Activity Summary for Hike to the childhood home of Zeus
- Hike to the childhood home of Zeus
- Activity Details
- Filótion, Greece - November 2010
At around 1000m, Mount Zas is the highest mountain in the Cyclades, offering unparalleled views of Naxos and the surrounding islands. According to Greek mythology, Zeus was raised in a cave on this rugged mountain. Both the cave and the summit are worth exploring if spending more than a day on the Greek island of Naxos.
There are two routes to take up the summit - both starting from the village of Filoti. The easier route begins by Agia Marina on the road towards Aperathou. If arriving by bus, ask the driver to let you off at Agia Marina and indicate you want to climb Mt Zas. The trail begins on the right hand side of the road after a 10 minute walk. The hike is fairly easy and takes at most 1,5 hours.
The second route (or the way down) is to go towards the cave. Head straight down the main road in the direction the bus from Naxos was going and follow the sign to the cave. This route is steeper and more difficult but also more rewarding. The cave, which is on the bottom half of the mountain is actually nothing special - but the mythological significance makes it an appealing and worthwhile visit.
The summit, weather permitting, is impressive. The climate is noticeably cooler and more unpredictable. The 360 degree view of the Greek islands is stunning. Expect the hike to take 3-4 hours round trip.
Fortunately Filoti is easily accessible from Naxos town. Buses run regularly and make it possible to comfortably hike up and down Mt Zas before the last bus returns to Naxos.