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.
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.
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.