The village of Moni is built on the “backbone” of the mountainous region of central Naxos, in an area bursting with vegetation and at an altitude of 500m., on mount Fanari. Its position has two important benefits for the village – amazing views and a cool climate.
Due to its magnificent scenery, Moni is one of the most beautiful natural ‘balconies’ of the Aegean which allows observers to see as far as the island of Paros. The village preserves its traditional character with stone structures, dominating its architectural design. Therefore, once reaching the memorial site at the entrance of the village, leave your car and walk through its alleys which lead to the cobbled village square (‘platza’). During your walk, you will come across two old olive oil mills and the ruins of an old Venetian tower at the east of the village, and finally the spring of Moni and the well across the other side of the village.
It is worth sitting at one of the restaurants in the village to try some of the local original cheeses, the wine and the exceptional raki, produced by the local inhabitants and visit the local co-operative store where you will find home-made fruit sweets and traditional textiles made by the well-known weavers of the village.
Additionally, don not forget to pay a visit to the wood carving workshop, with carvings made out of olivewood, just outside the village, on your way to Halki.
Finally, one of the oldest Christian churches surviving today, the church of Panagia Drosiani, which owes it’s name to the cool climate of the area, as ‘drosia’, means cool breeze, can be found at a small distance from the village and it is a very important monument housing frescoes dating from different eras – going further back than the ancient Ravenna period, from the 6th century but also more contemporary ones.