Kourounochori is a small village with a big history situated in the lowlands of Naxos in the centre of the valley of Melanes just 8 km from the town of Naxos (Chora).
A fertile area, the spring of Flerio supplies water to the whole area, and most of the inhabitants are involved in agriculture.
Archaeologically rich, there is much to see. One can admire the ancient 11 km aqueduct that was the main water supply from Fleri to Hora. It was built in the last third of the 6th century BC.
Then there are the ancient quarries that once supplied much of Ancient Greece with marble for temples and statues. Inside the ancient marble quarry, two huge kouros (statues) were discovered of 5.5 metres long each.
Also impressive is the 14th century tower of Frangopoulos which remains well preserved and habitable. The marble table in the garden of the Tower offers a historic touch to the building and bears an inscription that King Athos once sat at this table.
In the old elementary school of Kourounohori visit the small archaeological museum which houses findings from the wider region.
After soaking up the history, wander through the gorgeous alleys of the village with their whitewashed houses and blooming courtyards and enjoy some traditional cuisine at a delightful local taverna.
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