The village of Melanes is one of the most ancient settlements of Naxos. It characterised by its watermills, its lush valley full of olive orchards and oranges but also by its traditional taverns.
Kouronochori is one of the 4 inhabited areas of the Local District of Melanes and is located at the top of the eastern valley of Melanes. The orchards and the yards of the houses are decorated by long-lived and short-lived flowers, and that is why many refer to the village as Anthochori (meaning Flower Village).
Of great importance in the region is the spring found at Flerio, which provides water to the surrounded farmland and villages. The first marble sculpting schools opened up in the region of Flerio and this is where you will find the Kouros of Melanes and (6th century B.C.) and the temple of the springs.
Unique archaeological treasures of the area are:
- the ancient water reservoir, 11 km in length which carried water from Flerio to the main town, and which was built towards the end of the 6th century B.C.
- The Jesuits’ Tower – a medieval structure dating back to 1680 A.D., and probably one of the most significant medieval buildings, not only in Greece but in the wider Mediterranean region.
- The Venetian Medieval Tower (approx. 1600 A.D.)
- The byzantine temples of Aghios Georgios, Panagias Kryptomatis, the Sanoudo resort in Kabones, the tower of Sanoudo in Kournochori, and the olive oil mill Demari.