After arriving on the Greek island of Naxos we rented a car with the idea of seeing as much of the island as we could in a few days. One ancient feature that took a little exploring but was well worth the time was a drive/hike to see the three statues called the Kouroi. They are tall unfinished stone statues that represent noble male youth and were popular around Greece. Many have been lost over the ages, but these Kouroi survived in partial form. They were left where they were quarried, likely because they had been damaged while being cut from the surrounding stone. Luckily, they are still accessible today so on our first full day on the island we decided to take them all in.
To see all three Kouros statues we needed to go to two very different locations on the island. One was located on the northern part of the island, through tiny villages and narrow cliff roads. It was a long, winding drive to get there. We even had to watch out for sheep.
Eventually we we arrived at the statue location by the side of the road.
This was the Kouros of Apollonas. This statue was easy to reach, and was quite tall at almost 11 metres.
Near the statue is a small village called Apollona which provided us some time for lunch before looking for the other two statues.
To get to the other two statues, we had to drive back to the centre of the island from the coast. After a going up and down hills and through small villages we reached the spot. There was a parking area some distance from the location of the two statues and it was time to walk.
Nearby the ruins was the town of Melanes, one of the oldest villages on the island. There were some other ruins in the area including the remains of an aqueduct, quarries and other structures.
The other two statues are called the Kouroi of Flerio. One of the statues was a relatively short walk from the main parking area.
Getting to the final statue took much longer, as it requires going through a series of gates and up and down a few hills. But it was worth the journey as we enjoyed the views during the hike.
Finally we arrived at the location of the final statue. This one had fallen forward and there was still a pedestal where one foot stood.
It took the better part of the day, but we saw all three of the Kouroi statues and took in a nice part of the island as well.