Palaiologos Tower in Sangri: Another Venetian tower that dates back to the post-Byzantine era is the Palaiologos Tower. As with multiple Venetian structures in Naxos, this tower house was part of the Barozzi family’s heritage.
The stone-built tower boasts three storeys and still features fortress details incorporated for its defense in the 17th century.
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The estimated completion date is 1699, and (luckily) the tower has been preserved in recent years; it even serves as a holiday home.
The scenic environment creates a very photogenic setting, attracting visitors every year.
Next to Palaiologos Tower, one can find the Byzantine-era orthodox church of Panagia Orfani. That comes as no surprise since the Venetian towers in Naxos used to be built inland with no direct view of the sea (for additional safety against pirates) and hosted a small catholic monastery inside or next to them. Those were later converted to orthodox churches, with some still open to the public, including Panagia Orfani. You will find both sights on the hiking trail that starts from Sangri and ends at Tsikalario.
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 Palaiologos Tower and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the port of Naxos. There are several buses from Chora to Sangri during the day. Lines 2, 6, and 7 are those that reach Sangri. 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.