The Monastery Tower of Ipsilotera in Naxos Cyclades: The beautiful Monastery Tower of Ipsilotera is located outside the village Galini, about 7 km northeast of Chora. This fortified tower remains nowadays the strongest fortress on Naxos, as it seems to protect the island with its high location and strong walls.
This monastery tower was constructed in 1660 by Iakovos Kokkos, a nobleman of Christian Orthodox religion who was fighting against the dominance of the Frankish in the Cyclades. The monastery of Ipsilotera is actually located inside the walls of Angelopoulos Tower, one of the most powerful towers of its time. This tower was used as the base of operations or a hideaway for soldiers and citizens.
In the center of the yard, there is the Byzantine church of Panagia Ipsilotera. The building has a round shape that looks like Glezos Tower in Chora with embrasures, bastions and large openings on the walls to put the canons and other weaponry.
How to get there
The Monastery of Ipsilotera is located in Galini village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Naxos 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 book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Naxos with as little as 15 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Monastery of Ipsilotera and many other places of interest in Naxos at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the port of Naxos. There are few buses from Chora to Galini during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.