Located in the area of Agia, in the northern part of Naxos island, the renowned Tower of Agia is an edifice of special historical interest.
The tower is easily accessible as it is situated near the coastal road, just 6 miles before arriving at the village of Apollonas from Chora, while its strategic location provides a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea.
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The exact year of construction is unknown; however, it is estimated that the imposing tower was built during the 17th century and constitutes an architectural example of the post-Byzantine era.
Following the tradition of other buildings of the tower genre that were extensively built around the Cyclades during the years of the Venetian and Ottoman sovereignty, the tower of Agia was originally the resort home of the Kokkos family.
At that time, wealthy families would retreat to summer houses from late spring until late autumn, followed by servants who would undertake the household chores and agricultural operations.
Its seemingly remote location is not irrelevant, as towers were usually built in places that would not be easily accessible in case of a pirate attack to ensure the protection of the residents - as well as the best possible supervision of the sea.
In the surrounding area, one can find remains of the old oil press and warehouses, while the tower itself is in a semi-ramshackle state, due to a fire that severely destroyed its interior in 1992.
The original building was made of Naxian stone and was not elaborately decorated. It featured three levels, and visitors can still enter the second floor through a steep staircase. The floors were wooden, using fida, a wild cypress species with soundproof qualities. At a small distance, built at an altitude of 220 meters, visitors can also see the Monastery of Agia, which is dedicated to the Holy Mary.
The beach of Itonas is located a few kilometers below the tower. It is an amazing remote beach with a hard access by car.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 22850 25835, 0030 22850 24829, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Tower of Agia and many other places of interest at their own pace.