Tower of Ayia


Saturday 28 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Naxos is one of the Cyclades, a Greek island chain close enough to home for us to get to, albeit after a fairly long drive and two or three ferries. One of the best things for us is that during summer, the islands are much much cooler (early 30’s or around 90F), compared to the blistering heat of 45 (113F), or thereabouts, that we endure on the farm during July and August.

Last summer we found ourselves on Naxos for a couple of days and hired a little blue Suzuki Jeep to go off exploring… Never one to partake in ‘trips’ or follow the tourist sheep-trail, we prefer to self-navigate as our favoured way to explore the islands, and of course we covered 90% of the island, haring around in our four-wheel-drive go-kart!



Driving on the north coast road of Naxos, between Apollonas and Galini around 9am one morning in early September, we came across a hamlet called Ayia (or Agia), that overlooked the central southern part of the Aegean Sea.




There was a small old monastery there, and some 150 metres inland and raised on the hillside, was it’s more famous tower, the Tower of Ayia (or Agia). Apparently, it belonged to the Kokkos family, some Greek-Orthodox nobles back in the 17th century.




It was quite an impressive sight, as the winding coastal road passed with some 50 metres of the tower. That was lucky for us, as we were on a very tight schedule that day, trying to get the go-kart back to the rental folks on our allotted time, before jumping onto another ferry, and off to our next island.






These are just some fleeting shots, having parked up quickly as we passed through the hamlet. Severely damaged by fire 25 years ago, it’s still standing, although I do wonder for how long, as the structure looks pretty dodgy these days.






4 thoughts on “Tower of Ayia

  1. Colleen says:

    Great photos…I have great memories of my time on this island many moons ago back in 1987! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. dayphoto says:

    I would love to live back in the day…..

    Of course if I did I wouldn’t have the internet! 😦

    Linda ♪♫❤


  3. I like Naxos, a bit underrated I always think! I hired a beach buggy there once and went off on a far too ambitious drive along unsuitable roads and tracks. I was so glad to get the thing back!

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  4. Great post — pics and descriptions are first rate!

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