Naxos is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and this is the greenest island of Cyclades. Although it is among the most popular Greek islands, Naxos has managed to keep intact its traditional character. Due to its long history, this is an island with interesting sightseeing and monuments. The Marble Gate of Portara, the statues of Kouros and the temple of Demeter are the most important monuments from the ancient times in Naxos. The Medieval quarter of Kastro and the Monastery of Panagia Drossiani date from most recent years. In general, the island of Naxos is crossed by many hiking paths and routes leading to fantastic sightseeing and picturesque villages.
In this section, you can see the best Naxos Sightseeing but also things to see by location.
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Kastro is the most picturesque quarter in Naxos Town. It is actually the old castle of the village, which is now inhabited. Around this castle, the modern part of the town has been constructed.
Portara is the trademark of Naxos. This is the first sight of the island that you get as the ferry approaches the port. It is the unfinished gate of a big temple dedicated to Apollo.
The giant statue of a young man (Kouros) can be seen outside the village of Melanes. It lays on the site where it was excavated.
Recently restored, this ancient temple is dedicated to Demeter, the goddess of grain. It dates back to the 6th century B.C. and it was discovered in 1949. A small church to Saint John stands next to the temple.
The Kouros of Apollonas dates from the 8th century BC and it lays on the site it was discovered. Archaeologists believe that it depicted a young man or Dionysus, the god of wine.
This beautiful church is standing near the little village of Moni, on the island of Naxos. This is an Early Christian church, one of the oldest churches of the island, dating back to the 6th- 7th century. It has round smooth shapes and a dome. The interior is decorated with beautiful wall paintings.
The Monastery of Christ Fotodotis is located on top of a hill with fantastic sea view. Originally established in the 6th century BC, the architecture of this monastery looks like a fortress.
Bazeos Tower is one of the most prominent sights in Naxos, located on the main road that connects the Chora with the mountainous villages of Halki and Filoti. Dating back to the 17th century, the castle was built in this peculiar location as an attempt to provide safety to its residents from the frequent pirate attacks.
The Jesuit Monastery of Kalamitsia is located at a distance of 2 km dirt road from the village of Melanes. The monastery is deserted today but worth to visit for the amazing nature.
In a lovely location, between Mesi and Ano Potamia, is a traditional watermill. Today this mill has been restored and its owner undertakes tours to visitors.
Mount Zas is the tallest mountain in Naxos and generally the Cyclades islands. Due to its altitude and the rich flora and fauna, this place is popular for trekkers and birdwatchers.
Location: On the north western side of the island
Description: Also called Chora, Naxos Town is the capital and main harbour of the island. With a lovely waterfront and elegant Venetian architecture, it considered as one of the most beautiful Cycladic villages.
Location: 26 km east of Chora
Description: Apiranthos is a beautiful, mountainous village in the centre of Naxos. Surrounded by lush greenery and keeping its elegant architectural style, Apiranthos is still untouched by tourism.
Location: 16 km south east of Chora
Description: Halki is a lovely, traditional village in the centre of Naxos. It used to be the old capital of the island and has maintained its Venetian style.
Location: 18 km south east of Chora
Description: Filoti is situated on quite a steep hill and the main street is lined by picturesque cafes and restaurants. The surrounded nature is gorgeous with green and mountainside views.
Location: 9 km south east of Chora
Description: Potamia is a village famous for the production of fruits. It is close to Medieval towers, old mills and running water.
Location: 30 km north east of Chora
Description: Koronos is a traditional village built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. It has houses of exceptional architecture, a picturesque square, paved streets and many arches that create a romantic atmosphere.
Location: 35 km north west of Chora
Description: This is a charming fishing village with a couple of great fish taverns and a sandy beach. An ancient statue of Kouros is found close to Apollonas.
Location: 37 km east of Chora
Description: Moutsouna is a small fishing village on the eastern side of the island. The region is secluded and provides nice spots for total privacy.
Location: 10 km south of Chora
Description: The famous Plaka Beach is a long, sprawling, strip of white sand with sand dunes behind the beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Naxos island. Here you can enjoy the lovely water, a view of Paros and some space.
Location: 6 km south west of Chora
Description: Agios Prokopios is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. This is a long, golden beach with many watersports and surrounded by plenty of tourist facilities.
Location: 16 km south of Chora
Description: Mikri Vigla is one of the most famous windsurfing spots in Naxos. The wind is perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing and many watersports centre line this beach.
Location: 10 km south of Chora
Description: Orkos is a beautiful beach next to Plaka. With soft sand and green ambience, Orkos attracts many visitors every summer.
Location: 18 km south of Chora
Description: There are many coves both sides of Aliko beach and the sea is crystal clear. The unique cedar forest with the sand dunes all over the area create a really exotic environment.
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