Naxos Travel Summary

Naxos is the largest the Cyclades and is famous for having some of Greece’s best beaches coupled with turquoise waters and ancient sights.  The island is blessed with Byzantine history, picturesque hilltop villages, divine gastronomy and idyllic sandy beaches.  Geographically it is part of a group of islands that includes Mykonos and Santorini.

The island is rich in Greek mythology including Zeus and Ariadne and has plenty of temples and monuments to see including the Temple of Apollo.

The Naxos Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Naxos:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this Naxos;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this island:

The western fringe of the island is famous for its glorious beaches which run from Ágios Prokópios down to Agiassós.  Chora is the charming the capital of Naxos which is famed for its Venetian (three centuries of Venetian rule), Cycladic and Medieval architecture and narrow cobbled stone streets.

The steep cobbled stone streets are full of bars, boutiques and restaurants and Chora’s waterfront is one Greece’s most beautiful.  The Old Town is divided into the lower section, Bourgos, where the Greeks lived during Venetian times, and the upper part, called Kastro (castle), still inhabited by the Venetian Catholic nobility. The Venetian castle and the church of Panagia Mytidiotissa are well worth a visit.  The Portara (a stone gateway) part of the Temple of Apollo is one of Chora’s most famous sights.

The island is full of charming towns and villages including Filoti, Halki, Koronos and Glinado to name a few.  Filoti is a picturesque mountainous village, characterised by cube-shaped houses and narrow stone-paved alleys.  Halki (Chalki) village used to be the capital of the island and is characterised by neoclassical houses and buildings which point towards its former wealth and power.  The area surrounding Halki has a number of Venetian Towers and Byzantine churches.  Koronos is a another picturesque mountainous village.

A wealth of local produce is grown on this unusually green island, ensuring Naxos also boasts a fantastic foodie scene.

2. What to See

Chora

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Chora the capital of Naxos is considered one of the most beautiful Cycladic villages characterized by Venetian and Cycladic architecture
  • There is lots to see include the Temple of Apollo’s Portora and the Kastro neighbourhood
  • Above the Old Town is Chora’s Venetian citadel, built by the Venetian Duke of the Archipelago Marco II Sanudo in the 13th century.
  • There are several good museums including the Venetian Museum, Folk Museum, Archaeological Museum and the Metropolis Museum
  • The town is surrounded by some beautiful beaches. Agios Georgios Beach is the closest
  • Chora offers some great dining with the tavernas near the waterfront offering some great seafood dishes

Halki

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Halki (Chalki) village used to be the capital of the island and is characterised by neoclassical houses and buildings which point towards its former wealth and power
  • Check out the Church of St Georgios Diasorites for its frescoes
  • Halki has a couple of galleries that are worth a visit including the Phos Gallery and the Fish & Olive
  • Halki is a great place for traditional Greek cuisine
  • Within the vicinity of Halki there are some great sights including the Panagia Drosiani (one of the oldest churches in Greece) and the Temple of Demeter (a temple dating from 6th century BC) and Bezeos Tower (a former monastery) in Sangri

 

Apeiranthos

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Apeiranthos is a beautiful traditional Greek village with stone houses and churches, marble paved alleys, traditional with a wide selection of artisan and craftsmanship shops
  • There are several museums including an Archaeological, Geological, Folklore and a Museum of Natural History
  • Another great place for traditional Greek cuisine

 

Days trips to Delos and Mykonos

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • There are a number of organized tours to Delos and Mykonos
  • Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important historical, and archaeological sites in Greece
  • Its most famous sight is the Lion Terrace, originally nine beasts overlooking and protecting the Sacred Lake, so-called because the Lake was said to have witnessed the birth of Apollo
  • In Mykonos check out Mykonos’s picturesque capital Chora with its whitewashed houses, Greek churches, and colourful blue windows, doors
  • The Windmills of Kato Miloi and Little Venice in Chora are must visits

 

 

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