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Explore Naxos

Explore Naxos – A Tapestry of Nature and History

Naxos, the largest and most fertile island in the Cyclades, is a captivating blend of diverse landscapes. Towering mountains, lush valleys, sprawling plateaus, crystal-clear springs, meandering rivers, enchanting caves, expansive beaches, and cedar-adorned sand dunes create a harmonious mosaic on this small piece of earth.

Inhabited continuously since ancient times, Naxos is a treasure trove of Aegean history, with traces dating back to the end of the 4th millennium B.C. The island’s unique monuments bear witness to each historical epoch, creating a captivating journey through time.

While Naxos boasts a modern tourist resort ambiance, it has preserved its traditional charm and local culture. The main town, Hora, serves as both a harbor and the island’s administrative hub. With modern amenities, including a Health Centre, banks, vibrant markets, and an array of restaurants, bars, and cafes, Hora exudes a lively atmosphere year-round.

The island’s famous beaches on the southwestern side feature kilometers of golden sand, combining rapid development with a touch of the seventies, reminiscent of the “flower people” era.

To truly grasp the essence of Naxos, venture into its inland areas, explore mountain villages, traverse scenic paths, revel in the music of local festivals featuring the violin and lute, and immerse yourself in the island’s vibrant energy.

Sightseeing Highlights:

Archaeological Museum: Housing artifacts from excavations, this museum chronicles Naxos’s cultural evolution from prehistoric times to the end of the ancient era. Located in the former Commercial School building within the Castle area, it provides a fascinating insight into the island’s rich history.

Grotta’s Archaeological Site: Excavations beneath Metropolis square unearthed remnants of the Mycenaean city of Naxos (1600–1100 B.C.). The site, open to the public, offers a landscaped glimpse into the island’s ancient past.

Portara – Naxos’ Trademark: A monumental gate standing on the northern side of the port, Portara, a remnant of a temple dedicated to Apollo, welcomes ships approaching Naxos. Built in the 6th century B.C., it echoes the island’s past as a commercial and cultural center.

The Castle: An imposing structure dating back to the Venetian rule (1204–1537), the Castle sits atop the natural acropolis of Hora. This medieval town, continuously inhabited since 1207, retains its original form, with external walls forming the Castle’s perimeter.

Kouros (Flerio): Near the village of Melanes, a half-finished male statue from the 7th century B.C., standing at 6.4 meters tall, lies in an olive grove, offering a glimpse into ancient craftsmanship.

Kouros (Apollonas): Located near the village of Apollonas, a 10.45-meter tall half-finished male statue from the beginning of the 6th century B.C. remains at the entrance of an ancient mine, frozen in time.

The Church of Protothroni Virgin: Situated in the village of Halki, this 9th–10th-century Byzantine church is Naxos’s largest, adorned with significant wall paintings. Hosting masses since Early Christian times, it stands as a testament to the island’s enduring spiritual heritage.