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Sightseeing in Naxos - what to see. Complete travel guide

Ancient Greek city, Naxos is full of picturesque meadows and mountains. This place attracts visitors by its nature and splendor of ancient churches and castles. The city began to grow even in the prehistoric era, when it already was a famous cultural and shopping center. In 1537 Naxos became part of the Ottoman Empire; starting from 1829 the city is a part of Greece.
Active leisure enthusiasts should not limit their entertainment during their visit to Naxos just by the capital city exploration. The island features more than twenty exciting coastal areas … Open
One of the main attractions is Zas (Zeus) Mountain, on which, according to Greek mythology, lived the god Zeus. In close proximity is located another architectural place of interest connected with ancient myths of Greece. It is Apollo Temple, which building was finished in the 6th century BC. Today only a part of the foundation and gates have remained from that magnificent building.
Venetian fortress is the most famous architectural complex of Naxos. On its territory was built a Franciscan school that was later replaced by the school for nuns and Archaeological Museum. A beautiful cathedral is also located here. Don’t forget to visit laying statues named Kouroses that are very unusual and beautiful. The statue of Dionysus is ten meters tall, and a statue of Apollo reaches the height of 6 meters. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. The resort features favorable weather for recreation all the year round. The hottest month of the year is considered to be August with an average temperature being 29C. Hiking and touring … Open
Besides visiting historical places of interest the tourists who have come to Naxos are able to get magnificent rest on white sandy beaches. The biggest is the beach of the region is Agios Georgios, which length exceeds one kilometer. On these beaches you can also participate in numerous discos that are organized under the open sky. There are also night clubs on the beaches, the most popular of which is called "Bikini". When you are hungry, go a bit away from the beaches as best restaurants of the town are located there. You may enjoy such restaurants as "Notos", "Vegerra", "Ecstasy" and "Jam." If you are a shopping lover, go straight to the markets of Naxos. Here you will find large selection of jewelry, clothing and perfume, as well as great choice of products in food pavilions.
If you want to relax from bustling tourist areas, go on a trip to the village of Halki. Once upon a time, this city was one of the largest and richest on the island, but today it is home to only about 500 people. Extraordinary neoclassical buildings, several beautiful Byzantine-style churches, and other preserved historic buildings are reminiscent of old times. Many tourists come to this town for the sole purpose of visiting the historic Vallindras Distillery that was opened back in 1896. The Kitron Naxou Liquor has been produced here since its foundation.
Naxos restaurants will impress even the most sophisticated Greek cuisine admirers. Apart from traditional ethnic dishes the eating houses of the island offer plenty of special treats typical … Open
The village of Filoti located in a very beautiful mountain area offers a variety of interesting attractions as well. The town's busiest place is the central square surrounded by magnificent age-old plane trees. The village is notable for its religious buildings, such as Church of Panagia Filotitissa dating back to 1718 and Holy Trinity Church that was erected more than 300 years ago. In the vicinity of the village, there is a great choice of interesting places for walking.
Naxos Island In the north-eastern part of the island, you'll find one of the oldest and most picturesque villages - Koronos. All its territory can be considered a unique architectural complex. The village has miniature houses with whitewashed walls that form a complex labyrinth of narrow and winding streets. The central Platsa square accommodates several traditional taverns. Also, guests of the village will have the opportunity to visit interesting handicraft shops.
Among numerous landmarks and sights of Naxos tourists will discover Byzantine churches and majestic palaces, mighty Venetian fortresses and antique statues, numerous museums and contemporary … Open
A unique medieval atmosphere has been preserved in the ancient village of Apiranthos where you can also admire many centuries-old stone and marble buildings. Here you can find one of the island's oldest churches, Apiratitsissa Church, which was built in the middle of the 17th century. The village has its own Archaeological and Natural History museums.
beautiful Naxos Fans of natural attractions will have the opportunity to visit Donousa Island located 16 km east of Naxos. Although this island cannot offer any tourist infrastructure, it is attractive for its deserted beaches as well as pristine natural beauties. Tourists can reach the island by ferry to visit its several miniature villages.
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Survived castles around Naxos
♥   Castle 'Sanudo Tower' Naxos, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Naxos Castle' Naxos, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Agia Tower' Naxos, 5.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Belonia Tower' Naxos, 8.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Exomvourgo Fortress' Exomvourgo, 56.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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On the territory of the island there is an interesting Archaeological Museum, its location is a beautiful Venetian tower. Here, unique artifacts, found during the exploration of various areas of the island are presented. No less interesting object is the Monastery of the Virgin, which is located in the north-eastern part of the capital. It was founded in the 11th century. The monastery is located in a very inaccessible area - on the top of a cliff. Today, in the walls of the monastery valuable relics are kept, the age of some of them is more than 700 years. … Read further
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