the session with more accuracy.
• How to feel at ease with “intuitive tracking” during the process.
• broaden their understanding of the somatic process.
Ale Duarte
Ale Duarte ( ), is a member of the Foundation of Human Enrichment ( ) and has worked extensively in trauma outreach, leading somatic-healing workshops for both professionals and victims affected by recent natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, floods) in China, Thailand, India, Brazil and New Orleans. He is also a collaborator with Dr. Peter Levine and Maggie Kline on their latest book “Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes” released in 2006. As an educator, he has worked with children since 1987, integrating his knowledge of child development with his skills as a somatic therapist. See Ale on You Tube: og
This workshop will take place in the small, beautiful village of Apollonas on the Greek island of Naxos. Naxos invites work with deep issues of trauma, mindfulness and healing, supported by the ancient Greek mythology full of archetypes, the powerful nature and the people with their kindness and hospitality.
We will arrange an excursion day in the middle of the workshop, which gives you even more opportunities to deepen the insights of the work. We will include the local people in the arrangements around the workshop as much as possible.
The last evening there will be a dinner invitation after the closure at the seminar place and some kind of live music and celebration.
Seminar to be held in English without translation
• The workshop is directed towards SE practitioners and SE students and other professionals with some prior SE experience, or experience in another related somatic field.
The workshop will be 5½ days; 4½ teaching days with Ale Duarte.
• The excursion is a boat trip to one or two of the small islands that surround Naxos. This excursion is open to family, friends and partners and the costs will be shared by all.
• Dates: August 29th to Septembert 3rd 2014
• Costs: 6.000 (800.- Euro) for the tuition only. Room and board costs are paid separately. A double room at Hotel Kouros costs 20 € per person (breakfast included). There will be served lunch for 5 days for 15 € per person per day, obligatory. The excursion day includes only breakfast. Additional meals are not included on the excursion. Airfare and ferry costs are at own expense.
• Coffee and tea will be provided, as well as fruit in the afternoon. Dinner is at own expense at the restaurants in the charming village of Apollonas.
• Sign up:, marked ”Ale Duarte Naxos 2013”.
It is important that you sign up for your participation before June 15. At that date we will know if the workshop has enough participants to be held. You will be notified right after June 15, and we will send you payment information and ask you to pay in the tuition fee by July 1st.
To view the location of the course “Ariadne” , please go to
• Apollonas is an ideal place for quiet vacations so you could always arrive earlier or leave later after the end of the workshop. More information about beautiful Apollonas here: and about Hotel Kouros here:
• For further information please contact: Ursula Fuerstenwald, phone + 45 39272524, email:, Frank Vestergård Olsen, phone + 45 30208751 or Jette Koch, phone + 45 22552504. More complete information regarding travel, accommodation, information about the island and payment will be provided for participants. Ask for more information.
Arranged by:
Traumeheling Ap.S, Ursula Fürstenwald, Jette Koch Frank. V. Olsen,
organizer for SE trainings in Denmark



From 23- 28 June 2014,  we organize workshop: sculpting cycladic figures and learning the history of prehistoric Cyclades with emphasis to Naxos (early bronze age 3200 – 2200 BC)
During this workshop you will learn, all that is to learn about the early bronze age in Cyclades
You will learn how the prehistoric Naxians were sculpting the famous idols from marble and you will make one yourself.
During the two excursion that are included in the workshop:
You will visit the archaeological museum of Naxos with the largest collection of Cycladic idols
You will visit the archaeological museum of Apiranthos with an interesting collection of bronze tools and weapons
You will visit the Akropolis of Panormos, that was attacked around 2.200 BC together with all Cycladic Akropolis, probably from the Minoans.
You will visit the beaches of Panormos, Moutsouna, Agia Anna and Plaka.
You will visit Naxos town, Apiranthos and Koronos
You will have accommodation (7 nights 22-29 departure), breakfast, lunch (the days of the seminar), 4 in the hotel, once in Moutsouna and once in Koronos


For impormation/reservations:
tel: +302285067000
skyppe: christos.sideris.1968

* you pay for 7 night accomodation and great breakfast, 6 lunches (with variety of food), 2 excursions (Naxos town and nearby beaches-Koronos, Panermos-Moutsouna-Apirantos), tools and marble for your idol, free wine and raki for the last night's party in Hotel Kouros Bar). You don't pay for the sculpting istruction or the historical seminars). If you want to remain after the end of the seminar
single room with breakfast 25 euro per day
double room with breakfast 35 euro per day


Everything I know about carving I learned from the Greek Australian sculpture Arthur Kalamaras during his workshop in Apollonas 4 years ago. For a 20 cm idol I need around 30 hours of carving. You can use as much time you want and need. You can choose the size and the stone (or you can let me choose the stone) and you can even carve more than one idols if you really into it. It is up to you. I do not thing you have time for an idol bigger than 30 cm. Since sometimes the neck is very thin, also in case you want to separate the legs you must be careful not to break the idol. There is special glue but need days to dry properly. In any case, once you learn the method you can continue your work at home. During your visit at the archaeological Museum of Naxos you will see various types of normal type Cycladic idols amongst witch you must choose the one you prefer to carve.


