Town of Naxos
Information About Town
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.
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.