Naxos Gratsia Tower

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Location: Halki

The earliest written mention of the Gratsia Tower in Halki is found in a report about a pirate raid (1678). The building has undergone gradual alterations, repairs, and renovations by its former owners, visible to its structure.

It expands in three levels, its walls are toughened, and the iron-barred windows, wooden drawbridge, and immovable wooden gates, among other characteristics, indicate its fortified nature.

In later years, it was acquired by Domna Mariora Mavrogeni before being sold to Agha (title of an official meaning lord) Georgakis Frangopoulos, along with the olive mill and the surrounding land. The last owner was Ioannis Gratsias, after whom the tower was named.

The tower has been an inspiration for legends and medieval folktales in the area, enhancing the Naxian folklore aspect.

How to get there

Gratsia tower is located in Halki Village.

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 rental car allows visitors to discover Gratsia tower and many other places of interest at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the Port of Naxos. There are several buses from Chora to Halki during the day. Lines 2, 6, and 7 are those that reach Halki. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



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