Portara, the landmark of Naxos island
Naxos Sights & Attractions
The Venetian Castle of Chora
The Temple of Demeter in Sangri
Due to its long history, this is an island with many interesting sites and monuments.
The Marble Gate of Portara, the statue of Kouros of Melanes and the temple of Demeter are some of the most important monuments from ancient times. Other important sights are the Kastro of town (castle) and the Church of Panagia Drossiani.
You can see below the best Sights in Naxos: Ancient sites, Museums, Churches, Castles and more points of interest. You can filter them by category and location.
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Portara is the trademark of Naxos. It is the first sight of the island that the eye catches as the ferry approaches the port. It comprised the doorway of a massive temple that would be dedicated to Apollo.
Kastro (Castle) is the most picturesque quarter in Chora. It comprised the Town of Naxos when the island was under Venetian rule. The modern town is constructed around it. There is an elevator that takes you to the highest point.
Not to miss: Castle walking tour and sunset at Portara
Temple of DemeterAncient Sites
The ancient temple dedicated to Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, dates back to the 6th century BC, yet was discovered in 1949. The remains of a small church dedicated to Saint John stand next to the temple.
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Melanes Kouros StatueAncient Sites
The giant statue of a young man (Kouros) is situated outside the village of Melanes. It lays on the site where it was unearthed.
Apollonas Kouros StatueAncient Sites
The Kouros of Apollonas dates from the 8th century BC and is laid down on the site it was discovered. Archaeologists believe that it depicts a young man or Dionysus, the god of wine.
Agios Sozon chapelChurches
Built upon the steep rock, the whitewashed chapel of Agios Sozon attracts many visitors as it shines brightly under the sun.
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The Archaeological Museum is situated in the quarter of Kastro, Naxos Town. It is housed in a superb 17th-century Venetian mansion, which used to be the Jesuit School of Commerce before. It is a really interesting museum that exhibits a collection of objects and artworks dating from the late Neolithic period until the early Christian times.
The church of Panagia Drossiani is standing near Moni village. It is one of the oldest churches on the island, dating back to the 6th- 7th century. Beautiful murals decorate the interior of the structure.
Hiking on Mount ZasOutdoor Activities
Mount Zas is the tallest mountain in Naxos and all the Cyclades islands. It is interwoven with mythology, while its slopes are home to dozens of plant and animal species.
Cave of ZasOther
The Cave of Zas is located on the western side of Mount Zas, at an altitude of 600 meters. According to Greek mythology, Zeus was raised there, and the inhabitants named the cave and mountain after him to honor him.
Monastery of FotodotisChurches
The Monastery of Christ Fotodotis is located on top of a hill and offers marvelous sea views. It was established in the 6th century BC, and its architecture is similar to that of a fortress.
Monastery of KalamitsiaChurches
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 worthy of a visit for the wonderful nature surrounding it.
Agios Mamas is one of the oldest churches of Naxos, dating back to the 9th century. The church of Agios Mamas is famous for its fine cross, sculptures, and murals. It is dedicated to Saint Mamas, the patron saint of shepherds.
The Fasolas project focuses on restoring and reviving small businesses for the new generations and the visitors of Naxos to see how everyday local life was a few decades ago.
Routsouna waterfall, a spectacular 20-meter plunge, is the result of two streams that run north and south of Keramoti. You need a 40-minute hike to reach the spot.
Rina cave is a beautiful sea cave located at the beach of the same name. It can be accessed by boat from Panermos beach or from a day cruise from Naxos port.
This traditional watermill lies in a lovely location on the banks of a small river. It is worth the visit to see the landscape and a walk following the river's path is a must.
Temple of DionysusAncient Sites
The ancient temple of Dionysus is located close to Glinado village, in the area of Iria. According to the myth, Naxos was the residence of the god Dionysus; hence, it comes as no surprise that there is such a temple on the island.
Vallindras is a distillery in the mountainous village of Halki, the old capital of Naxos. The distillery was established in 1896, with the namesake family still running the business. Nowadays, it serves as a museum, too.
Bazeos TowerCultural Centres
Bazeos Tower is a site of historical interest that now hosts the Naxos Summer Festival annually.
Kaloxylos Folklore MuseumMuseums
The Folklore Museum of Kaloxylos village allows visitors to learn more about the local history and culture through an exhibition that features thousands of objects.
Agios Georgios DiasoritisChurches
Quite close to the picturesque village of Halki, on the path that leads towards the Monoitsia settlement, lies a small yet impressive church dedicated to Saint George.
Melanes Kouros of FlerioAncient Sites
The Kouros of Flerio is located around 9 km from Chora. It comprises one of the three ancient sculptures of that kind found in Naxos. Travelers can visit the place from Melanes village.
Monastery of IpsiloteraChurches
Located outside Gallini village, the monastery tower of Ipsilotera was built in 1660 by a local noble, Iakovos Kokkos. The monastery is located inside the walls of a tower used for the protection of the region from enemies and pirates.
Tower of AgiaCastles
The now taken-by-nature tower was built during the 17th century to guard the northern part of the island. It was severely damaged by a fire in 1992, and, unfortunately, no renovation has taken place ever since.
Ancient AqueductAncient Sites
The ancient aqueduct of Naxos dates back to the years of Lydamis tyranny. Visitors can visit it at various points throughout the island. An info center regarding the structure is located in Melanes village.
Close to the village of Ano Potamia, a hiking path leads to Epano Kastro, also known as the Castle of Tragea. It was constructed to serve as the residence of the first Duke of Naxos.
The Tower of the Kokkos family lies around 10 km from Naxos Town. It comprises a historical sight of Naxos, with a fairytale-like backstory.
Naxos is rich in marble deposits and its marble is considered one of the finest in Greece. Artifacts dating back to the Neolithic Ages have been uncovered in the surrounding area.