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Chora Naxos or Naxos Town: Chora is the capital and main town of the island of Naxos Greece. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful Cycladic villages in the entire group for it has a fine architecture, composed of Venetian and Cycladic elements. Naxos Town has kept an authentic and traditional character and a strong local colour.
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This large town is located on the west coast of Naxos and, on its top, stands an impressive Venetian castle, characteristic and trademark of the island. This marvelous construction has been built following the orders of Marco Sanudo who conquered the Cyclades in 1207 and used Naxos Island as the seat of the Duchy of the Aegean which he created.
The castle (called Kastro in Greek) was containing Sanudo's residence as well as the various institutions and administrations of the duchy. It was designed by an engineer and has a pentagonic shape, built according to Venetian architecture with beautiful buildings, mansions, monuments and churches standing on the paved narrow streets. It is a beautiful and charming place that has kept its medieval atmosphere. In the castle's area is the Archaeological Museum of Naxos, housed in an old Jesuit Commercial school.
In the northern part of the capital a long paved road leads to the islet of Palatia (Palaces) where stand the unfinished Temple of Apollo and the trademark of the island, the famous Portara (Big Door) which is the gate of the temple.
Around the port area you will find most of the important features like banks, bus departures, luggage storage and car hire. The waterfront and marina slope all the way round to the headland, on the other side of which Agios Georgios Beach begins. Various fish restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars are lining on the waterfront which is the island's center of tourist activity.
The beach of Agios Georgios (Saint George) is close to the capital and is a long golden sandy beach lined by many restaurants and cafes and is a well-known spot for windsurfing.This beach is very busy and is the most northern of a long line of superb beaches on the west coast.
Chora is the arrivals point for most visitors and is much geared up for this. The Grotta area is to the north, it is worth making the short journey here and there are a couple of caves to look into. There is a small stony beach here but because of the wind is not recommended.
Your holiday in Naxos is not complete without a visit to the stunning secluded beaches of the Small Cyclades and to the famous swimming spots around the Island of Naxos. This luxury brand new Catamaran will take you on a cruise on the Aegean Sea crystal blue waters for almost eight hours. Put your swimsuit on, take your friends and your family and make sure you are at the Naxos Marina before 09:30 AM when the captain sets sail.
You can sip your coffee onboard, relaxing on the shaded aft lounge while the spacious and comfortable catamaran is taking you to an unforgettable experience. There will be some swimming stops on the way where you can refresh and enjoy the beauty of nature. To make your experience even more memorable, you can use the snorkeling equipment provided for everyone and go to admire the underwater world. Connect to the catamaran free Wi-Fi and share your experience in real-time with the loved ones. Your lunch will be cooked and served by the crew on the large deck area and after tasting some delicious traditional dishes, you can enjoy a glass of wine or even a local raki. Recharge with a fresh fruit salad and get ready for another swim. On your way back home, relax and enjoy the last moments of a lifetime experience.
Explore the fantastic island of Koufonisia in this boat tour from Naxos. You will have the entire day at your disposal to enjoy the crystal beaches of the island.
The way from Naxos Island to the Small Cyclades it`s absolutely amazing and unforgettable. From place to place the Aegean Sea is showing you different shades of colors, from crystal clear turquoise to deep blue or even green. You can enjoy all the nature show onboard of a modern and comfortable catamaran. The cruise will start from Naxos at 09:30 AM, right in time after a delicious breakfast and a well-deserved coffee and will take you for the next 8 hours to the most secluded beaches and caves. The captain and the experienced crew will choose the best and safest route, so you can have a relaxing journey. There will be many swimming stops and you can even do some snorkeling with the gear provided on board. After observing the underwater life you can relax on the shaded aft lounge or socialize on the large deck areas while the crew is cooking the lunch for you. You will be served with traditional fresh dishes, cake and fruit salad accompanied by a glass of wine or a beer. Cold refreshments and bottled water are available also. On your way back to Naxos, relax and enjoy the surroundings. This will be a day cruise that you and your friends will never forget.
There are many different ways to get to Chora (Naxos Town) from any location on the island.
Airport to Chora: 3 km / 1.8 miles | Plaka to Chora: 9.3 km / 5.7 miles | Agios Prokopios to Chora: 5 km / 3 miles
Tours: Discover Chora with an organized tour of Naxos, starting from 65€.
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 Chora 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 bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Naxos airport to Chora: Note that there is no bus station at the airport and the best option is to book a car or a transfer. If you still want to use the public bus, after exiting the airport buildings, follow the road to the left, the bus station (Naxos Camp) is located 500 meters away. From Naxos Camp, visitors can take the bus route Plaka - Agia Anna > Chora (approximately every 30 minutes during summer) to Naxos central station.
From Naxos port to Chora: The central bus station is located at the port of Naxos.
The capital of Naxos, known as Naxos Town or Chora, offers a unique variety of landscapes. Being really close to the sea and also to a large number of tourist attractions makes this place an important and complex destination. Anassa Suites Guesthouse is located close to the old town of Naxos. The whitewashed walls of the building hide six private rooms, studios and suites connected by a shared lounge where you can relax and meet new people. As the property has a central position, you can easily explore the city without needing a car. Within a six-minute walk, you can reach one of the most beautiful beaches on the island – Agios Georgios Beach. Spend some time there, try some water sports or just laze on the golden sand. Then you can enjoy a glass of wine in the private and quiet courtyard at the property or even in the comfort of your private balcony.
It is recommended to see at least one sunset at Portara, the ancient gate of Apollo that is only a few steps away from Anassa Suites. After sunset, have a traditional Naxian dinner at the Venetian Castle taverns and return home to recharge for another beautiful day on the Cycladic island.
Anatoli Hotel is located just outside Naxos Town, only a short walk from the beach of Agios Georgios and the shops and restaurants of the capital. The hotel is conveniently close to the port and the airport, and there is a shuttle available upon request. There is a large swimming pool, a TV room, a dining room and a café-bar. The hotel is accessible by persons with kinetic disabilities. The rooms and apartments of Anatoli Hotels in Naxos offer A/C, satellite TV, fridge, and balconies with views to the pool and the hotel gardens.
The most fascinating thing about Naxos town is the variety of landscapes you get from one single spot. Walls of a castle, whitewashed Cycladic houses, lots of local tavernas, the port or the golden sandy beach nearby are just a few of the gems of the city that becomes the arrival point for most of the island visitors. Castle Mansions it is located right at the foot of the Venetian Castle - one of the trademarks of the island. The property offers five independent luxury apartments, designed to be modern and comfortable, central but private at the same time. You will have your own fully equipped kitchen, flat TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and even your own balcony so you can enjoy the view over the castle or over the city streets. Only a 6-minute walk away from the property, there is a beach you don`t want to miss, called Agios Georgios, with beautiful golden sand and crystal clear water. You can try some water sports there or you can just relax, enjoy your day and have some lunch at the local restaurants around.
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