The picturesque traditional village of Komiaki (also known as Koronida) is in the north of the island at an altitude of about 700 metres. It can be reached via the villages of Apollonas or Koronos. It is said that the name Komiaki was derived from the ancient settlement of Komi, and medieval documents mention the name as far back as c.1537.
The village is 34 km from the capital Chora (Naxos Town) surrounded with fertile slopes of plane trees, oaks, olive trees, fruit trees and vineyards. Koronida (or Komiaki) is built in amphitheatric fashion on the ridge of Mt. Koronos and overlooks the Sea of Icarus (named for the myth of Icarus and Daedalus and their wax wings).
There are some 500 inhabitants in the village mostly occupied with livestock farming and agriculture. Enjoy the serenity, views and mild climate while sampling their excellent traditional dishes at one of the local tavernas. And don’t miss out on their highly-rated Komiaki wine! There is also a mini market to restock at.
A must-visit is the ancient Mycenaean domed tomb dated from 1600-1100BC (the Helladic period or bronze age) which is believed to be that of a king. It appears that village life continued uninterrupted during both the Frankish and Ottoman occupations, and there is a Frankish fort in the centre of the village.
Also in the centre of the village you will find the post-Byzantine Church of Theoskepasti and nearby, restored buildings of the watermill, the olive mill and the traditional wine press. A little further on, the existence of a Frankish castle testifies to strong feudal structures during the Frankish period.
If you are around at Easter time, enjoy the local custom of ‘The Swing’ (Greek – Kounia). Tradition has it that the boys set up the swings for girls and recite improvised poems to them as they swing them to and fro.
The parish church of the Nativity of Virgin Mary celebrates a two-day feast (panagiri) on September 8 with much food, song and dance. Visitors are welcome.
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