A certain approach to the Naxian restaurants

This was meant to be a map to good and undiscovered Naxian restaurants. Consciously, I will not make any references for the local restaurants in Apollonas, which you have to discover yourselves; on the contrary I will try to point you towards certain restaurants and villages throughout mountain Naxos and elsewhere.
The nearest,  to Apollonas, village is Komiaki or Koronida (you must not confuse this  village with the neighboring village called Koronos). Komiaki is the mother village of Apollonas, in the 19th century there were no registered people living in Apollonas, they all moved from Komiaki during the first half of the 20th century. Komiaki is a real mountain village, you must leave your car in the asphalt and go up the stairs, have a look around, maybe visit the Mycenaean tomb near by the village and in case you want to eat something,  there are 2 good restaurants-café’s behind the main church. Liagouris & Fakinos . I have tried Liagouris Restaurant (the one with the yard and the flowers) and the food was great every time in amazing prices. The food here, in general,  is good and cheap and the people are friendly, they are not very used to tourists so they don’t speak good English but I would take that as an acid, it means they are not corrupted by tourism.

Next village you meet on your way is Skado, unless you skipped Komiaki and you came through Mesi (Mesi has no restaurants but give it some time to look around, it is, after all, one of the smiridohoria – the emery villages). Skados, like Mesi is, more or less abandoned, but here there is a restaurant on the main street that the food is good although it doesn’t look very nice. To discover the village you must leave your car and wonder around. There is a school here for all children of the neighboring villages.

Next village on your way is Koronos. Koronos was built on 2 different mountain and the action is down below.  Koronos is the second in importance of the north mountain villages, after Komiaki. Their near by the sea settlement is called Lyonas around 10 km away with good restaurants (I hear but never tried). There is a restaurant in Koronos called Plaza or Matina’s that is probably the best in Naxos as it concerns the food, the external decoration and the position. Right next to Matina’s there is the restaurant of Dalas that is also really good and often live bands play there but it doesn’t have the recognition it deserves because it lucks in style and variety of cousine.

After Koronos at the crossroad of Stavros Keramotis (where you can see the sea to the east and the west, an amazing coincidence in the middle of Naxos!) you have to options:
Before I talk about your options I have to say this, there is a village here and its called Keramoti, its small, down the valley, strange, the people –I hear- are not that friendly but they are not going to throw you stones, so just take a walk around. I am not sure if the village has a restaurant but I was there for a wedding when I was a kid and I keep good memories! As a matter of fact, I just learned that there is a restaurant now in Keramoti!

Now, back to our options: option number one is continue on the main road to Apiranthos. People say that there are good restaurants in Apiranthos. Maybe, but expensive and touristic. I would go to Apiranthos after I had eaten fish to the coast settlement of Apiranthos, Moutsouna (13 km down the weirdest road in all Naxos). Dihty restaurant and the other one right next to it (near the harbor of Moutsouna), are the best fish restaurants in Naxos, for fresh fish, lobsters etc.  Plus, on the way from Apiranthos to Moutsouna you can see the old air vagons that were taking the emery for the mountains of Koronos to the port of Moutsouna.  People say that there is a good restaurant in one of the coastal settlements of Apiranthos, like in Psili Ammos (with a beautiful beach) but I have never tried. On the way back you can stop at Apiranthos, around 18.00-20.00 for a coffee, sweet or ice cream, for a visit to the archaeological museum (a real discovery for the size of the village), the other, less important museums, and a walk around the village, maybe the most beautiful in Naxos. Note: Panormos is a small coastal settlement 30 km from Moutsouna, its hard to get there, and harder to come back but if I were you, I would visit. There are stories that once upon a time there was an island opposite to Panormos that was called Delos! An island that sunk or… moved where Delos is today. Also in Panormos there are the ruins of a pro-historic settlement/fortress  (Korfari Amygdalion 2400-2200 BC)

