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Chora Naxos or Naxos Town: Chora is the capital and main harbour 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.
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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.
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