The unique, the authentic island
Moutsouna is historically connected with emery (a dark granular rock comprising corundum, magnetite and other minerals, referred to as “smyrigli” on the island), as the mineral was reaching to the ships at Moutsouna port.
Emery mining dates back to antiquity when it was used as rubbing tool of the Early-Cycladic sculptures and Cycladic statuettes.
In 1925, a cable railway was constructed, one of the biggest and most important public works of the interwar period, in order to facilitate the task of emery workers. It is 9km long starting from Stravolagkada (an area in mountainous Naxos) and reaching to the port of Moutsouna. The cable railway consisted of 72 iron pylons up to 40m, 270 wagons, 2 engines and 7 observation points. It was in use without cease from 1929 until 1978 when it stopped to be in operation because of the road network’s construction. It is characterized as a historic industrial monument which impresses the visitor even nowadays.
Visiting the region you will have the opportunity to admire the overhead railway of the emery mines which rank among the top industrial sites in Greece.
A lovely resort to get away from it all
Moutsouna is accessible via Apeiranthos village (11 Km east of Apeiranthos). It is a quiet place and it can be the starting resort to explore the south east part of Naxos Island. In Moutsouna there is sandy beach and further south successive coves with sand or pebble.
There are a few taverns and cafe in front of the beach where you can combine the swimming
South of Moutsouna is Psili Ammos beach and further south (about 24 Km) where the road ends is Panermos Bay with sand and well protected from north winds. Nearest village is Apeiranthos (11 Km).
Moutsoula at a glance
Moutsouna is the starting point to explore the beauties of the east side of Naxos Island