This path fstarts from Tsikalario, a village close to Chalki, that borrows its name from the Greek word “tsikali”, meaning pottery.
After the village, the landscape turns extraterrestrial, with huge rocks of magmatite (rocks from volcanic origin, formed when magma cools and solidifies) creating one of the most ancient geological formations in the Cycladic region.
Following the signs, we arrive at an ancient cemetery (Necropolis), dated from the Geometric Era (9th-8th BC), with stone circular tombs.
The path continues to the Upper Castle (“Apano Kastro”) the strongest castle during the period of the Frankish rule. The castle has a significant history: it was first built at 375 BC during the Peloponnesian war, it was later built again during the Byzantine years to protect the surrounding residents from the attacks of the Saracen pirates, and took its final form in 1207 from the Franc ruler to control the inland of Naxos. The castle is built on a steep hill at an altitude of 420 meters and provides excellent view of central and southern Naxos.
From there we follow a downhill path to Ano and Kato Potamia villages, that provide an idyllic environment with abundant flowing waters and great old plane trees – you actually forget that you are on an island.
Optionally, we can have a 30 minutes stop at Vasilikos, a traditional cafeteria in Kato Potamia.