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-Agriculture is still important to the economy of Naxos, but income from tourism is becoming increasingly important. The valleys of fertile Naxos yield mostly fruit (including for the production of the famous kitron liqueur), but also some vegetables; the mountainous areas are important for animal husbandry, especially goats and sheep. Potatoes are grown mainly in the south of Naxos and are exported mainly to Athens. Other agricultural products include olives, grapes, figs, citrus fruits and corn. Most of the orchards, which include the largest olive grove on Naxos, are in the preeminent agricultural area of Naxos, the Tragea Valley. Naxos is one of the few Greek islands, perhaps next to Crete, that is still entirely self-sufficient.

-Amaril, a fine-grained rock composed of corundum, magnetite, hematite and quartz, used among other things to manufacture sandpaper and part of polishing and grinding wheels was once an important product for the economy of Naxos. There is even an amaril museum present in the village of Lionas. From the port of the fishing village of Moutsouna, ships were loaded with amaril. The mines were located high in the mountains of Apiranthos and Koronos.

-Still today, marble is mined on Naxos. In the Flerio area, near the village of Kynidaros, there are marble quarries. Among others, the marble sphinx of Delphi on the Peloponnese and works of art on the island of Delos are made of Naxos marble.

-The main port of Naxos is that of Naxos Town, where ferries and fishing boats dock and moor every day. Naxos town is also an important commercial center for all the Cycladic islands.

-Since the beginning of the 21st century, Naxos has been developing more and more as a tourist island, with especially many visitors from Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Around the beach of Agios Georgios is the main tourist area of Naxos.

-Naxos can be reached by plane via Athens airport with Olympic Airlines. Ferries sail to and from Piraeus on the mainland also to a large number of islands, including Paros, Ios, Santorini, Folegandros, Amorgos, Mykonos, Tinos, Crete, Samos, Astipalea and Siros.



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