If you do not stop in Apiranthos or go down to Moutsouna, if you are in a real adventurous mood, on the way from Apiranthos to Filoti there is a crossroad to take you to Danakos, a real discovery as it concerns Naxos. Here, you must eat fried sukini at Giorgos restaurant, or rabbit or whatever he offers and you must meet this old man, one of the remaining symbols  of an island that is changing rapidly. Beyond that you must see the spring and the tree. I wouldn’t want to miss that! There are many cute places in Danakos but I never tried them since I always eat at Giorgos. From Danakos, there is a difficult road that will take you close to Psili Ammos (the one you can also visit from Moutsouna) but I wouldn’t suggest it for normal cars. From Danakos and if you like hiking, you can leave your car near by and walk (45 minutes) to the cave of Zas which apparently is n the Zas mountain right over Danakos. If you don’t like walking you can also just see the pictures. On the other hand Zas came here to  hide from his father and here an eagle gave him the weapon of thunder to start the war between the Titans and the Gods. Plus, it is proven that peope were finding refuge in this cave since 5.000 BC.

Next village, from Apiranthos and on the way to Naxos and if we assume that you skipped Danakos or another day perhaps, you will meet Filoti, the biggest village of the mountain Naxos. I never ate here but I walked around in between old and modern houses, please do not forget that this village is alive even in winter time and the main production of meat and cheese come from here. The next village is Tragea or Chalki, the old capital of the mountain Naxos (Drymalia). There is a distillery here that produces Naxian spirits and surely you want to visit this one. There are so many ancient churches in the area of Tragea that they call it little Mystras. Visit some of them, you might take an idea of the development of the Greek architecture. The olive trees in this area, at least some of them, are more than 2.500 years old and that is amazing.
Now you are in Tragea (Chalkio) on your way to Naxos town but some people would say you took the wrong turn at the crossroad of Stavros Keramotis. That take us to option number 2. If you just turned right, instead of visiting Keramoti or Apiranthos, you would find your way to Moni, another strange and isolated village but more friendly and really beautiful to see with a nice restaurant in a bad location. Nevertheless I recommend it since my friend Stuart Thorpe vouches for it and although he is British, he can appreciate that quality of Greek food after so many years in Naxos.

Ok, this next tip came from a Greek family but I have never tried any restaurants in Potamia, the one they recommend is at Ano Potamia its called Pigi and its famous for the rooster in red sauce. Judging from the restaurant they preferred here, In Apollon, I am not so sure about the accuracy of these informations. Anyway, if you want to go to Ano potamia and try the rooster you must turn right in Tragea (Chalki) instead of continuing on the main road to Naxos Town.

From Ano Potamia the road will take you to Flerio, a zone with many archaic findings, a couple of unfinished Kouros, the temple of Aloades and a female goddess, the spring that provided the archaic Naxos town with water!!! and many more (a place worth seeing) you will meet another interesting restaurant in a village called Kourounochori. He is a shepherd, he is called Mousatos and they say that his restaurant, although primitive, has the most fantastic meat and vegetable from his garden in strangely cheap prices. You see, it’s all about the personality of the owner.

If, while you were in Tragea (Chalki) you didn’t turn towards Potamia but you continued on the main road you better turn left towards Sangri because there stands the half restored archaic temple of Demetra and Apollonas. If you do not visit the fantastic temple, a prototype for Acropolis and the free museum, if you don’t stand there admiring the location of it, you must be punished. By the way, near by the airport, you can see a few remains of the temple of Dionysos, in Yria Naxos, and you know surely he was the protector god of this island, and also you must know that the kouros type Dionysos, standing on the hill right above us, meant to stand at the entrance of this temple.

Now that you have visited Kourounochori and saw Melanes from the other side of the hill, maybe you should go down to Melanes and have a look around. Too many stairs, I know, but this name stands here for more than 2.300 years.

Either you come from the main road, either you come from Kourounochori and Melanes, you finally reached Naxos town! If you don’t visit the archaeological museum and the Kastro, I will punish you personally. On the roof of this museum lies the most ancient Kouros ever found (around 675 BC), his body is 7 time the length of his feet, his hair (vostryhoi) fall in the front and he is clearly daedalic, so obviously early archaic. The collection of the 3rd millennium BC artifacts of the Naxian archaeological museum is the largest in the world. The Mycenaean pottery is worth  seeing (with the octopuses) left to the entrance there are the artifacts from the cave of Zas.

Hey, I have good news for you , there is a good restaurant in Naxos and it is called Irini, very close to the Zas travel agency near the harbor. Irini is the name of the daughter but the mother is cooking, a fantastic woman I might add.

I hope you have enough food for a day because I am out of restaurants

Christos Sideris